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If you don't earn enough, you might not be able to drive in Dubai

By Faiming_low on 19 Feb 2014

Attached Image Dubai has long been associated with supercars and the rich. Even their police have supercars to patrol around in. On the topic of being rich, we all seemed to forget that many folks with normal levels of income still do exist. So it took us by surprise to hear that Dubai's director general, Hussain Lootah, wanting to keep normal people off the road so that they do not clog up the roads. Reason being, the rich are not happy their cars can’t stretch their legs with such congested roads.
Attached Image But why to such an extreme measure? Because Lootah does not believe in car-pooling, reduced car use or any other measures. Reason being Dubai, with more than 200 different nationalities among its residents, would invalidate any possible awareness programs.
Attached Image If this rule does become a reality, those affected are likely to be from the lower and middle income range. And if it does not, a rise in fuel prices, toll roads fees and other running costs incurred, would come true.
Attached Image As an alternative to driving, Dubai is trying to improve its public transport system and foresees an increase in use of the mass transit system which will began testing soon. For those willing to pay, more taxis and “luxury buses” will be available too.
So should we be glad we don’t have to face such restrictions here?

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LoneCatFish Feb 19 2014 12:38 AM

Isn’t our extremely expensive COE and ridiculous ERP system trying to serve the similar purpose?  Only the rich can drive, and the rest f… off the road.

Knoobie Feb 19 2014 08:58 AM

Replace word "Dubai" with "Singapore".



bellboy Feb 19 2014 09:15 AM

I wouldn’t expect anything less from a city built by slaves.

LiuDeHua Feb 19 2014 09:19 AM

I agree with the Direct General. Perhaps the press has twisted the words he used.


Dubai has plenty of subsidies for fuel and vehicle registration fees. What you find is that people are buying used cars for less than $1,000 and not only congesting the roads but also creating massive pollution.


In any other place in the world, such road users would most likely use public transportation rather than use their own cars given the costs involved.

STF71 Feb 19 2014 09:39 AM

Restrictions? Glad? I think I see the same thing here in Singapore. Same thing, same demands, same cost-of-living-on-the-road. Same ol' same ol'. Just maybe the words used are more "polite" here ;)

dragonballdidi Feb 19 2014 09:40 AM

If all the riches is using the road. who is the one sending all the delivery and transport their fuel?


The road is meant to be for all motorist, it cannot deter the poor to not use the road just because they cannot get the shiokness from their V8 engine.

Kratoschumacher Feb 19 2014 12:39 PM

I believe this is what we are trying to achieve with the new financing restrictions, erp, taxes, increasing maintenance costs, etc. 


Looking forward to their luxury buses!

Si4dr Feb 19 2014 01:20 PM

So should we be glad we don’t have to face such restrictions here YET?

Vinceng Feb 19 2014 03:32 PM

Singapore is already like Dubai, where only the rich can afford over $70K for a piece of paper to register their cars. Midle income people are buying cars in Singapore but many are stretched beyond their financial means. Just look at the no. of relatively new repossessed cars put up for bidding.

Pandapura Feb 21 2014 12:24 AM

Ideas for a certain someone to consider "porting" over to Singapore?

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