The stunt drivers caught on camera were reportedly fans of the football club Al Wasl and were celebrating the club's victory by performing stunts on Shaikh Zayed Road.
Dubai: Daredevil drivers who were filmed performing dangerous stunts on Shaikh Zayed Road have been arrested, the Dubai Police deputy chief said on Monday.
A video of the stunts was posted on video-sharing site Youtube and was heavily circulated on Facebook. Shortly after the release of the video, Dubai Police set up a team to find and arrest the errant drivers.
"Shaikh Zayed Road is a vital road in Dubai, and these cars were not only endangering the lives of others but blocking traffic as well," said Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Dubai Police Chief.
"This affects the UAE's image negatively because many people commented that this is an example of how people drive in Dubai, which is not true," Al Mazeina said.
The stunt drivers were reportedly fans of the football club Al Wasl and were celebrating the club's victory by performing stunts on Shaikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Beach Road and other roads.
"Two cars were seized, while the police are still on the look[out] for two more. One of the owners hid his car in another emirate, while another tried to change the look of his car to escape punishment, but the two of them along with two others have been arrested and referred to public prosecution," Al Mazeina said.
"Skilled drivers should go to designated race tracks on and off-road. They should not use the city's streets to show their skills and put the lives of others at risk, even for a few seconds," Al Mazeinah said.
"An accident can happen in a fraction of a second, so this behaviour will not be tolerated even for a short time," he added. He urged residents to immediately report such incidents to police.
Under the law, endangering the lives, health, security or freedom of others is punishable by a jail sentence.
Commenting on why these drivers were not immediately apprehended by police patrols, Al Mazeina said that police were busy accompanying the victory march of Al Wasl fans, which covered two kilometres.
Well, had this video not been posted these guys would have gone un noticed by the Police and that's what happens to many others who does the same on streets of Dubai, sharjah and even Ajman. The culture needs to be changed in this regard, there should be a proper campaign to educate people. I wonder how these modified vehicles go unnoticed where many other vehicles with minor faults are caught by police. The SZR is full of surveillance cameras and no body was watching them.....? I'm sorry but I guess its negligence from everybody's part including the concerned authorities.
Muhammad Asim, Ajman, United Arab Emirates
Added 16:02 May 25, 2010
Good Job arresting these brats, but how come it took days? i hope they give these brats punishment they deserve for putting lives in danger, not because they put shame on the country's name by proudly posting and spreading these videos on-line.
Lane Tores , Dubai , United Arab Emirates
Added 15:18 May 25, 2010
I say well done! Need more policing like this! Too many youngsters are taking to the streets doing what ever they want, when ever they want! Well done!
Daman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:58 May 25, 2010
I have seen many similar acts here in dubai specially during National UAE day or regualrly week end thursday night and friday's check, Jumeirah beach road , motor bikes racing on signal stops, they are speeding more than 70Kph only the max allowed in the beach road .
i have not seen any apprehesion or arrest on the spot .
The image of this country is being tainted by arrogance, bullish young ones from this region commonly bragging while driving the newly purchased car of their parents seemingly without care and consideration to their lives and others.
Nujrev, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:52 May 25, 2010
These people should be punished heavily. We can see lot of reckless drivers on the busy roads, changing lines freequently without putting indicators and saying bad words to those who dont gave side on time. The police should give the authority to few residents who all are on the road on most of their working hours to catch and punish these kind of people.
Madhu, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:11 May 25, 2010
It's good to know that Dubai Police is serious in improving the safety of people on the roads but faster response to apprehend such drivers should be done. People who see such event should help by immediately reporting to the Police of such act. All Emirates should do the same for the safety of all. The road is not a race track nor a playground for stunt driving. More power to Dubai Police and keep it up!
Ice, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:04 May 25, 2010
Police must also arrest and prosecute people responsible for causing / contributing / involving motorists who kill over 1000 people per year in the UAE every year.
Sumi Tiwari, Adelaide, Australia
Added 13:48 May 25, 2010
dont play with your and my lifes......police should tackle them as soon as possible...
Salman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:32 May 25, 2010
I really appreciate Dubai Police for taking action on such people. And this shows that Dubai Police's technology advancement too...by tracking offenders' video through Youtube..
I feel such offenders should be punished and that should be a WARNING to all such stunt masters.
Darvin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:08 May 25, 2010
3 minutes performance on the road.why there was no one to report it to the police immediately?
Thomas, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:32 May 25, 2010
This is bizarre. If these guys can do what they did on 'Sh. Zayed Road' - one of the busiest roads in the UAE and not get caught at the same moment.
Lee, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:10 May 25, 2010
I have observed more dangerous stunts during the uae national day and i had my family inside the car. I had to pull over to avoid a more fatal accident.
Boniface, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:04 May 25, 2010
It is very disappointing that Gulf News post a video with wrong title "Crazy Arabic Driving" insulting millions of Arabs because of a couple of reckless drivers! all Emiraty, including me, who saw this video were shocked and not accepted this act at all. We know there was organized celebration and these guys took it as a chance to perform stunt and of course this doesn't mean they happy and celebrating of Al Wasel Championship but taking the chance to ruin.
Ahmad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:59 May 25, 2010
It is from such drivers that other drivers copy the same attitude. Wow seems these guys took part in a formula one race. what more am i going to see? when ever i step on to the highways i take 4 deep breaths and always watch such reckless drivers. they are there every where and they need to be chased and kept behind bars.
Mathew Litty , Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:11 May 25, 2010
Two thumbs up for the police who arrested those daredevil stunt drivers. Hope that they will continue doing these kind of things (arresting bad people). Looking forward that police will arrest the other bad drivers whom they dont care for the life of others.
Bullet, Makati, Philippines
Added 11:08 May 25, 2010
Let's see how long will they be kept behind bars for! I hope they r given a good punishment to teach them a lesson most of the car accidents n rash drivers are from such drivers.
Dia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:47 May 25, 2010
I was waiting for the authorities to give justice and i guess justice has been served. People who drive recklessly should not only have their licence cancelled but given a hefty fine for endagering the lives of innocent people on the road. Thank you Dubai Police for this great effort!!!
Shahin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:43 May 25, 2010
From my experience, this is a very common scene on shekh zayed road as well as on jumeirah road where you can see drivers or bikers performing dangerous stunts on the busy roads where they aren't only endangering their lives but risking others motorists lives.not only they perform stunts but they do racing while driving so recklessly that other drivers get scared.
i would request dubai police to do the needful to make sure that no one gets hurt on the roads so that dubai remains the safest city in the world, which makes it our favorite destination.
Naresh Kumar Devra, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:23 May 25, 2010
There must be something wrong to put others lives in danger like this for nothing. I hope they get a real punishment for their actions.
Mike, Bologna, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Added 10:04 May 25, 2010
First of all they should respect their own country, and respect others. Don't they respect others. Don't they know the value of life?