Pedestrian right of way

The way people around here cross the street says a lot about them. Generally speaking:

  • Arabs (especially in thobes) will saunter across the street and expect traffic to stop for them
  • Desis (Indian, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis) scurry across streets ensuring they do not get hit
  • Asians (Philippino, Malaysians, Indonesians) wait for traffic to pass before they walk across roads

The first group will be surprised if you do not stop for them- the last two groups will be surprised if you do stop for them.

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2 Responses

  1. In Cairo, I quickly learned to cross the street downstream of a pregnant woman. No matter how crazy, an Egyptian driver will never hit a pregnant woman!

  2. I think it’s not a KSA thing. It’s the same in UAE.

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