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Egypt: Respecting Traffic Lights

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, China, Egypt, India, United Arab Emirates, Development, Ideas, Law

What does people's attitudes towards crossing the road have to do with where their country stands in the world? Egyptian blogger Egyptian in the USA brings us the answer in this translation from Arabic.

Writing in Egyptian Wish [1], the blogger quotes part of an article published in Aljazeera.net, by Mohamed El Sayed Ahmed which says:

رغم احمرار اشارة عبور المشاه باحد ضواحي دبي الا ان الطريق كان سالك – فعبرت وبعض الهنود والافارقة – فيما ظلت فتاتين صينيتين ورجل اوروبي منتظرين حتى تفتح الاشارة – ففكرت في دلك واكتشفت ان هذا هو الفرق بين الصين واوروبا من جه وبين الدول الاخرى من جه اخرى – فاحترامهم للقواعد جعلتهم الاقوى – فقررت الالتزام باشارة المرور لعلي اصبح مثلهم – هذة هي الصين عملاق المستقبل
Despite the red traffic light on one of Dubai suburb’s streets, where the road was empty, I crossed the road with a few Indians and Africans, while two Chinese girls and a European man stood waiting until the traffic light turned green. I thought about this, and discovered that this is the difference between China and Europe on the one hand and other countries on the other. Their respect for rules made them stronger. So I decided to respect the traffic rules in order to be like them someday.
This is China, the giant of the future.