Saudi man makes it his mission to document, report traffic violations

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A Saudi man could not bear the number of traffic violations in the streets of Saudi Arabia, so he took it upon himself to document and report any violations that he comes across, from illegal parking to driving in an opposite direction.Hamed Dakhil uses his cellphone and a Go Pro to snap pictures of violating drivers, to the point where he was nicknamed ‘a violator’s horror’ and the right hand of traffic police.Dakhil snapped and reported tens of traffic violation cases and ...

Goodbye traffic? Dubai to Sharjah congestion ‘to end in 2018’

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Dubai and Sharjah residents, you can say goodbye to the nasty Sharjah-Dubai Traffic by the end of 2018. The UAE’s Minister of Infrastructure and Development, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif al-Nuaimi, said that several projects are in the works aiming to eliminate current traffic jams. One such project is al-Budaiya Bridge, stretching 4km long at a whopping cost of $54.452 mn, which equates to Dh200 mn. Nuaimi said that the project is 75 percent complete and is set to open in August, ...

New study shows Dubai drivers spend 29 hours stuck in traffic per year

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A recent study done by the information provider Inrix shows that Dubai drivers spend an average of 29 hours per year stuck in traffic. Despite the shocking number, the UAE emirate was ranked 21 amongst 30 other countries as having some of the highest spent average number of hours in traffic. According to a Gulf News article, the city with the highest average number of hours is Los Angeles standing at 102 hours. Dubai doesn’t seem as bad now does it? Coming in second place was Moscow, then ...

Egypt court sentences singer to 2 years over belly dancing

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

An Egyptian court has sentenced a little-known female singer to two years in prison over an online video it says “incites debauchery and immorality.”Court of misdemeanorThe decision late Tuesday against Laila Amer by the Giza misdemeanor court came on the same day that another court sentenced a famous Arab singer to six months in prison over comments she made that were interpreted as an insult to the Nile River.Amer’s video showed her belly dancing and playing a downtrodden ...

Fog masks UAE roads causing multiple accidents in Dubai

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Dubai police reported multiple accidents across some of the city on Thursday morning due to the seasonal fog which caused traffic jams on main roads. The official twitter account of Dubai police requested that drivers to take caution on Emirates Road after Al Maktoum Airport towards Abu Dhabi following an accident. The tweets also advised drivers to exercise caution, particularly on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai Silicon Oasis backlog, and Dubai-Al Ain Road. Later in the day, the ...

VIDEO: India’s ‘moonwalking’ traffic cop grabs attention

Thursday, 28 December 2017

He is inspired by Bollywood and has a Freddie Mercury-style moustache -- but it is the Michael Jackson dance moves of traffic cop Ranjeet Singh that grab attention on India’s chaotic streets.Heads turn and drivers cannot fail to notice when the 38-year-old moonwalks across busy intersections, avoiding rickshaws and trucks in the center of Indore, a city of two million people.“I have been a Michael Jackson fan for years and copied his moonwalk step to halt traffic 12 years ago,” ...

At least 26 dead in two accidents on Egypt's roads

Saturday, 23 December 2017

A collision Saturday involving a minibus on a desert road 145 kilometres (90 miles) south of Cairo left 13 dead, the health ministry said.The minibus crashed into a truck on the main road connecting the southern city of Beni Suef to Cairo. All those killed were on the bus, which was carrying 17 people.That came just days after a crash on the same road also claimed 13 lives.According to the World Health Organization, Egypt loses about 12,000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has a ...

Will women be exempt from some traffic penalties in Saudi Arabia?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Informed sources have said that parties involved in developing executive regulations on regulatory requirements for women driving in Saudi Arabia are looking into a suggestion which exempts women from some traffic violation penalties. The sources said that some of the penalties in place are not suitable for women. Some of these sanctions include questioning the driver of a vehicle asked to stop or in some cases detaining the vehicle. According to Al-Watan’s newspaper on Tuesday, the ...

Saudi police released dancing boy after disrupting traffic

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A 14-year-old boy who was detained by Saudi police for dancing to the song “Macarena” at a traffic intersection has been released with a warning about road safety, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. The boy was filmed dancing to the catchy 1990s hit song in front of five lanes of cars stopped at a traffic light, in a clip widely shared on social media. Police had said the teenager, whose name and nationality were not given, was being questioned because he had shown ...

Government directives not enough when it comes to traffic in Baghdad

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The cabinet recently responded to the frequent complaints of traffic jams that have nearly become fatal in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad. Although it has issued directives to curb this phenomenon, it still did not completely solve this problem.The guidelines were limited to “quick fixes and immediate solutions to this problem,” according to a press briefing by the Cabinet spokesman Saad al-Hadithi.Baghdad’s traffic problem, as well as its problems with electricity and ...

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