Dubai Consumer Mirror

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Rain, Roads and Rampage in Dubai

Dubai motorists get high on rain drops.

I don't know if its something in the weather that gets mixed with the falling showers, but whatever it is, it makes Dubai motorists act as if they are on some kind of 'Halal' extasy.

There are 2 distinguished stages for this rain-high.

First, you have the hypnotizing effect of constant exposure to Hazard flashers (blinkers) of 10,000 cars for a minimum of 3 hours.

That, combined with mind numbing traffic gridlock thanks to the curvaceous bottlenecks of Dubai highways, will glide the bewildered driver into a deep journey of meditation, contemplation and tranquility.

At this stage, the driver will enjoy discovering trees, buildings and signboards he never noticed during his slow dull drives in the rest of the 364 non-rainy days.

Then it happens. After 4 or 5 hours, the roads are suddenly clear and stage two kicks in.

Cars are steaming and blood is starting to boil; our driver starts to accelerates. In his mind flashes of childhood fantasies of Starsky&Hutch's red Torino asphalt burning moves ... the gradual increase of rain drop thumbing on the hood ... The trance begins!

Shapes are forming on the windshield. The faster he goes, the more "fantasic" they get. Liquid shapes and forms caused by the spraying splatter splash of the car he is tailgating... "get closer" his mind tells him " you will see more groovy watery shapes".. He starts to tail-gate more. Those shapes aren't statisfying enough... What do to? He needs more.

Time to tailgate another one while in his mind, he is desperate to discover the potential of his (Echo, Sunny, Peugeot 206..etc) on wet surfaces. There is nothing better than a zigzag style trail motion to quench is thirst for slippery slops induced inertias.

He starts to flash everyone, making rights, lefts and sudden breaks with Hazard blinkers still on. No one knows if he is in some sort of emergency, if he is taking his in-labor wife to the hospital or maybe he is carrying an injured construction worker who he just pulled from under another collapsed wall, crane or wrecked bus?

None of that sadly... he is just another rain junkie driver on the road!

Going to Dubai: 10 minutes drive turns into a 4hr nightmare

Drivers on the left: stage one, drivers on the right: stage two


  • Professor.. stop making fun and leave them alone. Let them enjoy the unusual weather.

    By Blogger A Yahya, at February 21, 2006 at 10:34 AM  

  • I can't help it .. i am jealous for being indoors while they are out there trippin on it :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at February 21, 2006 at 10:50 AM  

  • i'm sitting in my office with soiled pants.. but it was amazing.. rain in dubai is beautiful...

    the accidents yes, if u have nice smooth roads cars tend to slip (those fools who are passing through stage 2)

    By Blogger Harsha, at February 21, 2006 at 11:40 AM  

  • oh well enjoy it while it lasts!
    tho it took me 4.5hrs to get to dubai from shj! :-/

    By Anonymous Because of B, at February 21, 2006 at 1:26 PM  

  • I wonder how many UAE new car owners actually know where their wiper switch is until it rains?!

    By Blogger nzm, at February 21, 2006 at 7:43 PM  

  • Why is it that some drivers switch on their hazard lights when it rains or when it fogs?

    By Blogger (((dXb))), at February 22, 2006 at 10:12 AM  

  • it is because they are STOOOOOPIDE.

    By Blogger CG, at February 22, 2006 at 12:00 PM  

  • Let us not forget those hormonally overcharged Lotharios who's adour doesn't dim in the least when its 50 degrees outside and in the middle of the sweltering heat in their darkened out cars are romancing( to put it politely).
    Think of the same in those ridiculously darkened out cars making out in the cars while driving on the already dangerously slippery roads.( thank heavens it does not snow... just to look cool the idiots wouldn't bother with snow tires).
    When the rain brings out the romantic side in the most jaded of us, imagine what it does to them.
    This is really an issue that Dubai Police ought to look into btw. Its not the overspeeding that causes accidents; its the "FIDDLING" that causes them.

    By Blogger kaya, at February 22, 2006 at 9:19 PM  

  • @ harsha
    Perhaps you should rephrase "i'm sitting in my office with soiled pants.. " (teeheehheee)
    Was it you or ghatan who was 3 years old in '86?

    By Blogger kaya, at February 22, 2006 at 9:29 PM  

  • it was she. the girl with the soiled pants........HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    By Blogger CG, at February 22, 2006 at 10:04 PM  

  • wikked @ cg

    By Blogger kaya, at February 23, 2006 at 12:30 AM  

  • i wasnt 3 in 86

    whats wrong with getting ur pants soiled in the rain puddles?

    hmmm. my verification word says 'pjcg'

    By Blogger Harsha, at February 23, 2006 at 10:13 AM  

  • i like your post prof...

    i hate hazard lights

    By Blogger BuJ, at February 24, 2006 at 12:42 PM  

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