I have wanted to write this post for quite a while now. No, this post is not about aliens or spaceships (pun intended, especially when a Bollywood movie about an alien is running quite successfully at the local theatres). This post is about the umpteen number of paper / foam cups that literally keep flying on the Dubai roads. Agreed that the mochas, lattes and karak chais are quite the local favourite in our city, especially in the ‘winter’ season, yet some of the educated masses forget all ethics when it comes to getting rid of the cups. This further adds to our city’s municipality’s woes, who are doing a commendable job in ridding Dubai’s streets of waste.
A look around our beautiful city will clearly depict an abundance of waste bins; be it streets, metro stations, malls, offices, shops. You name it, there’s a dustbin. In fact our city municipality has even gone to lengths to drape the city’s street waste bins with colourful images of flowers etc. Should we not then restrict the urge to let the cup fly by while driving on E11 or one of the other numerous roads? This problem gets aggravated especially on the highways, where the speed limits are higher, hence the motoring community feels that they can probably get away with it as no one will really notice a paper cup being tossed out of a speeding car at 100 km/h.
There is no doubt that our city is a beautiful one indeed, whether it is towering skyscrapers or gardens, snaking metro viaducts or the plethora of flyovers, none of them look good with flying cups. I humbly urge our community to continue enjoying the mochas, especially while the weather lasts; just be responsible enough to toss it in the bin, instead of letting it fly away and then collect as an unsightly dump.