Con­fused reader: I thought flash­ing blue po­lice lights were for emer­gency only?

7 Days in Dubai - - COMMUNITY -

“Agreed. They are clearly a dis­trac­tion. Should be strictly used in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions only.”


“Gen­er­ally here in UAE the emer­gency sit­u­a­tion is marked by the siren sound or honks, flash­ing light is used more in reg­u­lar sit­u­a­tions. This is what I have un­der­stood liv­ing here for the past 20 years, I may be wrong. Cheers..”



“It’s in­ten­tional. From what I have been told it’s de­signed to in­tim­i­date so if any­one is plan­ning any­thing there’s a flash­ing car com­ing their way. Psy­cho­log­i­cally it does the trick and pre­vents most peo­ple from do­ing some­thing that is il­le­gal even if it’s get­ting into a brawl. It puts those peo­ple on edge ev­ery­time a po­lice car comes hurtling down the road flash­ing blue lights.”


“I’ve won­dered this since I moved to Dubai. In the UK, you move out of the way as soon as you can for emer­gency ve­hi­cles with lights and sirens on. The po­lice seem to use blue lights all the time, so when do other mo­torists know when they are re­ally on an emer­gency call so they can act ac­cord­ingly?”

“I to­tally agree. Just this week I was get­ting my car washed in a garage when a po­lice car came in with blue lights flash­ing. I looked around for the prob­lem only to see the car push in at the front of the queue for petrol! The lights were then switched off!.”


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