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Rain, rain, go away
A downpour in the UAE usually spells flooded offices, blocked roads and gridlocked traffic. Why?
February 28, 2010 3:00 by kippreport
Kipp has grumbled and whined extensively about the problem with rains in the UAE, and we are compelled to do so again.
The heavy rain on Saturday in the UAE has once again flooded the roads with water, caused traffic jams, and basically brought the whole place to a standstill. Undoubtedly the downpour on Saturday, which was accompanied by thunderstorms, was one of the heaviest the country has seen. But after all these years, the roads are still not equipped to deal with a single night’s shower. There is no draining system to clear the waterlogged streets, and drivers struggle to avoid accidents.
One of our colleagues, who was stuck late in office on Saturday, couldn’t venture out of the building because she would have been more than knee deep in water. Some of the cars on the street were actually floating, she said.
Kipp had also written previously about how a cab driver told us that the new range of taxis in Dubai will suffer heavy damages if exposed to waterlogged roads. And if his taxi developed problems, he would have to pay huge fines. Because of that, the driver refrained from taking passengers to certain areas.
Rains have become at least a yearly feature (if not more) in the country. So why is nothing done to improve the nation’s infrastructure in relation to the weather? Is it too late to install a drain system on the roads? Or would the cost outweigh the benefits?