Abandoned cars by Flyaway motorists
While aboard an Airplane to U.A.E from Manila, the equally shocking but projected news, was first delivered to me by a nosy parker seatmate whose annoying British accent could magnet terrorists lurking in the plane. Our tête-à-tête, as follows:
Man: "Hey, you heard of thousand cars abandoned outside Dubai Airport Carpark last December"?
Me: "WHAT?!, what’s that again",? I replied (in my bastardized American accent)
Man: "C'mon, you should know. Last quarter there’r cars recoup daily by the Authorities. Christmas Day was said to be the worst. They uhm,.. found two dozens?. Tsk. Tsk. Dubai is emptying out man" (says he in an arrogant-looking countenance this time)
Me: "You’re not kidding, aren’t you?.. Dubai, the land of gold and promise? Oh, the number's insane, I suppose".
Man: "If I were you, better hit the back issues of xpress4me.com as soon we landed, you’ll see".
Which I did, to dispel my suspicion.
And OMGosh! My gossiper seat-mate was (seemed) pretty right. My wandering eyes caught scores of dust-covered photos online. Then when I threw my jet-lagged self to the road that day and the ff: day to attest the car-dumping rumors, I can't help but to big-mouth (as well) what I saw:
On a lighter note, In the sad exodus of the re trenched and the axed, the remaining resident-commuters have had their bittersweet revenge finally. And those self-important cabbies I exposed in one of my blogs earlier? Oh, well,hey are [now] the ones running and bidding after their [now] proud passengers, (“BEH BUTI NGA SA INYO!”) :D
So when the region's opulence and opportunities dwindles in the advent of global crisis, and when dubai's spell start to lose its magic and fade its shine, the unfortunate casualties of the on-going redundancy program of the Planet, - THEY, who are jobless & hapless at the moment, - and THEY, who used to cash-in excitedly on the Emirate’s promise of easy living are now said to be deserting their loaned-cars at the Airport's dark corners – so they could FLEE or rather FREE their worried selves from "behind bar experience" which is imminent after defaulting on those shark-loans.
Moreover, here's some xtra facts :
- 3.62 million expats are heading home.
- 1,500 visas were cancelled every day
- 62% of homes occupied by expatriates
- 60% fall in property values predicted
- 50% slump in the price of luxury apartments
- 25% reduction in luxury spending among expats
3,241 cars were taken back by the banks in 2008
- 8% decline in population are predicted this year
Care for more stagnant CARS? Check THIS one.
speaking of leaving, our good blogger-friend Yanah, bids her first Adieu to Dubai. Have a safe flight tommorow. Remember that God Provides. Ma-assalam (Goodbye) for now, Insahalla' (God's will) we'll see you again!. :D