Order order: Dubai police stop "chaos" on National Day
A safer form of transport on the UAE's National Day
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The UAE will be having a very orderly day of national celebration today, if the Dubai police have anything to do with it. Residents of the emirate might be planning to party in honor of the country's 41st birthday but they will have to do it respectably, the Traffic General said on Sunday.
Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Director of General Administration of Traffic in Dubai, announced at today's press conference that his officers will be inspecting the streets for suspect car paraders. According to Emirates 24/7, The Major told reporters that private car parades cause 'traffic chaos' and are a nuisance to the orderly conduct of life in the emirate. He went on to urge party-goers to use only the sidewalks or parks to celebrate the day.
Concerned that the glitzy emirate's residents won't listen to their stern warnings, police have gone one step further and told potential car-partiers that their vehicles will be confiscated if found parading their happiness on the roads. Nuisance-makers could face jail time of up to six months for their crimes.
Last year the traffic police didn't hold back and booked nearly 1,000 cars for "serious irregularities." Meanwhile people of the UAE have been busy celebrating their national day.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and monarch of Dubai, took to his phone to share his heart-felt congratulations with his brotherly neighbor in the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa. He sent an SMS message round to the UAE's residents to congratulate each and every citizen:
"This is a day of joy and pride, in which we remember the inspiring journey of our founding fathers and look ahead towards a bright future of endless possibilities."
However, clearly in Dubai those "endless possibilities" don't include driving on the roads parade-style.
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