Almost everybody gets stuck in traffic for at least a “couple of dozen” times, and for me the only solution “I knew then” to over come any traffic “effects” related to work or personal appointments I made sure to always start my journeys 120 minutes earlier to any appointment, and where in cities such as Amman, Bahrain, Riyadh, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, being late is a “common culture” mostly claimed due to traffic “but still” I always made sure to be on time if not earlier “I even haunted my employees on time respect issues”, but that was just like putting people in some sort of life threatening nightmare. And when it comes to traffic, all sorts of creative stories and excuses come up to cover the “original reason of being late”, even with providing simple solutions of time management, but lets leave that for another time.
After I have moved to Thailand, and as a new resident, the means of transportation with “cost effective and practical solutions” to handle all those traffics, led to getting a “Motorbike”, where all over South East Asia, the concept of using the Motorbike as the daily means of transportation, other that the obvious fact of avoiding “any kind of traffic”, but comes as a “financially effective” solution in terms of fuel consumption costs, as well as maintenance and most importantly the efficient “capital costs” of the Motorbikes in comparison to Cars.
the other benefits of driving a Motorbike in such beautiful nature offered by the South East Asian Region, and specifically in mountain and hill area’s such as Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle area, making the Motorbike a “perfect tool” to enjoy all that fresh breeze of the mountain air and access roads to Waterfalls, Springs and various hills and fields spread all over the region, making “group Motorbike tours” or “private ones” a heck of an amazing experience.
Unfortunately, for the Arabian Gulf region, applying the same Asian concept of Motorbikes, would be an act of “pure torture” due to the all-year-round “dry heat desert weather”, the A/C is a “must” when it comes to transportation or going out from home, and where the only scenery provided in this region is “tall towers, and desert beach fronts” the concept of hiring a Motorbike to tour around the country is considered “an act of madness”, but still you would find “Motorbike groupies” in their thick leather jackets “conquering the Arabian deserts”.
But even in countries with a more convenient weather and “relatively” drivable roads such as Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, the concept of Motorbikes would have never advanced to more than “delivery boys” and “company bike drivers”. Just the thought of seeing “Arabic women” driving motorbikes is a “serious” invitation for sexual harassment to advance on roads by their masculine communities.(Read Sexual education for masculine communities)
and where “to those countries” the financial effects of using such a concept in the daily life of our “youth at least” will have massive effects on our personal finances in “rough economical times” blowing the region as a whole.
But the culture of “showing off” instilled in our societies and “blessed culturally”, is just another reason why “the motorbike concept” wont work, so to avoid all the sexual harassment cases and to “save the pride of our societies image” either move to another country, or stop complaining about a problem “you’re the cause of it”.