(Don’t) meet me at the Roundabout

A roundabout is a feature of Qatar road system. A roundabout is a type of circular intersection in which traffic must travel in one direction around a central island. Traffic entering the circle must slow down and give the right-of-way to drivers already in the circle. As driving and navigating in Qatar is by landmark and roundabout is one of the most obvious landmarks, roundabout becomes an easy-to-find  meeting point.

Now imagine if there is a car stopped at outer roundabout perimeter at any of 12 or 3 or 6 or 9 o'clock position (Image from Wikipedia)

This, however, presents undesired consequences: waiting car in the sideroad of roundabout (normally found at the edge of road demarcation, opposite roundabout island, if you know what I means). Sometimes you will find this car with its hazard lamp on, or turn signal on or not at all. This waiting is bad for two reasons: one, it chokes the flow resulting potential car accident from traffic merge; two – it blocks the left view of incoming cars.

Fortunately, with many major roundabouts in Doha are converted into circular traffic-lighted intersection, this abuse is decreasing.

If you read this post, don’t ever accept or offer to wait inside a roundabout. I will surely honk you :). It is not safe for you and other road users. Why don’t you wait or pull over at the sideroad after/before a roundabout if a roundabout is the only landmark you and your friend know. Or alternatively choose a safer meeting point: a parking lot of a mall, or a mosque may be?

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