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Quiet Saturday Lane Change in Doha

I was noticing this morning how quiet and calm the traffic is – after all, it is Saturday, and it is summer. Even so, there is considerable traffic on C-ring, and the occasional arrogant “get-out-of-my-way-this-is-my-country” driver, but not so bad.

At one of the busiest traffic lights in the country, now called the Ramada junction, or “where-the-Ramada-roundabout-used-to-be” the van in the far right lane needs to get over to the left turn lane. In Doha, this is possible. I don’t know how all the cars squeeze together, but the driver makes it across three lanes of traffic to the left turn lanes:


July 11, 2009 - Posted by | Community, Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Qatar


  1. The wonders of the traffic in foreign countries! Learning to drive in a western country does not prepare you for the traffic tricks employed in some foreign lands. The things you see sometimes boggle the mind. And the problem is, driving behavior and habits are different everywhere, so when you move you have to learn all over again how not to get killed.

    And then there is transportation. Just for fun, you’ve GOT to see what a friend of mine in Ghana saw in traffic and managed to take a photo of. Here’s the link:

    I hope this works!


    Miss Footloose

    Comment by Miss Footloose | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. OMG! She was in the right place at the right time with camera ready! What a great shot!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. I need to track him down and shoot him with my water pistol! I may even put some Fairy liquid in – for added eye pain!

    Comment by Bu Yousef | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. LLOOLL, I don’t mind the lane changes when they are done with grace and humor, as this one was. But I was thinking a water pistol might be a good thing with the pigeons we want to go somewhere else. What do you think, Bu Yousef?

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  5. Use a real pistol!

    No… just keep clearig the place. They’ll soon get the message. If an egg is layed (they do this even if there is no nest) then you should get rid of it – and the second one if they stay on. Clear whatever you find twice a day. They should be gone within 3/4 days.

    Good luck.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  6. LLOOOLLL @ real pistol!

    The parent pigeons have gone elsewhere; I think they have layed their eggs and have a new nest. The young pigeons are still here – it’s like they don’t know where else to go. One still isn’t flying – he walks everywhere and flies only short distances. The other goes during the day but comes back at night.

    I used the water squirter. He LIKED it. 😦 The compound is going to take out the center light that they perch on; they say that will make them go away. Whatever works!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 14, 2009 | Reply

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