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Old 11th July 2019, 16:19   #1
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According to a media report, Dubai Municipality is fining residents AED 500 for parking their cars in public places and leaving them unwashed for a long period of time. The authorities have said that leaving your car unwashed affects the cleanliness and the aesthetic appearance of the city.

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The report suggests that municipal inspectors will look out for such cars. The cars will be checked to see if they have been damaged, vandalised, contain rubbish, or if they have been stationary for a long time. Once such dirty cars are identified, a notice will be stuck on the windshield. Owners will have 15 days to clean the car, failing which, the car will be impounded. If the owner does not contact the municipality, the vehicle will be auctioned off.

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According to a media report, Dubai Municipality is fining residents AED 500 for parking their cars in public places and leaving them unwashed for a long period of time. The authorities have said that leaving your car unwashed affects the cleanliness and the aesthetic appearance of the city.
Very good move indeed. With a majority of the population being expats, many of them unfortunately leaving the country for good abandoning their cars, it is common to find such dusty cars across the city in public parking, malls, airport parking lots, etc. They not only look bad, but unnecessarily occupy a parking spot. And for auto buffs, it is sad to look at some gems rotting away!

Dubai has also recently increased the fines for:
  • Not giving way to Emergency vehicles: 3,000 AED + 30 days confiscation + 6 black points
  • Pedestrians not using zebra crossing: 500 AED
At the same time, they also implemented an initiative where the police will waive of your accumulated fines if you do not get a new fine for -
  • 3 months - 25% waiver
  • 6 months - 50% waiver
  • 9 months - 75% waiver
  • 12 months - 100% waiver
I have two speeding fines and now I am thinking to keep an egg under the throttle. Hopefully I will get a waiver.
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The authorities have said that leaving your car unwashed affects the cleanliness and the aesthetic appearance of the city
These rich cities have real problems. Damn, I feel sorry for the citizens because of all those dusty cars affecting the aesthetic appearance of the city. Thankfully, Indian cities have simpler "car problems" like air pollution, traffic congestion, road rage and crime.

As Notorious BIG says "more money we come across, more problems we see"


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This isn't anything new. The provision of fining dirty cars existed for a long time. This is more of an awareness drive.

The same provision exists for residential and commercial buildings.
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This is not new. Although in the years past action was taken once someone (usually the street and city cleaning authorities) complained if a car was sitting too long in the car park or by the road hampering the cleaning of area. The authorities would stick a notice on the car and would impound it not rectified.

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This rule has been in the city for, as long as I can remember.
Attached is how it looks like.
I snapped this tonight, 11.07.2019 at 20.30hrs, DXB time.
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This isn't anything new. The provision of fining dirty cars existed for a long time. This is more of an awareness drive.

The same provision exists for residential and commercial buildings.

Agree. This rule has existed since many years ago, I remember this from the time I was a kid. They also have rules disallowing hanging laundry in balconies.
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Every apartment complex has car cleaners who do a fab job every morning, for just AED 100. Water points are in place, in fact, my boy has the shampoo and wax that I have given him. When the complete infrastructure is in place why can't residents at least keep the car washed? These pictures are abandoned cars. People who get caught in the debt trap, just park wherever and scoot the country. It's very rare to see an unloved car in Dubai.
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First world problems all the way.

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All I see is a third world problem of sitting back and mocking the first world.

The same people who openly flout laws here, are prime candidates for citizen of the year awards there. Ask me how I know - I was born and raised in Dubai.

With all of its shortcomings, Dubai knows how to implement laws. They know how to hurt people the right way for the collective good of Dubai, the product.

There is no dearth of laws in india. Only a dearth of people willing to abide by it. Not in anyway helped by the lawmakers and LEOs who can easily be bought out by waving the face of our independence in their face. Money.

Keeping your city clean has nothing to do with pollution or poverty or anything else. I have asthma. That doesn't mean I'll take a dump in the middle of my living room.
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All I see is a third world problem of sitting back and mocking the first world.

The same people who openly flout laws here, are prime candidates for citizen of the year awards there. Ask me how I know - I was born and raised in Dubai.

With all of its shortcomings, Dubai knows how to implement laws. They know how to hurt people the right way for the collective good of Dubai, the product.

There is no dearth of laws in india. Only a dearth of people willing to abide by it. Not in anyway helped by the lawmakers and LEOs who can easily be bought out by waving the face of our independence in their face. Money.

Keeping your city clean has nothing to do with pollution or poverty or anything else. I have asthma. That doesn't mean I'll take a dump in the middle of my living room.
Quite true. Break a signal and go to jail. My partner did that (18 years back) and the police came for him and took him into custody. They took him on Thursday evening and I could only get him released on Saturday afternoon after giving my passport as surety. Incidentally, my sponsor was a Colonel in Sharjah police and a member of the Sharjah royal family. He called me within half an hour of my partner breaking the signal and informed me that he will be arrested. No B.S. about letting it go or using influence. In fact after my partner was released, he and I went to meet our sponsor (my partner was sh@$t&ing bricks). He gave my partner the dressing down of his lifetime.

My friends would find it very offensive when I would tell them that almost all of them without any exception will not pass the driving test program of Sharjah and lets not even talk of Abu Dhabi. They would laugh in disbelief and call me deluded. Their standard answer use to be 'I am a far better driver than you are'. What they did not understand is that its not just about the driving skills, its just as important if not more that you know and follow all the traffic rules. Make 3 mistakes in not following the traffic rules in your driving test and you will be sent back to training school for additional training of at least 15 hours but would probably be more like 30 hours in most cases. Each hour of training use to cost AED 30 about 20 years back (I imagine it will be much more now). It was not unknown for people to have spend upto AED 6,000 to 10,000/- in their bid to get a driving license. And thats what made getting a UAE driving license as big an event as graduating out of college.
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These arab countries can try to pretend to be as modern as they want but who are they fooling with their lack of freedom?
It is the owners choice to leave the car clean or dirty, what business is it of the government to mingle with a citizens personal belongings? What is next, trash all cars which are not in mint shape?
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Wow!!! An argument for keeping things filthy in the name of personal freedom and rights!!! First of all, while you may equate the word ‘modern’ to ‘western’ style democracy and its carp about how individual rights are sacrosanct, those same western democracies are now trying to curtain them in the name of national security. Freedom of absolute speech is no longer sacrosanct in the land of liberty where it was held as a moral torch for the world to emulate.

Here are some facts for you: UAE is not a democracy. Its a union of Sheikhidoms (kingdoms/emirates) wherein the Royal families of each emirate has semi independent jurisdiction and control over day to day running of their emirate. While modern titles like President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister, etc., are used in their government structure they are not a ‘western’ style democracy and nor do they pretend to be so. The country at its very essence still a monarchy. So if someone does not like their way of running things, they can pack their bags and leave.

Its quite amusing to hear people say as a knee jerk response they have built their country because of oil. While oil played a major part in bringing in the moneys required to build the country, they still needed to have a vision to build the country as it is today. Nigeria, Venezuela, Angola are all oil rich countries, but I am sure that you would think twice before going to these countries. Oil alone is not responsible for the development of UAE.

I see from your location that you are based in Turin, so let me ask you ‘how’s the crime rate in Italy?’ And a more fundamental question ‘Will you be comfortable with a lady member of your family being out alone at 2AM in the morning in Europe?”

Here’s a small anecdote about my wife and my experience. I was on a business trip to Korea, when my wife had to go for a bridal shower one evening. A friend picked her up (we lived in Sharjah) and they drove down to Abu Dhabi. As the party ran late into the night, my wife and her friend left Abu Dhabi just after 12 in the morning. In those days, you would not find a soul on the road after 11 PM other than trucks on Sheikh Zayed Road. As they approached the border of Dubai/Sharjah (I still remember that we had to take a right exit off SZ road and there was board welcoming you to Sharjah) their car suffered a flat tyre. The place where they stopped was literally desert, there was nothing there for kms and the time was around 2 in the morning. My wife called the police and told them the problem. Within 5 minutes 2 Dubai police petrol cars came down. The first asked if my wife and her friend were ok. After assessing the situation, they asked them to stand on kerb while the cops when about changing the tyre. Within 10 minutes they had the spare tyre on and they were ready to go on their way. However, it does not end there. The senior cop told my wife that they had informed Sharjah police about the problem and a Sharjah Police petrol car is waiting at the end the exit to escort them home, they would also be followed by a Dubai Police car till they were handed over to Sharjah Police car. So rest of the journey till home was with police escort to ensure my wife and her friend reached home safely. Next day morning, my wife called me and told me about the whole thing. When I asked if she was worried, she said emphatically that she felt safe all through the whole thing.

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These arab countries can try to pretend to be as modern as they want but who are they fooling with their lack of freedom?
It is the owners choice to leave the car clean or dirty, what business is it of the government to mingle with a citizens personal belongings? What is next, trash all cars which are not in mint shape?

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These arab countries can try to pretend to be as modern as they want but who are they fooling with their lack of freedom?
It is the owners choice to leave the car clean or dirty, what business is it of the government to mingle with a citizens personal belongings? What is next, trash all cars which are not in mint shape?
Maybe you should read back what you have posted and conclude if it was a logical argument you just tried to make, because it clearly isn't.

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What is next, trash all cars which are not in mint shape?
If it's not roadworthy and if it fails the fitness test, that will surely happen. Even body related issues are assessed and given a chance to be fixed, if not it will be scrapped. My dad's Corolla failed a fitness test in the 90s owing to rust issues and got scrapped. So, yes we have been there.

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These arab countries can try to pretend to be as modern as they want but who are they fooling with their lack of freedom?
Yes, it is a modern city. Let's face the facts - be it road infrastructure, traffic laws, road discipline and what not, Dubai has kept top notch standards.

Lack of freedom? It's a Muslim country and could have adapted stricter and conservative laws. But I am not sure if you are aware that Dubai does give you the ultimate freedom to do anything you wish - drinking & partying included. As long as you do not create a chaos in public, Dubai police or law enforcers will not bother you.

And no political parties or moral policing happens on Valentine's day.

Christmas, Holi and Diwali are celebrated with as much enthusiasm as EID. There are many churches, temples and gurudwaras.

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It is the owners choice to leave the car clean or dirty, what business is it of the government to mingle with a citizens personal belongings? What is next, trash all cars which are not in mint shape?
No, they like to keep their city clean. If you have parked your car on a public road, they do have the rights to ask you to keep it clean. Else, buy a villa with a closed garage and keep your dirty car in it, nobody has an objection.

And yes, cars which are not in mint shape will not pass the annual inspection and cannot be registered/driven. That's the precise reason you do not see old/run-down cars trotting at below average speeds here! No compromises on road safety.

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Here’s a small anecdote about my wife and my experience. I was on a business trip to Korea, when my wife had to go for a
bridal shower one evening.

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When I asked if she was worried, she said emphatically that she felt safe all through the whole thing.
I have similar experiences to share and hence I have nothing but huge respect for Dubai police. They do not harass common people, instead go out of their way or normal line of duty to assist everybody, irrespective of their nationality or status.
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