Local news round-up: TAG, RTA, etc
TAG Heuer just signed up local hero Mohammed Bin Sulayem to endorse their watches in print ads. The interesting bit is that Sulayem said he will donate all the money he makes from the deal to charity.
Around town, unregulated diesel prices have gone up to Dhs 17 per gallon in Dubai, and expected to go higher. Meanwhile, ADNOC in Abu Dhabi continues to sell diesel at Dhs 8.6 per gallon.
In other news, in an attempt to appear commuter-friendly, Dubai’s RTA has announced that they will “allow” people to carry passengers to work or wherever, provided they apply on the RTA website for a certificate registering the names of a maximum of four people that they want to carry in their cars. If you are caught without such a certificate, and the passengers are not your frigging relatives, you’ll be fined Dhs 5000.
And now, some more entertainment, courtesy of Dubai taxi drivers. A taxi driver became so angry when his female passenger asked him to go in a different direction during the journey that he stopped, dragged her from his cab, hit her and stole her mobile phone. Apparently he was going the long way round and the Filipina asked him to take a certain shorter route. When she tried to call the police, he took her phone and drove off. The loser cabbie is now in court, but many say this is becoming a common occurence in Dubai.
In a bit of news off the street, Dubai police patrols are now hanging around some areas issuing fines for various offences. Mustang owners have been fined for having dealer-installed racing stripes while not having a “two-colour” permission from the RTA or the CID or whoever. And Lancer Evolution owners have been fined for, unbelievably, having their front number plate stuck on the left side of the bumper instead of the centre (as designed by the factory), since officers claimed it’s an illegal modification. All this, among the usual fines for having any sort of sticker on your car. And you thought speeders were a priority.
The moral of today’s story is to buy your own personal sticker-free non-diesel car to avoid all sorts of fines and fights, and continue to whine about traffic and taxis.