Friday, September 27, 2013

Problems in the UAE???

Once, Farook invited me to have dinner with some Citizens of the UAE. They asked me, 'Have you had any problems here?' I said, 'Only a very few, far fewer than in any other country where I've lived.'

Farook said I was very stupid. 'When you with Citizens, you say, "No problems in UAE. UAE perfect." You say there problems, you make big trouble for yourself.'

(In private, Farook says there are lots of problems, but when he's around a Citizen, he says 'UAE perfect. No problems at all.' Even Farook's own cousin thinks Farook is stupid; Farook's cousin said that everyone knows that, this side of paradise, there will always be problems, so Farook's cousin thought my answer was better than Farook's.)

Anyway, as someone who does not drive, I am very happy to see that Dubai is doing all it can to try to create the world's best public transportation system.

The biggest problem with Dubai is that it has a four-season climate: 1) Very Warm; 2) Extremely Hot; 3) Absolutely Unbearable; and 4) Summer.

So Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Ruler of Dubai, paid for air-conditioned bus terminals, so one can wait for the bus in a 22 degree shelter.

Unfortunately, if you aren't standing outside in the heat, the buses won't stop. So, whenever we saw a bus coming, we all had to go out in the heat until we saw if it was our bus or not.

Now, Dubai has put monitors in many of the bus stops (and metro stations) that tell which bus will be next, so one can wait in the air conditioned shelter until the right bus comes.

And Dubai has a metro that makes what was once an expensive taxi journey a cheap and faster metro journey.

I have seen few places that go to such trouble to provide everyone great public transportation. Most places I've lived, the rulers figure the people who have to take public transportation are NOT the kind of people who contribute baksheesh to the Rulers, so public transportation is cheap, uncomfortable, and unreliable.

But in Dubai, public transport is air conditioned and comfortable.

Farook said, 'Don't give the sheikh any credit. You have to pay every time you use a bus or the metro.'

But most places don't provide such good public transportation as Dubai, the Rulers put the money in their own pockets, or divert money to the pockets of the kinds of people who can pay big baksheesh. Or wage senseless wars.

But Dubai tries to take care of the people who have to use public transport.

And I greatly appreciate that, even if Farook doesn't.

45 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baksheesh is a word used only in Egypt. Seems like you've spent some time there :)

7:48 pm  
Anonymous arunpanchariya said...

This is a fantastic website and I cannot recommend you guys enough Full of useful resource and great layout very easy on the eyes. Please do keep up this great work.


Arun Panchariya in Dubai

10:31 am  
Blogger manek d said...

Desert safari Dubai enjoy your trip of Dubai.

5:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baksheesh is a term also used in by Indian muslims!! LOL! a single word has many derivatives, cant judge where the person might have picked it from. Well for the blogger, Note that Dubai has excellent transport network, keeping in mind of the traffic buses are much reliable then ever before. Buses have a schedule stops, they avoid unnecessary stops. Probably you were waiting for a wrong bus in the same bus stand!!

1:49 pm  
Blogger SEO Company Bangalore said...

Thanks For Sharing This Great Post Dude
Plots in Hoskote

2:09 pm  
Blogger Khalifa Binhendi said...

That's your own problem, not Dubai's problem.

1:56 am  
Blogger qsindia.in said...

Nice post, I bookmark your blog because I found very good information on your blog, Thanks for sharing more information Quality Services & Training Pvt.Ltd.

12:33 pm  
Blogger buzdubai.com said...

Nice post, I think you have written very well about dubai, Thanks for sharing more information. Please Keep posting. If you like to Buy or Sell in dubai please click dubai classifieds

8:10 pm  
Blogger Saima gee said...

Nice post, I bookmark your blog because I found very good information on your blog, Thanks for sharing more information....escorts in Dubai

1:04 pm  
Blogger Zunair zain said...

Think back to the first time you ever heard of Legal translation in Dubai. There are many factors which influenced the development of Legal translation in Dubai. Given that its influence pervades our society, Legal translation in Dubai is featuring more and more in the ideals of the young and upwardly mobile. It is an unfortunate consequence of our civilizations history that Legal translation in Dubai is rarely given rational consideration by the upper echelons of progressive service sector organisations, obviously. With the primary aim of demonstrating my considerable intellect I will now demonstrate the complexity of the many faceted issue that is Legal translation in Dubai.

10:31 am  
Anonymous ماي سيربرايز said...


thank you

مدير موقع ماي سيربرايز my surprise mysurprise

3:32 pm  
Anonymous شركه تنظيف said...


thank you

مدير موقع مؤسسة التنظيف الدوليه

3:33 pm  
Blogger Liam Rowe said...

I really like this website and their content, really got very informative material regarding Dubai different features specially IT industry.

Web Design Dubai

4:08 pm  
Blogger Gulf jobsites said...

i really like dubai dubai is a very wonderful city Gulf Job Sites

8:23 pm  
Blogger abbott abel said...

While many learned professors have abandoned hope of ever discovering the truth behind legal translation company in dubai, I for one feel that it is still a worthy cause for examination. I really, really like legal translation company in dubai. Remarkably legal translation company in dubai is heralded by shopkeepers and investment bankers alike

2:51 pm  
Anonymous Trekking in Nepal said...

Treks Himalaya trekking tours Operators takes you that further way to guarantee for Trekking in Nepal that you has an unforgettable Trek in Nepal that you have been dream with Acute trek is part of your choice for Nepal Tours. We have your choose of Nepal Trekking for 3 days to 30 or more days it depending of your timetable, sleep under lodges or tent. We always respect our duty to constantly your Nepal Holidays satisfaction. Whether you are looking for gateway Travel in Nepal, a memorable Hiking in Nepal outing with a family or an exciting nature Tours in Nepal with Acute Trek Pvt. Ltd. We offer you with the best progressive information during your Nepal Travel and itinerary leading focused in Tours Trekking in Nepal and modified as per your requirements of Holidays in Nepal. It is significant Treks Himalaya to memorize, though, it necessitate an enough level of physical homework and must remembers that there is also a psychosomatic assurance walking and Trekking in Himalaya. Acute trek is an attempt to encourage Adventure Trekking in Nepal to the exterior world while striving to defend an aged tradition as well as conserve the surroundings for generation to come Tours Trekking in Nepal. We are specialize in organize Nepal travel activities excursion such as:- Trekking, Helicopter Tour, Peak Climbing, Mountain Flight, Honeymoon Tour, Sightseeing, Rafting, Jungle Safari, Pilgrim’s Tour, Hotel Reservation, Air Ticket, Tibet and Bhutan Tour many more.

4:04 pm  
Blogger Dubai Escorts said...

Fleshandhide
flatleather.com
dubaipearl.co
Kiss-dubai.com
Escorts Dubai

5:53 pm  
Blogger Gudang Gudang said...

GUDANG303 AGEN BOLA ONLINE MASTER BETTING TERPERCAYA

AGEN SBOBET
AGEN BOLA ONLINE
BOLA ONLINE
AGEN BOLA
AGEN JUDI
BOLA ONLINE
REGISTER GUDANG 303
DEPOSIT GUDANG303
WITHDRAW GUDANG303
PERATURAN GUDANG 303
BONUS GUDANG303
LIVESCORE GUDANG 303
PREDIKSI GUDANG 303
LINK ALTERNATIF

12:10 pm  
Anonymous Gulf Jobs said...

Nice, interesting post... thanks for posting!

11:30 am  
Blogger silvi landa said...

988Bet | Agen Sbobet | Agen Judi | Agen Bola
Agen Sbobet
Agen Bola
Agen Judi
Bandar Judi
Bandar Bola Bonus
Bandar Asia77
Agen Poker
Agen Asia8
Agen 1sCasino
Agen Casino
Agen Bola IBCBET
Agen Bola Sbobet
Prediksi Bola

11:52 pm  
Anonymous Anurag Verma said...

Angel Gulf Jobs is a fastest growing, professionally managed Gulf job consultants (overseas job consultants) based in Mumbai, India, registered with Government of India Ministry of Labour. The organization is a part of the “Angel” group having offices in Mumbai, Paris, & expanding into other parts of the World.

3:59 pm  
Anonymous Anurag Verma said...

Angel Gulf Jobs is a fastest growing, professionally managed Gulf job consultants (overseas job consultants) based in Mumbai, India, registered with Government of India Ministry of Labour. The organization is a part of the “Angel” group having offices in Mumbai, Paris, & expanding into other parts of the World.

4:02 pm  
Blogger Bharkh sonam said...

Dubai Escorts always attracted to other with their bold look and body language and all our Dubai Escorts // are very stylish
Turkish Escort In Dubai //, young, talented, sincere and honest and they know very well how they should make their customers happy and glad. We are basically focusing on Indian Escort In Dubai //,because people mostly demand Pakistani Escort In Dubai //, we provide the best escorts in Dubai enjoy the escorts services contact us +971524647392

5:13 am  
Blogger Escorts Girls Dubai said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

11:39 am  
Blogger Aliya Khan said...


If you are looking for something special? You are on the right place Exclusive Indian Escort In Dubai //! Call ?+971524647392? And you can get most beautiful Pakistani Escort In Dubai // and Russian Turkish are also Avilable in Dubai

2:25 am  
Blogger Abha Rajpoot said...

Model Escort in Dubai
Indian Call Girls in Dubai
Pakistani Call Girls in Dubai
Russian Call Girls in Dubai

4:47 pm  
Blogger John mark said...

Escorts in dubai
Dubai Escorts
Indian Escorts in Dubai
Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
Student Escorts In Dubai
Model Escorts in Dubai
Call Girls In Dubai
Female Escorts in dubai
House Wife Escorts in Dubai
Air Host Escorts in Dubai
independence Escorts in Dubai
Call & Whatsapp Mr Kavin +971561616995

4:00 pm  
Blogger John mark said...

Escorts in dubai
Dubai Escorts
Indian Escorts in Dubai
Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
Student Escorts In Dubai
Model Escorts in Dubai
Call Girls In Dubai
Female Escorts in dubai
House Wife Escorts in Dubai
Air Host Escorts in Dubai
independence Escorts in Dubai
Call & Whatsapp Mr Kavin +971561616995

4:01 pm  
Blogger John mark said...

Escorts in dubai
Dubai Escorts
Indian Escorts in Dubai
Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
Student Escorts In Dubai
Model Escorts in Dubai
Call Girls In Dubai
Female Escorts in dubai
House Wife Escorts in Dubai
Air Host Escorts in Dubai
independence Escorts in Dubai
Call & Whatsapp Mr Kavin +971561616995

4:01 pm  
Blogger John mark said...

Escorts in dubai
Dubai Escorts
Indian Escorts in Dubai
Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
Student Escorts In Dubai
Model Escorts in Dubai
Call Girls In Dubai
Female Escorts in dubai
House Wife Escorts in Dubai
Air Host Escorts in Dubai
independence Escorts in Dubai
Call & Whatsapp Mr Kavin +971558991900

4:02 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dubai model escort office indian escorts in dubai is a phase that esteem's your escort needs unequivocally with a best level of cleaned ability. Our escort office too offering you Indian escorts in Dubai. We have a gathering of liberal individuals and we thankfulness your security and 100% attempt to give you impeccable, stunning, sizzling making your time,indian call girls in dubai
an attractive stay event that will coin up for you some true blue extraordinary minutes for whatever is left of your life.


indian call girls in dubai
indian escorts in dubai
pakistani escorts in dubai
vip call girls in dubai
sexy call girls in dubai
pakistani call girls in dubai
vip indian escorts in dubai

2:43 pm  
Blogger Ramachandran Gopalan said...

I really appreciate your work to provide us these details.
best transport dubai

9:05 am  
Blogger Dubai Fun said...

Enjoy With indian and Pakistasni call girls in Dubai.
Escorts in Dubai
Whatsapp or call at / +971 564 314 254

1:47 pm  
Blogger Dubai Fun said...

Enjoy With indian and Pakistasni call girls in Dubai.
Escorts in Dubai
Whatsapp or call at / +971 564 314 254

9:00 am  
Blogger Dubai Fun said...

Enjoy With indian and Pakistasni call girls in Dubai.
Escorts in Dubai
Whatsapp or call at / +971 564 314 254

9:01 am  
Blogger Extreme Fun in Dubai said...

The number one and unique, splendid escorts services in Dubai girls in Dubai, you must visit or call.
Whatsapp/Call: +971 56 147 2203
girls in dubai
http://www.girldubai.com/

1:24 pm  
Blogger Extreme Fun in Dubai said...

The number one and unique, splendid escorts services in Dubai escorts in uae. you must visit or call.
Whatsapp/Call: +971 56 147 2203
escorts in uae
http://www.girldubai.com/pakistani-escorts-uae/

1:44 pm  
Blogger Extreme Fun in Dubai said...

Best escort services all over Dubai for detais, click here , you must visit or call.
Whatsapp/Call: +971 56 147 2203
click here
http://www.girldubai.com/

1:16 pm  
Blogger Extreme Fun in Dubai said...

Best escort services all over Dubai click here, for details. you must visit or call.
Whatsapp/Call: +971 56 147 2203
click here
http://www.girldubai.com/pakistani-escorts-uae/

1:38 pm  
Blogger zara butt said...

Welcome to the Dubai Indian call young ladies home expansion. We are the lead of an escort association supplier in all over Dubai. We are on the top position from last different years. It has all happened in light of our incredible association for our customers. Dear guest Are you searching for an escort? Are you feeling tiredness and trying to discover a period with fun.Indian call Girls in dubai Do you know? Precisely when a man feels tired and needs some redirection, what may it be a savvy thought for him to do? We are giving him an interest that he ought to enlist an escort from Dubai-indian-call young women com. We have the right decision of a man's Erotic needs.
Indian call Girls in dubai
Indian Escorts in Dubai
Vip Indian Escorts in Dubai
call girls in dubai

4:31 pm  
Blogger Aish said...

i love your posts and i'm in Dubai and we are looking for best Indian Escorts in Dubai if you have best Escorts in Dubai then please let me know.

1:20 am  
Blogger Aish said...

i love your posts and i'm in Dubai and we are looking for best Indian Escorts in Dubai if you have best Escorts in Dubai then please let me know.

1:26 am  
Blogger Redspider Design said...

Good post and helpful information. I like this post. Thanks for sharing. Graphics Designing Company in Dubai

1:36 pm  
Blogger meera rajput said...

We are from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. We have sweetest call girls. Young and passionate wench who does not fear to experiment and explore new places, cities and look for the fresh opportunities Pakistani escort in dubai. We have to move and be in so many towns as we can cover so We can be a good escort for you in business trips, travelling, events, meetings, ceremonies and so force Indian . We have Indian escort in dubai. We provide Sexy Desi Call Girls in Dubai. For Best Dubai Escorts Service Call +971523202298.

1:25 pm  
Blogger housing finance said...

QUICK LOAN CONTACT US

Are you in need of Urgent Loan Here all problem regarding Loan is solve between a short period of time with a low interest rate of 2% and duration more than 20 years what are you waiting for apply now and solve your problem or start a business with Loan paying of various bills I think you have come to the right place just email us.
housingfinance22@gmail.com
Contact us on whatspp +447513195409
Mr Osman Ibrahim

5:03 am  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home