Sunday, 13 July 2008


Enigmaticaly, little orange bus stops have started popping up all over Sharjah. The fact that bus stops have popped up isn’t in itself enigmatic: the enigmatic bit is that they all carry the number 14. It must be the Mother of all Bus Routes, the Sharjah Number 14.

There is no other number. Every single bus stop is served by the number 14 bus: from Al Wahda and Al Arouba street right up to the airport and around the university, down to the industrial estate and out to the Emirates Road.

And, of course, this being Sharjah: if every bus stop on every route is numbered 14, then obviously every bus should be a number 14 bus, too. And so it is. Yup: every man jack of ‘em’s a number 14 bus.

This from the place where every roundabout is named as a square.

Ya gotta love it...


Seabee said...

Sounds like the perfect system to me, you can't go wrong. Just get on the number 14 bus at stop number14. It avoids all the confusion of different routes and numbers.

Jayne said...

The feeebee buses have recently started up here in AD. Initially & I suspect due to the poor advertising/awareness campaign, they were eyes rather suspiciously & I watched many, many empty buses stop to collect nothing more than fresh air. A week later & half the population thinks they're the best thing since sliced naan....which they are, obviously! I can't help wondering though just how long it's going to be before the taxi owners start bitching & moaning about losing money!

Samer Marzouq said...

it must be the nexus of the universe :D

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