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?