So­lu­tion to traf­fic chaos? Buy two cars

Com­muters be­tween Shar­jah and Dubai use two-car trick to beat the traf­fic jams

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

Mo­torists frus­trat­ing at spend­ing hours in traf­fic be­tween Dubai and Shar­jah have cre­ated a new trick to avoid the jams – buy­ing two cars.

Dur­ing morn­ing peak hours, when thou­sands of cars are stuck on Al It­ti­had Road, Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lah, an Emi­rati gov­ern­ment em­ployee, drives his white Mercedes to the Al Mamzar area of Shar­jah un­til he reaches the border with Dubai.

De­spite au­thor­i­ties block­ing the ac­cess across the border with steel poles and rocks, the 35-year-old Emi­rati is just one of many com­muters who have found a way around it by chang­ing cars.

“I park my car in Shar­jah and then walk through the steel poles to the Dubai side and drive my sec­ond car to my job. This way I can reach my work in Deira within 15 min­utes,” Ab­dul­lah told 7DAYS.

He bought a Nis­san Tida for Dhs7,000 and leaves it on the Dubai side be­fore cross­ing back over to his Mercedes in Shar­jah for the drive home.

He added: “I use two cars to avoid daily traf­fic es­pe­cially when schools re­turn.

“Al It­ti­had Road is to­tally jammed and usu­ally it takes two hours to reach my of­fice. With this way I cut the time to 15 min­utes.”

7DAYS took the trip to the end of Al Mamzar, where the two emi­rates meet, and saw dozens of cars parked on ei­ther side in this iso­lated area.

Mustafa Ah­mad, 30, from Egypt, who works as an ac­coun­tant for a pri­vate com­pany on Sheikh Zayed Road said that his wife used to drop him to this area and then re­turn back to her work as a teacher at a pri­vate school in Shar­jah. He would then walk to his car on the Dubai side and drive to work.

“I was suf­fer­ing from DubaiShar­jah traf­fic since 2009,” said Ah­mad. “Be­fore three years, a friend of mine told me that he is us­ing dou­ble cars to avoid traf­fic.

“I liked the idea and asked my wife to drop me to the area and then come back in the af­ter­noon to pick me up. It’s just like a dream for me after I used to spend hours on the road.”

Mo­hammed Om­ran, 28, from Pak­istan, says that this so­lu­tion might be costly, but it’s worth ev­ery dirham.

“I have been do­ing this for two years,” said Om­ran, who uses a Lancer and Toy­ota ve­hi­cles in his daily trips.

“I live in Al Khan area in Shar­jah and if I take Al It­ti­had Road I have to start early and it takes 90 min­utes to reach the of­fice. But if I cross through Mamzar I don’t have to start early. I reach the of­fice in 20 min­utes now.”

‘It’s just like a dream for me after I used to spend hours on the road.’ – Mustafa Ah­mad

AVOID­ING THE JAMS: The pic­tures show the scene dur­ing the day with dozens of cars parked on the Shar­jah side of Al Mamzar and an empty Dubai side

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