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01 October 2023

Dubai netizens in a tweet about new Salik sites

Most denizens seemed not too surprised by the news of new Salik gates (FILE)

By Bindu Suresh Rai

“Dear Dubai, Congratulations, you’ve been ‘Salik-ed’... again. Sincerely, RTA [sic],” were simply some of the many tweets that has Twitterverse abuzz this morning.

As news of sites for two more Salik gates – at Al Ghusias and Al Ittihad roads – being identified spread like wildfire, microblogging site Twitter was filled with reactions from denizens who, largely, seemed not too surprised by the turn of events.

Some welcomed the news, with @almazo7i tweeting: “RTA to install two more Salik gates after approval from higher authorities in Dubai #RTA #Salik #Mabrook in advance. [sic]”

@raja_almazrouei echoed the sentiment, stating: “I think we need it, I much rather use Salik and avoid unnecessary traffic and delays!”

Others such as @fangpyre took the high road, tweeting: “In all fairness, I think Salik is good idea but the concept is to ease congestion not revenue. Fine line.”

@SCDxB agreed, saying: “I am all for more gates and tools if Salik was implemented reasonably.”

He added: “Why around-the-clock Salik? For example, what contribution to traffic is Salik making when charging motorists at 3am on a Friday?

“Traffic drops significantly on weekends & public holidays.”

And like every stressful situation, the only way to ease the moment is to add humour to the mix and while @highandwild suggested: “How about we all pitch in for a hovercraft and bypass this? #Salik.”

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