Etisalat to cut the cost of broadband: my connection will now cost Dhs 189 (US$51.45) a month instead of Dhs 250. This is for an allegedly 512Kb connection that is upgraded for free to 1Mb. Whatever speed it's supposed to be, it still costs a lot more than it should, even at the new price.
Dubai Creek Water Taxi (abra) fares are set to double from 50 fils (13 cents) to 1 dirham. This is the first increase in twenty years! The abras are wonderful things - you sit on a long box down the middle of the boat, back-to-back with the folks on the other side. You brace your feet against the edge of the boat, and you hang on tightly to your camera and mobile phone. It's absolutely the quickest and cheapest way to cross the creek, and I love it. There's talk of introducing solar powered abras, but I like the stench of diesel fumes emanating from the bit where the driver sits.
The third item has turned into a bit of a dissertation, so I'm gonna slap it into another post.