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03 April, 2007

Tropical Storm Ahmed

When the ceiling of Spinneys Umm Seqeim suddenly began rattling violently, customers throughout the aisles stopped dead in their shopping tracks. Was Iran invading? Was the apocalypse nigh?

Happily or sadly it turned out to be just rain, but huge, heavy tropical rain hammering onto the roof in great fat drops. It sounded more like hail.

Sheikh Zayed Road was a dark mirror of golden headlight streaks shining through the rain mist thrown up behind vehicles, even more filthy than the rain itself. Rain in the sandlands requires gallons of windscreen wiper water to wash it off continually, as the heat of the day instantly dries it to a dusty film after each sweep. As it is pushed to the side of the window, it appears almost milky with dirt.

But the lovely thing about rain is a slight reduction in tailgating: drivers extend their "safe stopping distance" from two inches to about two foot.

Storms in other parts of the world get names, so given Dubai has so few it is time to start naming them alphabetically, making this one Tropical Storm Ahmed. The next one, in tribute to Dubai's multicultural society, will be Cyclone Babu.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know everyone has been talking about global warming, but it really is happening. It's no longer just a threat but an event we are actually already experiencing. while the deserts are experiencing frequent rains, here in the tropics, we are having extra hot temperature (although it is summer) - but it's really really extra hot than the normal summer temperature we used to have here. just a thought...

03 April, 2007 07:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CYCLONE BABU - lol - you made my day SD....


03 April, 2007 07:26  
Blogger Pearl of Dubai said...

So true! It's hilarious how rain and wind create such havoc (both emotionally and in a vehicular sense). Yesterday's storm really took the cake though...another thing I love is the local media coverage of rain in the really does get equal play to Iranian invasion or other large geopolitical event.

03 April, 2007 11:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno about the UAE, but in Kuwait they'd probably go for Hurricane Lexus.

03 April, 2007 19:50  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

If the storms were to be given names following the local tradition of naming roads and streets they would all start with S and be 30n characters long - Sheikh Ahmed Bin ...... Bin..... Al .......... : Sheekh Ali Bin ......... Bin ......... AL .......... :etc.

04 April, 2007 07:35  
Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

lol, well SD maybe you should do like the scandinavian weather people do. The first storm gets a male name, and the one that follows a female name and so on so forth.

04 April, 2007 12:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cyclone Babu is truly an inspired name!

My first comment- have enjoyed your blog and belated congrats on the bloggies award!

05 April, 2007 13:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was once caught in a hale storm in Dubai It amused me no end the fact everyone put there hazard lights on so you had no idea which direction anyone wanted to go!

05 April, 2007 20:22  
Blogger Chris Bassoo said...

POsted by Chris Bassoo Christopher Bassoo

Congrats of being Blogger of note...I think your site is very good...a great read and bravo...i think anyway you slice it rain sucks unless you are in a warm climate, but here in Canada when you mix the rain with the snow in the spring, it is slushy and gross, especially when you have to wear a suit...warm regards Christopher Bassoo

06 April, 2007 17:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

99% of drivers in the Sandlands never indicate anyway!

06 April, 2007 17:42  
Blogger CoralPoetry said...


I hate sand in my sandwich. I hate sand in my eyes. I hate sand in my hair.

What's an indicator?


07 April, 2007 04:43  
Blogger BuJ said...

I was thinking more along the lines of Cyclone BuJ lol

Matt and CJ.. I first got my licence (well it's actually just a golden card) in Dubai then went to get its UK equivalent 2 years later. I knew DP accepted UK licenses, but I didn't understand why it wasn't reciprocal. Especially since I had to do 5 tests in Dubai (parking1, parking2, hill, signs, road test) and just 1 in the UK.

So I went to BSM and took some lessons.. and it started raining.. so.. naturally.. I switched on the hazard lights.

08 April, 2007 03:20  
Blogger saggezard said...

Tropical storm Ahmad...inejad?

13 April, 2007 03:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe...great post...ur tropical storm babu bit was an indian and specifically a its all the more funnier to me...the way we've swamped UAE is a source of jokes out here as well...newez wonderful pst, keep up the good work...cheers..

19 April, 2007 15:35  

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