The Dubai wishlist

We've picked our list of the top things we would love to see in town. Tell us what you think, and tell us yours

Busy bus lanes
Busy bus lanes
Public swimming pool
Public swimming pool
Rollerskating
Rollerskating
Training course for new cab drivers
Training course for new cab drivers
Accommodation of construction workers
Accommodation of construction workers
Drive-in movie theatre
Drive-in movie theatre
All children wearing seatbelts and sitting in the back seat
All children wearing seatbelts and sitting in the back seat
Charity or vintage clothes shops
Charity or vintage clothes shops
Street performers
Street performers
A ‘greasy-spoon’ café serving fry-ups
A ‘greasy-spoon’ café serving fry-ups
Fat Burger
Fat Burger
1/11

1 A mountain. Surely the world’s biggest could be crafted?

2 Busy bus lanes – with buses full of people of all Dubai’s many nationalities.

3 An air-conditioned dome to cover the city. We’d fix it so we get to enjoy October climes all year round.

4 More parades, like after we won the Gulf Football Cup in ’06. The jams were a pain, but the atmosphere and cars were unforgettable.

5 The end of mozzies at outdoor restaurants. Can’t someone discover a gadget to get rid of them?

6 A cinema that notifies viewers if films have been cut (and by how much).

7 A public swimming pool. Not everyone gets to splash about in their own.

8 More live sport – as well as homegrown teams and players.

9 A huge, rollerskating rink.

10 Courtesy on the roads.

11 A law forcing people to drive bumper cars.

12 A training course for new cab drivers, so they know where everything is.

13 American soul food. We need grits and biscuits!

14 More pavements for pedestrians.

15 Fewer sunglasses, indoors.

16 Some decent accommodation for all Dubai’s construction workers.

17 A drive-in movie theatre.

18 All children wearing seatbelts and sitting in the back seat.

19 More (the first?) charity or vintage clothes shops.

20 A continual decrease in rent prices.

21 Drivers who don’t lean on their horns whenever anything, however slight, gets in their way.

22 More bars and cafés along the beach fronts.

23 Street performers – buskers, mimes or jugglers. We’re not fussy.

24 A ‘greasy-spoon’ café serving fry-ups.

25 The world’s smallest tower.

What would you really love to see in Dubai? More malls? More restaurants? Something different? Leave a comment and tell us what you think. Don't forget to check out the next page and see some of the things we don't want to see any more.


And five things that we never ever want to see…

1 Any more fast food outlets.

2 Monkeys on leads. Or any other wild animals cruelly kept as pets.

3 Real snow. While it might be a novelty, climate change scares us.

4 The end of free beaches – for so many they are what makes this city.

5 No more sunshine. We’ll never tire of it.

Join the debate. Tell is what you would like to banish from Dubai.

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