Thursday, March 23, 2006

Jebel Ali to Umm Suqeim: 15 minutes!

BetterArf's school hold a musical evening every year, and I always like to go because some of their kids are just incredibly talented. (And it's free, of course). One of their current crop recently won Young Gulf Musician of the Year in Bahrain, and boy can he hammer those ivories!

But I digress. The gig was due to kick off at 7pm, so we left Jelly Baby at 6 to allow us plenty of time to crawl along the Sheikh Zayed Road. Well, I don't know quite what's happened, but the traffic was moving at a fairly normal pace so we actually did the trip in 15 minutes. Amazing. Well, normal, but still amazing - if this keeps up we might get our social life back.

Another transport story - Sheikh Mohammed kicked off the construction of the Dubai Metro yesterday. This will involve three years of construction work, and it's gonna cause chaos in Old Dubai. But, as they say, no pain, no gain.


Blogger nzm said...

Life around DIC/DMC/Marina has considerably improved since they opened Interchange 4.5.

Shhh - don't tell anyone - we like it like this! :-)

10:02 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

Ain't that the truth. I can't believe how traffic-free the roads around Marina and the free zones is, in the mornings especially.
I was about to write a piece on my blog about it because I thought it was a freakish one-off earlier in the week but every day has been the same.
Trouble is that with empty-ish big wide roads the lunatics are able to do even higher speeds.

6:01 pm  
Blogger secretdubai said...

You all lie.

Or you own helicopters.

11:19 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

SD - funny you should say that - J bought a helicopter today.

Ok - so it's 2' long, remote controlled and fits in our apartment, but hey, at least we own one now!

Honest injun, we're telling the truth. The traffic has improved around this area.

7:51 pm  

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