Driving vs. Public Transportation in Dubai

I got my license 2 years ago, but I didn't get a car like most expat brats here. I instead got a Silver Dubai Nol card (Not even gold!), and the metro was my mode of transportation for 2 years.
After starting work, I realised pretty soon that taking the public transportation would simply not be feasable. It would mean taking a bus and a metro daily, which is a complete nightmare.
Finally, Dad bought me a car. A Toyota Yaris. Cute, small, easy to drive in.
As most of you know, Dubai pretty much has its own set of road rules. Such as:
1) Do not indicate, EVER.
2) If the person is driving slowly, they are a moron.
3) If the person is driving fast, they are a moron.
4) If the person is driving the speed limit, they are driving too slow, and hence, a moron.

Weeee!
Anyway, to get back on topic, this weekend, the Eid weekend, I had plans of driving my family to a nice dinner, to thank them for the car, and to celebrate my first real salary; to just enjoy spending time with them.
I got into the car, slightly nervous. You see, this would be the first time my Dad, my Mom and my sister were all driving with me since the one other time, where I wasn't really all that impressive. Now, I'm sort of like the butt of the joke like, "Haha, Savannah is such an awful driver."
This weekend did nothing to rectify that image.
After dinner, on our way home at an intersection, with all three of them telling me which way to go, I got confused and drove in the wrong direction. In a one way street. With oncoming traffic.

"OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!"

"TURN THE CAR AROUND. TURN IT AROUND."

"WE COULD HAVE DIED! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!!!"

We drove back in absolute, silence. You would think that at least now I would drive back properly.

Nope. I turned and entered the wrong lane. I wanted to die.

"It was all your fault, you shouldn't have confused me with all your directions."

"YOU'RE THE DRIVER, you're supposed to know how to drive."

"YOU'RE NEVER ENTERING MY CAR EVER AGAIN."

"GOOD. I don't want you to KILL ME."

Yeah, I'm never driving again. Where's my trusty Nol card?

Have you had awful Dubai driving experiences, or had bad experiences with public transportation? Facebook me or Tweet me. Oh, and Happy Eid, you guys!

1 comment

  1. My parents forced me to drive almost everyday after I got my license- it's all about practice! I'm sure you won't have bad experiences a while from now, now that you have your car!

    By the way, I wrote a blogpost around a year ago about what Dubai roads can teach you on life. You might find it interesting:
    http://spill-beans.blogspot.com/2011/10/dubai-roadsand-what-they-tell-us-about.html

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