x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Benefits of summer

The workers who stayed in the UAE through the summer are reaping an unexpected benefit in the form of empty roads and painless commuting.

Roads in the UAE are busy again as people get back to work after the Eid break. Christopher Pike / The National
Roads in the UAE are busy again as people get back to work after the Eid break. Christopher Pike / The National

Most people who have worked through the summer could be excused for a momentary pang of envy towards those who headed overseas. But, as The National reported yesterday, those who stayed in the UAE have been reaping the benefits in the form of clear roads and trouble-free commuting, even after the nine-day Eid break enjoyed by government workers.

It’s a reward for staying here at a time of year – and a particularly satisfying one when you consider that the colleagues and friends who travelled to the tourist centres of Europe and North America are now jostling cheek by jowel with millions of other tourists in peak season.

A less populated UAE at this time of year also means that finding car parking right next to one’s intended destination is much easier and that there are fewer people in the cinema or the supermarket checkout line.

This is also a time when hotel rooms and luxuries like spa treatments are at their most affordable, thanks to summer discounts designed to offset the downturn in trade. A splurge will not destroy one’s finances.

Until the start of the new school year heralds a return to normal, the people who went away will trickle back, unaware that those who decided to stay found that it was not such a bad idea after all.