Rain, Roads and Rampage in Dubai
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!
Drivers on the left: stage one, drivers on the right: stage two