Some things here in the UAE are quite smooth. Getting petrol is one. You just drive in, place your car in front of one of the petrol tanks, or whatever you call them, roll down your window and tell the boys working there what you would like. They help you to fill up the car, you dont even have to step outside, you are not supposed to step outside. Someone is cleaning your window in the meantime and you can also get one of the waiters to take your take away coffee order while waiting in the car. The gas is very cheap, to fill up the tank in our Toyota Rav4, a medium sized car by UAE standars, costs around 110 SEK... Very cheap indeed!
We are renting a car, trying to figure out what kind of model we like before buying one. We have had our Toyota Rav4 for about a month now and it is time to renew, but this time we are thinking about either a Toyota Fortuner or a Toyota Prado. The Prado is a very popular car among expats, it is rather big but not too big and it has three extra seats in the back. We will see. On the roads, it is quite safe with a big car but certain parking spaces are certainly not made for Land Cruisers or SUV:s... and it is an advantage to have a car you can both drive and park without any hazzle, or risking bumping into things everytime you try parking.