Stunt driving in the UAE has always been a popular yet illegal pastime for people who have nothing better to do but put their lives and the lives of others in danger. 

In a recent video, a reckless driver was filmed high-skiing his vehicle (driving with two right wheels on the road). 

The video is said to have been taken in the aftermath of a wedding reception, which of course put the lives of many at risk, according to Gulf News.

The driver in question has now been taken into custody, but he's hardly the only person to have performed such stunts.

He's one among 1,800 others

1,847 stunt cars in 13 months. That's the amount of vehicles that were seized between 2016 and January 2017, the Dubai Police Department told Gulf News

In a statement, the Director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police, Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui said: "We have a specialized team of police officers tackling stunt drivers who endanger others’ lives by their driving."  

"The best solution to this problem is more enforcement on the roads, tougher punishments and to raise awareness among reckless drivers."

In a similar incident, and just last week, a stunt driver was arrested for doing burnouts on a wet road on Dubai's busy City Walk. As a result he and two other friends inside the vehicle were arrested and ordered to clean the streets for 30 days as part of their community service

But we have to ask, who are behind these stunts?

Most stunt drivers are male. According to a 2016 report, 90% of accidents in Dubai are caused by men. 

(Take that, every misogynist who complains about women drivers!) 

The same study revealed that driving during the day is safer than the night-time, despite the fact that more cars are on the road during daylight and working hours. 

We can't say for sure, but it's very likely that stunt drivers can cause such a result, especially since most driving acrobatics are performed during the night. 


Basically, the take away is, stunt driving is dangerous and illegal, and if things continue to go the way they are at this moment many people could end up getting seriously hurt. 

In any case, at least Dubai will have very clean streets.