The UAE has some excellent road infrastructure that makes every corner of the country accessible. But even the best roads suffer from traffic jams and the UAE’s highways are no exception. Whether you’re driving into Dubai Marina or driving out towards Sharjah, or just trying to get onto Hessa Street, you’re going to run into plenty of traffic. So here’s our guide on how survive traffic in the UAE.
A key part of surviving traffic in the UAE is to be prepared. This covers everything from packing your favourite snacks and drinks (commuting whilst hungry is never a good idea!) to leaving work/home at a different time in order to avoid traffic snarls. No one wants to do more work than they have to but if staying back a little later or waking up a little earlier means a shorter commute time, it’s surely worth it, right? Also, make sure you’ve visited the restroom before you venture out onto the road – trust us!
If you find yourself time poor in general and unable to squeeze in any book reading time, consider listening to an audiobook which is a recording of a reading of a book. Audiobooks are an excellent way to pass the time in traffic and get your daily ‘reading’ in. You could also try learning a new language this way. Listening to standup comedy sets is another excellent alternative to books and will leave you with happy tears while you endure the bumper to bumper crawl in rush hour. You could also setup a playlist specifically for your commute with the sort of tunes that make the drive more bearable. From gangster rap to the latest chartbusters or even some soothing, meditative music or ambient chillout; go with what works for you. Just don’t relax too much behind the wheel!
Sharpen up your maths skills and play games with number plates – how fast can you add up all the numbers? Or you could turn your steering wheel into a makeshift drum and tap along to the music (listen to drum and bass to really challenge yourself). If there are others in the car with you, try a game of I Spy or you could ignite a fiery food debate, like whether smashed avocado is a fad or if pineapple on pizza should be punishable. The commute may be long but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun – the only limit is your imagination, really!
Some other handy tips to help you survive UAE traffic:
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