Posted by Kanga.
A common site in Dubai is the cart. Actually, let me clarify, it is a common site in Deira and Bur Dubai, the older parts of the city.
The quintessential sighting we had was as we came around the corner heading for our apartment building, we passed a guy pulling an empty cart down the left side of the street (our lane) while talking on his cell phone. Unfortunately, we did not have time to get a picture of that. DaddyBird was too busy trying not to crash into him.
When we first arrived in Dubai, one of our fellow “newbies” described Dubai as “first world meets third world.” That’s a pretty accurate description and the use of carts is one excellent example of that.
It makes perfect sense to see these in the souk areas because the souks are pedestrian traffic only, so a hand cart is perfectly suited to the task of moving goods around.
Naif has car traffic, but you will still see many carts here because it is the easier way to move things from place to place.
It is not uncommon in Naif to see a family or group of women who are shopping with a cartman following them with a cart full of their purchases.
This video shows two cart-men negotiating the crossing of a busy street.
The most amusing use of carts is for moving.