Is it really worth living hand to mouth and in debt?
Let’s be more realistic, it is not worth living hand-mouth and being indebted in the process, either you improve your situation by finding a better paid job or you just leave for greener pastures, otherwise you are really wasting away precious days. Anthony, Dubai hours a day at Dhs2 per hour to 14 hours at Dhs4. That is what they call tax. In addition, police are more active on giving fines for so-called illegal parking (even though before same parking was allowed) as they are on traffic safety. While the economy is going down – much less tourists if you do not take into account those who are seeking a job and will not spend during their visit – people who pay fines and higher taxes (knowledge dirham has doubled, grape licence almost doubled, utility bills increase regularly etc), will just spend less money. Hence shops closing down, even in what should be busy areas such as Downtown. Sad for Dubai. Lemon juice provides great vitamins to the Happy few, until no lemons left. Taxedandtired UAE Dubai is no walking city. Some cities just aren’t and this is one of them. But when the little walking that has to be done turns into a game of will-I-or-won’t-I make-it-across-alive then something has gone wrong. Most of the pedestrian crossings – the ones without lights – are located on roads with relatively low speed limits. But that’s no deterrent to the drivers who tear across these crossings on a daily basis. I’m fortunate enough to be able to walk to work every day, passing through four small crossings and two large ones. And there is barely a day goes by where I don’t have to stop midway to let a car speed over the crossing right in front of me, or jog across just to make it. Even courteous road users appear to drive down the street at 80kph before slamming on the brakes, even on red-light crossings. It creates anxiety for you and the motorist. Then if you hesitate to cross, they often push forward and drive over the black and white lines anyway. In this city drivers aren’t used to pedestrians, but that should be no excuse. If you see someone in front of you, you stop. So, the solution? Well, we could make penalties tougher, but all the fines and court cases won’t bring you back when you are under the wheels of a 4x4. On those crossings where there are red lights, drivers almost always stop, albeit often abruptly. Because it’s the law and because you’ll lose your car for up to a month if you don’t. With zebrastyle crossings it’s left to a driver’s judgment, though you will be fined Dhs500. If you hit and kill someone you’re likely to go to jail. In 2014, 20 pedestrians were killed every week on the UAE’s roads. I bet those drivers don’t sleep easy knowing what they did, their fault or not. So next time you speed up to a pedestrian crossing, keep that in mind.