There are three popular ways to get around Dubai:
1. Taxi – very cheap at Dhs 3 for the first 400 meters or so.
2. Bus – cheaper. My work is about 10 kilometers away and I only pay Dhs1.50
3. Car – also a cheap option since petrol is cheaper than water here.
** 1 Dirham = US$0.2724 **
The taxis are sometimes very hard to find and some drivers refuse passengers and speed away just like that with reasons like it’s prayer time. Sometimes, a taxi will come but will lock all the doors and instead open one window and ask for your destination first. If they don’t like going to where you want them to, they will just shake their head and disappear. Nice.
Dubai’s buses are, mainly because of traffic and endless road diversions due to the construction of the Dubai Metro, are irregular and very crowded (not until of late where a new bus came to my route). Also, men taking the bus are ok if they can fight for a seat but it is very uncomfortable for women who may feel being virtually stripped naked by 50 pairs of eyes.
The taxis and buses are unpredictable and the routes are limited so going out by car is the best way for many people. Driving in Dubai is always a challenge with the mental drivers who seem to have gotten their driving license in the jungles of Africa. We have survived this year’s summer with the help of the company car M’s boss provided but we lost it (when M changed jobs) before August ended while the temperatures were still soaring at the 40’s.
Right now the climate has gradually changed and the morning air is cooler. The new buses are coming on time so we planned to postpone buying for a car until the end of this year.
But as much as we are bearing with the public transport system, the idea of having our own transportation is very inviting especially now that the heat is gone, it would be nice to check out the beautiful beaches again and go see the sun set in the desert without having to care about the availability of transportation to take us back home.
Do you think you and your family would ever survive without a car?