Mind Your Manners on the Metro

Sometimes it not ok to just be yourself.  A lot of us Dubaians have become so used to commuting in the privacy of our cushy cars, that the transition to public transport might be a little awkward. Here are a few tips and reminders to keep you on your best metro behavior

  1. Give your seat to people in need. No matter how tired you may be, women (especially pregnant ones), children and the elderly should always get first dibs on seats.
  2. Don’t push  and shove  your way on and off the metro. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to get off.  If you’re really in a rush, a simple “excuse me” is a lot more effective than knocking down the old lady next to you.
  3. When you get on the train, move to the back and make room for others. Standing like the Statue of Liberty in front of the door only slows down the process.
  4. Leave your ghetto blasters at home. Remember, no music without headphones
  5. Try to keep loud phone conversations to a minimum. We don’t all have to know about what the maid is fixing for dinner.
  6. And that goes for live conversations too. If you’re traveling with a friend, try to keep your voices low. 
  7. The no food or drink rule is meant to be kept. They’re not trying to starve you. Think about it….Do you really want someone’s coffee spilling on your white shirt as you rush to a meeting?
  8. Please, even if it’s crowded and you’re packed in like sardines, respect other people’s personal space: Keep your heavy breathing to yourself and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  9. Get ready at home. No one wants to watch you flossing your teeth or putting on your lipstick on the train.
  10. No staring. No matter how good she looks, keep  your eyes on the newspaper.
  11. Last but not least, one simple word: Deodorant.


  1. Posted by  Rakesh Heer on March 01, 2012 | 12:34 PM Login to flag
    "Statue of Liberty" Lol !! thats a nice wya of putting it.
  2. Posted by  Dirk Fitch on February 24, 2012 | 5:52 PM Login to flag
    Rita, I agree emphatically, especially with rule number one. Nothing angers me more on the metro than to see lazy young men sitting while ladies stand. Except possibly the other passengers' lack of concern in not reminding these lazy cads of their manners. Gentlemen please, make your parents proud? Thank you.
  3. Posted by  rockhopper on October 12, 2009 | 11:54 AM Login to flag
    If there was only one I could choose out of that well observed list, it would be #11! Its right on the money!

  4. Posted by  Ahmed on September 11, 2009 | 1:39 PM Login to flag
    excellent job!
  5. Posted by  Lawrence on September 09, 2009 | 11:56 PM Login to flag
  6. Posted by  Flames on September 09, 2009 | 10:11 PM Login to flag
    HAHAHA this is hillarious
    very true said very nicely!

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Rita Posted by Rita on September 09, 2009 | 1:06 PM