I dress up well. I dress up local. I wear pants. I wear a skirt. I use expensive perfume. What's deodorant? I drive an old car. I love my premium brand car.
I come first, first and foremost. Who are you, what are you, why are you in my way?
I have the right of way even if it's the wrong way. I'll squeeze in on your right when there is no lane, I'll cheat and use the service roads to get ahead of you.
I'll climb the kerb and block handicapped access.
I'm so cool, I'm so much better than you.
Another car accident in my neighborhood.
In-bound going towards industrial area as you turn into the traffic lane in the old parachute roundabout.(old airport road)
Car: Head on collision, totally destroyed and mangled. White car, park on the emergency curb.
This is my fourth car that I see wreck in the road in less than 2 weeks.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds..
I have to say, even they are not my people but we still humans inside. In less than 3 weeks in my neighborhood, I have seen three car fatalities mostly excessive speed and illegal lane crossing or failing to shield incoming traffic. This road is becoming a carnage and scares the freaking shiiattt out of me every time I head to work or go out.
One car had its whole rear push in to the front it resembling an accordion. Got hit by incoming car in the same lane, the lady fail to shield completely. She just pull in front of the other car. No one survived.
Another car using excessive speed, lost control of the vehicle and invaded the medium grounds and knock the street light at the same time it was folded like a bun in a hot dog. No survivors.
Another similar wreck, but this time it flew into the desert and flip over the car 4 times. The land cruiser was demolished. One survivor in critical condition.
My people give yourself time to head to work. I rather be late than sorry.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds..
until locals start engaging in such forums, we will keep on talking and no body will listen.
I have been to Kuwait, Saudi and Qatar. all same ... don't waste your time guys ..
ATTA BOY DARUDE!
I thought I saw every bad driving habit here in Qatar but we were really unprepared for what we have seen last night. We were heading the airport road from City Center and nearing the Palace we saw a modestly speeding Range Rover on the rightmost lane with dome lights on. As we slowed down entering the roundabout, we saw the driver of the Range Rover was actually playing with a PSP with both hands! How stupid was that!
I saw how he didn't drop the PSP from his hand and used his elbows to manuever through the roundabout! I had to slow down and avoid being adjacent to him. Luckily he turned right on Grand Hamad.
Maybe he thought it was "cool" to play while driving but it was the most stupid thing I saw.
I told my friend he should have used his phone camera to post it here. But we missed it!
Ok...first real chuckle of the day...nicely done.
As a public service to newcomers, I thought I'd post a copy of this valuable document :
Arabian Automotive Association: Rules of the Road
[Remember, your lives are in the hands of God: Have No Fear!]
Ten Top Tips for driving in the Gulf.
1. Keep to your lane!
Landcruisers, BMWs and Mercedes may use the fast lane.
All other cars should keep to the right.
2. On entering a roundabout, remember God preserves the Pure in Heart.
Just drive straight in and He will protect you.
3. The right lane of a roundabout is reserved for taxis to drop off passengers.
4. Double parking on roundabouts is only permitted if vendors are selling National Flags or watermelons.
5. Take the right hand lane if you are turning left, and vice versa.
6. If ‘other’ types of car use the fast lane, flash your headlights and they will get out of the way. Failing this, a gentle nudge to the bumper will do the trick.
7. Red traffic lights mean Stop! Green means Go!
* [Landcruisers and pickups are exempt from this rule.]
8. Always stay back at least ten inches from the car in front of you.
* [Landcruisers and pickups are exempt from this rule.]
9. Children sitting on the driver’s lap need not use a safety belt.
10. Use your horn frequently to signal “Have a Nice Day, Brothers!”
"When you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer...Superstition ain't the way, no no no..."
i call this the "land cruiser syndrome", no ofeence to those that have landcruisers and drive safe.cheers
we have to realize that even microsoft has caught up to the middle east .. why else would they name thir latest product "VASTA" !!???
So unless you dont have the latest(oldest in the gulf)product nothing will happen.
but why dont we use QL to name and shame them .. get the pic post it here .. this is the best place
and lets have a contest .. lets call it "traffic violation week" whoever posts the best foto will get a prize
where advice or opinions are required am there . and i dont reply them on Main. All is that I Pm them :D No problem pal e46m3 i understand you. cz u are at the top :D will reach u soon :D
Please keep your useless banter to other posts or start your own babbling thread. 800 posts of utter nothingness.
thanks for the invite.
Qatari shld reset to 200 :-)
lol Gypsy is fast and so am i. Lets see next thursday how many points would i have. :D
Farm still under renovation when the guest house is ready than all of u are from QL i mean are invited. there is a Swimming pool also :D ill throw each one of u in it :D
so when are we going to your farmland rude-da
check my profile in 4.4 weeks i made 800 points :D
hahahah believe me i am controling 3 office 3 companies in one day. but from my pvt office i took off today so am here. am big time neta holic. i got net every where in my regular office and at other offices also. when i go to farm house i got net on my E61 too lol :D
i am curious to know what u work DaRuDE..u never miss a message man!!!al day on QL.They pay u for this???
and i'll talk to you in tausug, he heee good reports! i bet we'll catch too much road violator
am sure u are good at that right no problem if u dont understand mine :D
I can understand you but i cant answer back, at the end i'll tell you Aiwa! mafi! he heee answer me in tausug better :P
i can answer u in Spanish if you agree :D
Great...that's all we need. A bunch of people with grudges calling in random license plates...I bet that'll work out nicely...
someone will answer me in english if i report any unusual incident:P
It's reported in todays gulf times, that one can report any untoward incident or anything unusual happening in one's sorroundings to Ministry of Interior
Contact number : 4947888
fax : 4255888
SMS : 2994
E-mail : Aladeid@moi.gov.qa
All the four are official communications initiated by MOI and works 24 Hrs/day
I think Traffic police has provided a contact number to report violations. dont remember what the number is though.
One day I was in my way to Qatar university . I was near a crouded roundabout and a foreign woman stopped her "BMW" car at the middle of the crouded street flashing her danger sign . People and I thought that her car broke down and we all used other lines of the road. In fact she delayed us . I went on my way again .Suddenly I saw the woman coming fast and stopping again flashing her danger signs again . Iwas behind her , so she told me to use the opposite line ,but I refused. Later she moved her "BMW" and parked her car in a right parking place .I wondered , Was she driving ?playing?or sleeping? I just took her car number in order to give it to the traffic authority!
Ok this one time I was in my friends car and suddenly we brake coz the car in front of us brakes and as luck would have it, we get bumped from the back... we turn and see a local guy on the cell phone gesturing to us to move on - no problem kinda thingy... my friend, being an agressive woman, pays no heed to his gesture and gets off the car to check out the damage. The bumper is dented bad and left tail light broken... when she tries to call the cops, the guy shouts at her saying, "I am police... your mistake... broblem (problem) you make brake fast"... then there was a kerfuffle and blah blah blah....
Can you imagine the audacity of the guy... now thats the attitude we shud all carry!
So the only people who drive badly are qataris???
I beg to differ.
Anyway a) it is their country and b)they can do what they want driving wise - there is little in place to stop them.
But if there were more traffic cops handing out tickets and fines at least some of the drivers would be better.
And a points system to get people off the road.
al waab street is getting hairy scary - it is either a massive 4x4 1 inch behind you or someone in the middle lane in 2nd gear.
Novita we could petition the traffic Police but arent they amongst the most guilty? dont they undertake as opposed to overtake how do you expect people to obey the rules when the law enforcers don't
Let's be fair here, I see lots of expats do the same (yes, it's not that much BUT IT'S THERE)
let's all pray for those 2 ladies and their driver who passed away last weel in front of the Vilagio because of such a potential killer
What is wrong with all of you? that is the way to drive... how long have yall been here? Don't you guys know - If ya can't beat them - JOIN THEM!!!
Lets have the ROAD KILL numbers go up!!!
I'm not surprised actually. I think they have a this-is-my-country-i-can-do-whatever-i-want-attitude. uh-oh!
Sad, but true.
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It's not just about having a nice skyline and med schools.
While i was in dubai last week, there was this newspaper which had a full page pictures of traffic violators with the number and the type of violation made, the top of the page says: potential killers ...
It was an excellent idea, imagine if one sees the car of his nabour, friend or someone working with him on the daily newspaper.
They should do the same in doha. Qatari, i am sure you have WASTA man. talk to somebody :)
Yesterday, while going to work along the C-ring road to salwa road, an american car driven by a police man (I know, cause he had his uniform on)came in from the service road and brazently squeezed his way between me and the car infront without any indicator or hand movement, and then he just zigzaged thru' traffic.
I noted his number down and found his registration has expired on Aug' 2006 and he has parking violations during the current year.
I cannot understand, since he being a police man, obiviously his car is parked outside a police station and the powers that be have not been able to impound his car due to no road permit, and violations.
There has to be a way that the authorities can catch these violators without citizens having to complain. Like, we call a number at the traffic police and they send some one with a camera and photograph the violations of people taking the slip/service road just to get ahead of people (waiting in there cars following the rules.) or another instance is the airport signal, there are three lanes for cars to go left however, you will find a fourth lane of cars who have taken the straight road signal, turning left.
I do not deny that I am not a perfect driver, however, if someone signals they want to go ahead of me or cut infront of me, it is ok, but without any warning, could be dangerous. And with this heat makes me be crazy as well.
Is it possible for us to e-mail these pictures to some authority in traffic policy.
If i remember right, Greeker started Fourth estate - Citizen Journalists group to capture events like this and others as you notice while passing-by..
People realize the value only later on...
Its summer time ...
Yes bus stop sheds should be built as soon as possible. I once took a bus and it was hard standing by the sidewalk waiting for the next bus. I can only imagine the sacrifice of the people doing it daily. It would best if they build something people can sit and stay out of sun (or rain?) while waiting for the next trip.
The only thing is if these crappy drivers found some respect for people. I don't think it will ever happen. The crazy, dangerous drivers are like children. They will scream too much anyone tried to take away their toys or made them share.
can not we make a petition ... after that send it to the traffic police?
just an idea, not too sure it will work though
Once I saw a LandCruiser park in front of a "No Parking/No Waiting" sign. When the driver opened the door, the inside of his door was filled with blue parking violation stickers. Imagine making those stickers as the wallpaper of his car door. They don't care about the fines.
Parking fines are personal violations really. But reckless driving is different because there will be other innocent people involved. This is what really worries me about the driving practices here in Qatar and considering they are strict on issuing a driver's license.
if the cars are towed, they prevent traffic from being impeded. Most of the cars parked "illegally" impede the traffic flow. A missing car makes an impact statement...regardless of the fine.
Also concur with Joe's comment...too many dangerous activities on the road. Be careful out there people!!!
whats wrong with every one AT QL whom ever i ask i get the same answer. No worries will be fine :)everything will be alright :)
what else i got to do.
whole day i was on QL commenting posting blah blah blah :P yea had a nice day thanks for askin :) how about u.
Um back um back um back :D
Compared to some of the stuff I see daily, those pics don't seem all that terrible. I don't get excited about the folks that do strange things to keep the traffic moving. It's the dangerous ones that make me angry.
Every day we see so many unbelted kids in vehicles, people getting cut off at high speed, blasting through red lights, turning left from the far right lane in heavy traffic...that's the stuff that makes the blood boil.
Somebody parking on the sidewalk is pretty benign.
I think we should start a business in towing cars into an impound lot. I've been here since Aug and have not seen ONE ticket given (other than the speed trap cameras)...not a parking ticket, speeding ticket, not using seat belt, etc...not a one.
I was talking with one of the Sheiks today regarding the parking situation and he mentioned that there was a concerted effort to delay the implementation of parking meters and other enforcement due to the fact that there was a popular backlash...
Yes, it is in a parking lane. I think this is in C Ring Road before the Ramada signals.
Sorry if I'm slow tonight - what is the BMW doing wrong? Is it in a parking lane?
Friends always invite friends to join Qatar Living.
I second it..
Good job mate. Next time get the number plates and we'll start a dedicated thread for similar pics. Whaddaya say Qatari.