Is it really worth liv­ing hand to mouth and in debt?

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7 DAYS -

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.

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