Solution to traffic chaos? Buy two cars
Commuters between Sharjah and Dubai use two-car trick to beat the traffic jams
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