Dubai has an incredible transport system; well connected roads; a stunning metro; trams; taxis and of course those other ‘posh taxis’ (looking at you Careem). But the nature of ‘first world problems’ means we’re programmed to complain about it all anyway.
The constant stream of progress and construction means you learn very early on that you should never fully trust your sat-nav .
And when you do make a mistake, the consequences can be punishing…
You can also end up with some hefty consequences if you’re one of those people ‘with a heavy foot.’
Then there’s the other road users you have to deal with…
If you’re buying second hand, ALWAYS make sure it’s up to spec.
Finding a parking spot at the mall is a skill, it’s also 50 per cent luck and 50 per cent ruthlessness.
Finding your car after shopping is another skill entirely.
Parking outside isn’t always much easier
Ah, how we look forward to the yearly relicensing – clicking that RTA fine ‘search option’ is far more intense than any movie you’ll watch
And how do insurance companies come up with those renewal figures? How can it be more expensive than last year if the car is worth less and you have an extra year of ‘no-claims under your belt?’
And then there’s the associated risks with summer driving
There’s some odd behaviour on the metro too…
Owning a gold Nol card can do strange things to a person
Which is why we love getting taxis
Sometimes finding them is easier than others.
But we hold a special place in our hearts for the charasmatic drivers.
There’s a natural hierarchy even within the taxi world.