Can’t wait to take your car rental in Dubai out for a spin? Here’s what to expect from one of the Middle East’s most challenging roads.
Few places in the Middle East have a network of roads as impressive as Dubai’s. But that is just the problem: the roads are impressive, the standard of driving is not. Middle Eastern drivers are typically a belligerent lot, so it pays to avoid nasty encounters on the road as much as you can. Stay out of trouble when you take out your car rental in Dubai for a spin by taking note of the following pointers.
Avoiding Traffic Jams
Dubai’s major areas typically have excellent roads. There is even an eight-lane highway which shortens the distance from Dubai to Abu Dhabi considerably. That highway lets you reach Abu Dhabi within an hour and a half, from the south. If you are in a hurry, avoid Sheikh Zayed Road during rush hour. The flow of traffic in Sheikh Zayed Road and the two bridges is constantly in gridlock
– from 7am to 9am on workdays
– from 4pm to 7pm on workdays
– on Friday evenings
Real Time Updates on Traffic Jams
Of course, the smartest way to avoid getting deadlocked in a nasty traffic jam is to find out the traffic situation in certain areas before you take that route. You can easily do this by tuning in to the local radio channels for real time traffic situation updates. You can find out if certain roads are blocked and which alternative routes to take by listening to any of the following stations:
– Al Arabiya (98.9 FM)
– Al Khallejiya (100.9 FM)
– Dubal 92 (92.00 FM)
– Channel 4 FM (104.8 FM)
– Emirates 1 FM (100.5 FM, 99.3 FM)
Dubai is not considered one of the world’s most amazing destinations for nothing. Don’t forget to go coral diving in Khor Fakkan, drive to the Sharjah enclave, go on a picnic or try the Ferris wheel or bumper car in the Al Safa Park, or check out the camel races held Fridays and Thursdays during winters. Enjoy your trip!