Category Archives: Dubai

Renewing your driving license online in Dubai

When registering online for license renewal, the form asks you for “Traffic File Number” which is on car registration cards, or milkiya, if you will. If you don’t have your own car, you cannot register. When I called the helpline, they first told me I could not register if I didn’t have my own car. Then I called again to ask if I could register on someone else’s car registration from my family. They said yes. Then when I tried to do so, it didn’t work. It said “Traffic File Data incorrect”. Phooey. Continue reading


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It’s raining, it’s pouring.

Ain’t nobody snoring though. Go figure. No one sleeps when it rains here. Everyone’s pretty excited because it doesn’t rain very often. But it sure rained a heck lot yesterday. My University campus was like flooded. The water level was ankle high. There was a water level in my boots as well. Call me stupid but yeah, I had no idea that water permeates through leather. I mean, they never taught this stuff in school.

Chapter 1: Don’t wear leather shoes in rain. Continue reading

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A View from the Metro

It’s been an interesting two weeks, what with the new Dubai Metro and all. I have to say, though, Dubai did a really good job. The objective was to have the train up and running and ready for passengers on 09.09.09 at 09.09.09 PM. And that is exactly what happened. The fares are also reasonable but the Student Card is the BOMB.┬áThe fares are really┬ácheap and it’s really good for us students. Boy, is it fast. It takes about 19 minutes to cover a distance that would take around 40 minutes by car. And there’s no Salik toll! Faaaaaaabulous. There are, however, some kinks in the system. Continue reading

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