Should rains impact your workday?
UAE's influencers voice their opinions
Rain in itself is a phenomenon in Dubai, one of the most beautiful experiences for the people in the city. But, there are always two sides to a coin. While Dubai is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world, it also has its limitations. Dubai as a city can never shut down completely, it may only slow down.
One day of shutdown of the economy will run into losses worth millions. The rains can be disruptive if it exceeds the holding capacity, but the country's dynamics and its multicultural, multilingual characteristics will push it back into action. The spirit of the people of Dubai will never die. However, if it hampers the life of its people, definitely the government will take a call to shut it for that moment.
The best part about this country is that the rulers are empathetic towards their people; you don't have to ask for anything, you get it. Utmost care is taken for the welfare of the residents. My opinion remains very subjective because it depends on the magnitude of the rain. If it's within the bandwidth, the city wouldn't suffer. If not, a shutdown may be called, but that may affect the economy and in turn affect all of us, residents.
I love the spirit of this beautiful city that never sleeps, the city which has turned most of our dreams into reality. And I wish the city will never have to face a shutdown, whether naturally or economically!
Sneha Rai is a private banker, Zumba instructor and Miss Empress Universe. Follow her on Instagram @beastyyyful; Facebook: sneha.rao.9655
When it rains in Dubai, the entire city should not close down unless and until the weather forecast is absolutely unfavourable. Dubai residents are not used to heavy rainfall and the city is not prepared. The same can be said for the other emirates, too. Hence driving at such times can be risky. However, I can gladly say that Dubai has made great strides in handling the situation. The recent showers proved that. There was absolutely no water-logging on the main roads in the emirate.
However, I feel that educational institutions should be closed and offices should be flexible at such times. People should also be allowed to work from home. It is always wise to be safe than to be sorry. Employers should be aware of this and offer the flexibility of working from home. And it's imperative to follow certain safety measures while driving - ensure that the car lights are on, turn on the wipers, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, don't drive in haste and, above all, do not overspeed. Also, please do not pause to click photographs.
Yes, we all look for reasons to enjoy and celebrate, especially when it rains. But it's important not to take undue advantage and go late for work. Businesses do get hampered and considering we already have a decent number of holidays throughout the year, we should not look for a reason to skip work. Cities like Mumbai experience heavy rains every year. Trains get delayed or cancelled, but people look for alternatives and find their way.
So, my take on this is that rain or sunshine, work is work and it should not be shirked.
Bhavneet Kaur is a Dubai-based events blogger. Follow her on Instagram @Dubai_mom_diary