Eight things to do while you’re stuck in #DubaiTraffic

Bored of being stuck in Dubai traffic every single day? There’s no way out of it, unless you plan to invest in one of the flying cars, but here are eight fun (and productive) ways to keep you busy during your daily commute!

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We all know how dull being stuck in traffic can get, especially if you happen to be on the E11 at any time from 5pm-8pm. 

And as much as we’d all love to reply to emails, texts and basically save the world from turning upside down – it is against the law to physically use your phone while driving.

So, we’ve come up with eight great ways to beat the traffic boredom – and all of them are hands-free!

1. Learn a new language

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Audio books are possibly the easiest and cheapest way to start speaking a new language. If you’ve enrolled in a language course recently, this is a great time to work on your vocational skills.

Travelling soon? Now is a great time to learn the local dialect – even if you just pick up on popular words and phrases.

Check out Rosetta Stone or audible.com for audio books.


2. Discover new music


No, we’re not talking about the same five songs that repeatedly play on the radio every day. There are loads of music apps out there, with an infinite number of songs waiting to be heard.

The free Anghami app is the Middle East’s version of Spotify, and has a great selection of Arabic, Bollywood and Western tunes. Choose a genre, download your favourite songs long before you’re stuck in traffic, and just press play.

Find out more at anghami.com


3. Meditate

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Now close your eyes, breathe and relax your body and soul… just kidding!! Please don’t close your eyes!

Did you know that simple, regulated deep breaths can help you calm your mind, de-stress and relax? Meditating has plenty of benefits including better focus, health, mood, etc. So breathe in and breathe out, it’s perfect after a hectic day of work.


4. Watch Dubai Minute

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After you’ve invested in a smartphone car mount, watch our bi-weekly Dubai Minute videos to find out about all the cool things going on in Dubai. It’s only 60 seconds long, so this only applies if you’re stuck in standstill traffic, or at one of the 90-second traffic lights.

And who knows – you might even find out that there’s an event nearby, helping you skip the traffic altogether.

Check out this week’s video here.


5. Get your daily news fix


Have you ever listened to a podcast? Similar to an online radio stream, they’re massively popular all around the world, especially for busy people who need their updates on-the-go.

BBC Global News is pretty good, but if you’re looking for something more fun and friendly, listen to The Dukkan Show on soundcloud – Dubai’s very own weekly podcast.

Click here for BBC News, and here for The Dukkan Show


6. Workout

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You may not be able to get up and run (as much as we’d all love to), but there are still some ways to work out while seated in your car…

According to fitness experts, simply holding your tummy in is a workout on it’s own. It’s not a myth – apparently it helps strengthen your stomach muscles. Now we’re not saying this will give you a six-pack overnight, but it could get you one faster. P.S – the same applies for your booty.


7. Make some long-due calls to family and friends


How many times have you forgotten to keep in touch with people because you just ‘don’t have time to’. Well, here’s the time.

Whether it’s your parents, your grandparents, your long-distance BFFs or anyone else you can think of, it will definitely put a smile on their faces. P.S. Don’t forget to use bluetooth or speakerphone!


8. Sing


Whether you’re the next Ariana Grande or you’re basically tone deaf, singing is always a good idea. Did you know that singing makes you a better singer? So if you can’t manage to hit a single note, this will benefit you the most!

Pick any song you know the lyrics to, and just keep singing. Lucky Voice is a great new karaoke bar in town, so here’s your chance to practice before you check it out.


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