Off-roading to offload the kiddos

I learned pretty early on that it’s normal in Dubai to drive over a curb to avoid long red lights and illogical street layout, or to grab a convenient parking spot, all in the name of saving a few minutes.  Sidewalks, sandy/unpaved terrain and sometimes even pedestrians are not deterrents for these crazy drivers.

I never thought I’d be a curb-jumper until I was introduced to a short-cut to my son’s school. (thank you Heather! 🙂 )  Who wants to sit through a really long red light and drive the entire perimeter of the school, sit through another light and slowly wade through the traffic of the parking lot when you can simply go over a curb, take a short drive through a sandy lot, walk through a sandy pit and presto!  You’ve arrived at the classroom a good 15 minutes earlier than if you had taken the other route.  Afterall, it’s kind of fun to use our SUV for something other than driving on regular ol’ neighborhood streets.  Plus it appeals to my Texan roots.  I have to stifle a “yee-haw!” every time we find ourselves bumping along over the concrete curb.  And the boys love off-roading and pointing out the big concrete blocks that seem to be strategically placed throughout the sand for an added challenge.  Who thought the daily school run could be an adventure?

Curb action by fellow parent

the not-so-picturesque area around the school

Entrance to school area. Have I mentioned how much I miss sand-free shoes?

Only SUVs here, folks

Leaving is a bit dicey as cars come from every direction.

Cars sitting at the light we avoid. Suckers!!


About Lynda

Longhorns and Camels is a blog about exploring Dubai from the perspective of an expat from Texas. It features stories about living in Dubai including descriptions of local culture and popular activities in the region. It also includes photography of the UAE and other countries abroad. It has been recommended by several well-known guides for expatriates: InterNations, ExpatWoman and Expat Focus.
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9 Responses to Off-roading to offload the kiddos

  1. Tavia says:

    You go girl !!! ; )

  2. Shannon says:

    You’re turning into a real local! 🙂

  3. love readin about your “adventures” in Dubai! How interesting to learn about every day life in such an exotic (well, exotic to me…lol) place. And I knew Dubai was in a desert area- but did not realise there literally is sand everywhere!!! Great pics!

    • Thanks so much! Before moving here, I had only seen pictures of the really manicured and landscaped areas, so I too was surprised by how sandy much of the city and neighborhoods are. It obviously makes sense but is still weird!

  4. Lasairiona says:

    Sooooooooooooo Dubai seems to be very like Houston, mostly SUV’s? Are they expensive (comparatively to TX)? I’ll apologise now for the any number of questions your blogs will prompt from me LOL!!

    • Yes – definitely lots of SUVs like Houston. And it’s one of the few things that are actually cheaper here (no sales tax!) and gas obviously is a lot cheaper – we only spend $35 to fill up our tank in our SUV.

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