Why do people tint the windows on their cars, and is it true that UAE nationals can have them darker than expats?
So why do we tint car windows? In my humble knowledge and as far as I know, there are two reasons – good or not so good, depending on the person’s opinion. Some have windows tinted to reduce the impact of the piercing sun and heat. I’m sure everyone will agree on that – and it’s the reason my car has tinted windows.
Some add that they need privacy from being seen when they are out. Of course, that’s ladies who cover – they don’t want to wear their shayla or headscarf in the car. Tinted windows do the job, especially when sitting at traffic lights or in jams.
To me, both reasons are legitimate. But then it was taken to extremes and abused, so the police had to step in and establish a law with firm guidelines about how much and who can do it.
While the law is detailed and explains all the options, in no way does it say an Emirati can have a darker tint than others. What some people do is wait for the inspection to be done, then they have it made darker afterwards or even just add another layer. Why do they do this? I’m not sure, nor do I want each and every one out there to tell me their reasons.
What I’m sure of is that it’s breaking the law, and if you exceed the legal parameters the police will ticket you and make you remove the tint right there and then.
If you want the definitive answer about the exact letter of the law, then come along to the joint SMCCU and 7DAYS community meeting with the police where you can ask anything.
The meeting, a first for Dubai, will be on June 10 at the Crowne Plaza on Sheikh Zayed Road from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Put it in your diary! There will be more news in 7DAYS about it soon.
Nasif Kayed is general manager of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Every week in 7DAYS he addresses topics about culture and life. Do you have a question for Nasif? Email email@example.com