Again and again we've been told that this is the most dangerous time to drive in the UAE. Ramadan, people fasting, getting up extra early to eat and going to bed very late after partying night after night, sleeping during the day and speeding to get to Iftar feasts at sundown has contributed to road accident fatalities each year. People are tired and cranky from being hungry and the general stress of a marathon holiday. Many expats dread the month of Ramadan, and I can understand why. Imagine the Christmas season, but with getting up early, going to church several times a day, and not eating or drinking...in the middle of the desert.
Irrationally this made me very angry.
I was grateful that we are in the UAE and the officers could speak English and tell me what was going on, even if it wasn't in my favor. I can't imagine that every country is so accomodating. The accident form was filled out entirely in Arabic, largely incomprehensible to my eyes. When the officer got to filling in my name he paused at the last name, and I think had to ask the other officr what to put. You see, as I understand it, there is no "V" in traditional Arabic. In past times it had been replaced with the equivalent of W. Now there is a new letter for "V". I'd been looking forward to seeing how my name looks in Arabic, though this was hardly the venue I was hoping for!