Dubai is home of different nationalities, so don’t be too surprised by this time how one car jumps from far left to far right. For us it’s reckless, for them it’s the usual driving habit.
When I rode a taxi to get my car from service, he asked me why Al Quoz? I said I need to get my car (while entertaining his Q&A portion), he’s driving along Al Khail road like a mad man. It was Ramadan month, he was holding his islamic prayer bead (the rosary version for christians), was constantly thinking ow he did not eat nor drink yet – I’m dead! He was looking at me while speaking with me – meaning head looking back and you filters on road then suddenly somebody jumps from the queue? Yes, he’s that type of driver.
When asked if I’m a good driver, I immediately answered, Oh YES not like how you drive! and then he smiled, “This is driving in Egypt”.
Yes! (another yes) because I’ve been to Cairo and for 4 days, I’ve seen accidents left and right every day. How about in India? Me too!
So, I don’t need to adjust myself anymore, understanding is the key.
They will never ever change, it’s how it works.
My suggestions to RTA:
put the plastic bollards in each and every lane that splits (because jumping game is stronger)
drone radars (drivers have good memory – they all know where radars are)
implement mandatory the dash camera
limit the tinting of cars to “very important people” only
If driving in the City will improve, then the driverless taxi will be more realistic.
So much for my drama.
Did you know if the total number of black points exceeds 24 points, driving license will be revoked for a year. Similarly, black points are charged for parking fines, driving recklessly, speeding, non-renewal of vehicle registration and others.
In case you are driving a rental car, the rental company is liable to pay the fine. Therefore, you will have to contact the car rental company, and go by their advice. In most cases, the car rental company will pay the fine and include the cost in their charges to you.