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Arabs and Roundabouts

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Arabs and Roundabouts

Post Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:32 pm

Arabs and Roundabouts - discuss.

 

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Re: Arabs and Roundabouts

Post Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:11 pm

A joke especially when there are idiots on the road that think they are driving a bus!! Razz

 

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Re: Arabs and Roundabouts

Post Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:37 am

I live in Paris and I could also start a thread about Parisians and roundabouts. No need to check my profile, yes I am an Arab and and a French resident.


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Re: Arabs and Roundabouts

Post Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:59 am

Got to expand it to Bits and roundabouts I'm afraid - There have only been two time I have entered a roundabout and met someone coming the wrong way round, Once was in Britain -A car full of joy riders who could barely see over the wheel and crashed it a mile down the road, unfortunately they survived, obviously were given no real punishment and have grown up to polute the the gene pool further.

The second time was in Riyadh - (and the guy coming the wrong way was .....an arogant Brit) It was v quiet (Friday morning) so I pulled accross the lanes to stop him going any further and explain he'd turned the wrong way - He started yelling at me and just got in his trcuk and screamed off when he reaslied it was him at fault. Brits abroad eh?

I agree that Arab and Subcontinent countries have interesting lane discipline in general which gets real exciting on large roundabouts (also - who decided to put give ways on roundabouts) but yeah Paris and London (Try Hyde park corner 5pm) give them a run for their money

 

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Re: Arabs and Roundabouts

Post Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:14 pm

No no, i think i would agree with Cambpeg here im afraid, atleast us brits drive with caution, yes you may get the odd one who is an idiot on the road but i have never seen anything like it over here, you only have to see how many accidents there are over here for proof!! I don't even think they use their mirrors let alone indicate to the other lane, they all have a death wish! Its crazy, they should all have to take a proper driving test like the british one, then there may not be as many deaths in accidents here.
Oh and i read the other day, there was a guy following a girl in a car, trying to get her number, she was trying to get away from him and the she lost control and crashed and crushed a guy on the sidewalk and killed him all because this guy wanted to get lucky, its crazy!

 

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Re: Arabs and Roundabouts

Post Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:00 pm

Ok so I am all for round-a-bouts in surburban streets like we have back in Australia but this place is nuts! What is with Emirates/Khaliel Rds??? When I first arrived I was almost killed!! And it was not by an arab either mind you. The UAE needs to get rid of the these death traps as no one knows how to use them, even people who have experience with large round-a-bouts are in danger as there are so many idiots out there..they should never have been constructed!! We joke and call them suicide round-a-bouts...but this is exactly what they are!

 

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Re: Arabs and Roundabouts

Post Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:30 pm

The system in Jeddah is interesting. At some roundabouts, the approaching traffic has right of way. At other roundabouts, the traffic on the roundabout has right of way.

How can you tell the difference? Well, mostly you just do what you want but there are signs on some roundabouts to tell you what to do. Of course, you can't see the signs until you are on the roundabout so...


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