Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar

No more roundabouts

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When I am heading off somewhere I have not been before, I usually use a SatNav to find my way. On the journey the authoritative voice might instruct ‘In 150 metres take the first exit at the roundabout’ … but often it turns out to be a regular intersection with traffic lights.

Roundabouts are probably one of the more likely places for traffic accidents in Doha, hence their replacement and that online mapping software has not been able to keep up with the changes.

Museum Roundabout

Lane discipline, particularly on roundabouts, is unpredictable and vehicles on the inside are quite likely to attempt to leave at the next exit cutting across two lanes cars that are carrying on round. Similarly some drivers do not necessarily chose to wait before entering the roundabout but just head out regardless.

Before we left Doha in mid July work had just begun clearing the landscaping from a number of roundabouts on the Corniche. We have returned to major roadworks along much of the road, reducing three lanes down to two.

I am not sure why the roundabouts are being entirely removed rather than just adding lights to control traffic flow. I cross two roundabouts on the way into work and three on the way back. If you look way back in this blog you will find a short and uninspiring video of my journey, which will take somewhat longer until the roadworks are completed in November.

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