What's the translation for Pajero?
There was a massive accident on the Emirates Road this morning, which meant that at just 7.15 am I was sandwiched between a juggernaut and Porsche for over an hour on a six-lane highway. Inching my way slower than a snail towards Jebel Ali to drop my daughter off to school, it was quite obvious to me that I was going nowhere fast. However, some cleaver dicks didn't see it quite like that.
For some of the blokes (and hardcore lasses) out there, this was a prime opportunity for a spot of dune bashing before breakfast (or perhaps they simply deem themselves far too important to wait).
Off they veered in their four-by-fours into the sandy wasteland beside the road intent on beating the traffic. Like sheep, one went and a stream of other SUVs (sport utility vehicles) followed - no doubt driven by rams with smirks on their faces saying “Losers” to all of us 'suckers' in the jam.
Not that we were particularly law abiding citizens – I’m not aware that there are rules of the road that need abiding by out here – but quite clearly we could see the folly in this manoeuvre. The sand was super soft, the terrain riddled with dirty dunes, rubble and pot holes and, what’s more, where the devil were they going? Would they be able to bypass the accident and get back onto the road ahead?
The thing that did seem to bypass them was any logic. Whisking up the sand in their wake, through a cloud of dust they bumped and grinded their way over the desert. I had to laugh when one monster of a SUV got stuck in the sand; and the show continued with a bang as one guy suffered a burst tyre - and probably his ego along with it.
Just as I began to feel a twinge of envy – having moved less than 20 metres in half and hour – I was delighted to see this caravan of modern-day camels come slouching back. Yippee – there clearly was no access to the road or the dunes were just too much for these wimps. “Losers”!
With their tails between their back tyres, Land Rover Discoveries, Toyota Land Cruisers, Prados, Nissan Patrols and Mitsubishi Pajeros all now started to form a nice orderly queue to re-join the chocker-block Emirates Road. We weren’t having 'none of it'; serves ‘em right.
Oh, by the way, according to Wikipedia, Pajero means "wanker" in Spanish. Hence the name is often changed in other countries. It’s known as the Mitsubishi Montero (meaning "mountain hunter") in Spain, India and the Americas, and as the Mitsubishi Shogun in the UK.
The fact that it has kept its Pajero name out here seems quite fitting don't you think? There is something about the Dubai mentality that, if you let it, brings out the Pajero in many people.
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