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10 types of Dubai metro commuters: Which one are you?

by | EDITOR’S CHOICE, TOP STORIES

Nov. 17, 16 | 10:36 am

Good morning! So you’re off to work and are headed to the metro. Another day, another ride in a state-ofthe- art, commuter-friendly urban mass transit system that holds the Guinness World Records title for being the longest driverless metro network at 75
kilometers.

According to most recent reported figures from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Dubai Metro transported 88.25 million passengers in the first half of 2015.

The metro had a daily average of 450,000 riders, going past the halfa-million mark on holidays, in 2014. Overall, in the same year, Dubai Metro transported 164.31 million people, still according to RTA.

And as in elsewhere around the world, Dubai’s metro riders is an odd cornucopia of quirks bringing together a cacophonous collage of the daily grind that people call city life.

Here then is a list of the different kinds of passengers that make up for a really eventful ride. Have a look-see and find out which one you are:

1. Sleepyheads
This type are amazingly unbelievable. They can give off a soft snore holding on to an overhead strap or leaning to something. If seated, you’d see their heads swinging to which ever direction the train sways. But, as it is not allowed to sleep in the metro, it blows your mind how they could doze for a quick two minutes then open their eyes, look around, then snooze again, repeating that cycle till they get to their station.Remarkable!

Are you with us? They talk on theirphones like they’re at home or in their office with a voice so loud they’d rather battle it out with the PA system than shut up for a while. “Yeah, yeah. I’m on the metro. Did you blah, blah, blah?” Oblivious to the obvious disdain of the people around them.

2. Liar, liar
A slight variation of the “Are you with us?” kind. “Oh yes, I’ll be there in about five minutes. I am now at the DIFC station.” DIFC? We’re at Union station ma’am! Usually this type are people late for appointments or dates and trying to buy time.Talking heads. They probably were just trying to be nice and make new friends – or stoned bored because their station is 10 stops down the track.

The nice thing about them is they make the trip easier. The downside, especially during the evening rush, is that you’ve probably run out of pleasantries and just want to get home but the guy just wouldn’t take no for an answer.
3. Singing rock stars
You know who they are. They got headsets or earphones plugged to a mobile phone. Most of the time, they have their eyes shut tight, emoting on the song and suddenly blurting out lyrics like they’re in a jam-packed bar gig.

The #ifeelpretty ladies. You’d be amazed at how these vixens manage to put eye shadows or lipsticks on without the lines going crooked despite the train’s twist and turns. In fact, they’re so remarkable you can shoot a video and post it on YouTube with a caption: Warning: Don’t do this at home!

4. Skunkies
Skunks squirt a fine spray of really odorous bad air. Some riders make like skunks on the metro, you know. And it’s revolting when people start looking at the next guy with that inquisitive stare that could rip him in two, thinking it was him.
Indeed, most would agree the culprit more than deserved to be crucified upside down had it not for the fact that we are now in a more civilized world with one wayward guy living in the past.

5. Stinkies
Most Filipinos have a story riders have body odors so putrid and repulsive at times you’d wonder if they like the way they smell. What’s revolting is that people go the extra mile to hit the shower before going to work and they apparently didn’t or two about the stinkies. This type of riders have body odors so putrid and repulsive at times you’d wonder if they like the way they smell. What’s revolting is that people go the extra mile to hit the shower before going to work and they apparently didn’t.

6. Selfie shooters
The name gives them away. Some even has the audacious tenacity to inch their way to a nice spot despite having to
squeeze through it all just so they could have a great shot with Burj Khalifa or Burj Al Arab in the backdrop. But hey, can’t complain. Dubai is a wonderfully beautiful city with a gazillion must-shoot sights and scenes.

7. Homies
These ones are easy to identify. They usually come in twos or threes and talk really loud about domestic affairs or their bosses –
and they have the temerity to give you the look once they noticed you’re catching on with their little metro chat.

8. Gropers
These are the types female passengers pray they never encounter on the metro. Fortunately there doesn’t seem to be a lot of them in Dubai’s metro, thanks to the police who are always on standby for any eventualities, damsels in distress among them.

9. Runners
Those who jump the line once the door opens and runs in and grab the nearest available seat like a rugby player would for a touchdown.

10. Footballers

They give literal meaning to the phrase, “pushing your weight around.” Indeed, when push comes to shove, they often end up in a nice, cozy spot unmindful of other people’s difficulties being squeezed in tight spot. They are usually around during rush hours, barrelling their way through. Their mantra? “Sorry, just got to do this.”

BONUS: Barricaders
Lastly, but definitely not less irritable, are the barricaders – people who huddle by the train car’s doors, thereby obstructing ingress and egress. What’s so tormenting is that their station is five or 10 stops ahead and they could have just make everybody,
themselves included, comfortable way inside instead of blocking passage. And they stand there engaging in idle talks unmindful of the world around them.

So, which one are you?

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