Traffic Violation Fines Generate Dhs 600 Million For Dubai

Dubai Traffic

In recent statistics revealed by Dubai police, traffic violators in Dubai paid Dh 600 million (about USD 160 million) as fines in 2008.

2.46 million traffic fines were issued in 2007 as opposed to 2 million fines in 2007, said Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police chief.

Intensifying traffic patrols and more speed radars have helped to reduce deaths due to road accidents, said the police chief.

There is a 12 per cent dip in road deaths in 2008, from 332 deaths in 2007 to 294 deaths in 2008, he said.

The most dangerous road is still Emirates Road with 46 deaths in 2008, compared to 67 in 2007. Close behind is Shaikh Zayed Road with 24 deaths in 2008, compared to 54 in 2007.

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Rains create havoc in Dubai

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Rain, thunder and hail storm are becoming a routine fixture for Dubai. Just last month there was strong rain fall in Dubai and UAE. Now, the residents of Dubai have experienced another burst of thunder with rains that are falling cats and dogs.

There were four deaths reported due to rain affected damages. Among other incidents, the Indian pavilion in Global Village collapsed, killing one and injuring many.

The heavy rains caused leaks in the Mall of the Emirates. The area around Ski Dubai was cordoned off and buckets placed to catch the drips.

At Dubai Mall, the car parks and taxi bays were still mostly in shallow water a day after the rains. A convenience store was closed after the plasterboard on its ceiling partly fell away.

Khaleej Times reported reported water-logging and flooding in some areas in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim that are close to seashore. Low lying parts of Al Quoz Industrial Area also had waterlogged roads.

The worst hit was Emirates Road, which saw a partial closure as several cars submerged in the floods.

Around 275 civic staff and more than 25 tankers with different capacities were involved in the operations, according to Abdul Latif Ali Al Jallaf, Head of Operations with Irrigation Maintenance Network Section of the Municipality.

The emirates of Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al Khamiah are also badly hurt by the rains.

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Dubai Police to install radars every two kilometers

Police will soon install radars every two kilometres on the roads in addition to mobile radars to deter speeding and reckless motorists and protect road users.

So far 90 new digital radars are installed on several internal roads and highways in Dubai including, 30 radars on Shaikh Zayed Road, 22 radars on Dubai-Al Ain Road, 17 radars on Dubai-Hatta Road, 10 radars on Emirates Road, six radars on Al Khail Road and five radars on Business Bay Bridge.

These new digital radars are highly advanced and can distinguish between light and heavy vehicles they can catch offences from both sides and the speed limits, on which they flash, can be controlled from the centre of the department.

The camera used in the radar must also be fitted with pathfinders, be able to deal with various temperatures and humidity, be able to be fitted on a tripod and have a wireless broadcasting system to be controlled from a room at the traffic department.

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Welcome to Global Village, Dubai

Global Village is what the name suggests, a village erected in Dubailand on Emirates Road representing more than 30 nations of the world. At Global Village one can observe diversified cultures and traditions, from Asia, Europe and Africa.

This year Global Village is happening from 12 November, 2008 to 21 February, 2009. Directions adn pavilion details can be checked at their website.

Following is a video of Palentine folk dance which I recorded in last year’s Global Village. Enjoy!

Please share your experiences of Global Village!