Carpooling (also known as car-sharing, ride-sharing, lift-sharing and in French covoiturage, here in the UAE is popularly known as car lifting), is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car.

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Here in the United Arab Emirates, there are more than 500,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) employed in the architecture, construction,cargo shipping, design engineering,energy, information technology, marketing,medical, real estate, retail, telecommunications, and tourism sectors or as domestic helpers.  Dubai is home to the largest population of Filipinos in the UAE, followed by Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Some of our Kabayans (Filipino expats) here own their own vehicles, but the majority of them are commuters using the public transportation like taxis, buses, and metro rail. The popular mode of transportation among our Kabayans is car lifting when they go to work.  Their children also use either a school bus or contract  a car lifter at the beginning of a school year to bring their children to school and back to their homes.

Some of our Kabayans who have cars are car lifting as a sideline for additional income. While others either buy cars, or rent, or lease solely for the purpose of car lift.

I have seen the movie “Dubai” which was filmed in its entirety here in Dubai. Dubai, a 2005 box office Filipino film shot in the country of United Arab Emirates that tackles a story about Overseas Filipino Workers, more specifically about three lives unexpectedly connected by friendship and love. Starring Aga Muhlach, John Lloyd Cruz who play as brothers, and Claudine Barretto, who plays the woman whom the two men fell in love with at the same time. This movie was released by Star Cinema, ABS-CBN Film Productions.This is  the plot summary of the movie: “Raffy (Aga Muchlach) and Andrew (John Llyod Cruz) were orphaned as kids and had only each other to depend on. Raffy has spent the last nine years of his life working in Dubai as delivery man for a cargo forwarders. His ultimate goal is to fulfill a lifelong dream: to eventually move to Canada with his younger brother, Andrew. The Alvarez brothers are finally united when Andrew goes to Dubai.”  In the movie, Andrew resorted to car lifting to support himself.

Using the services of carpool or car lift is beneficial not only to the drivers/owners of car lift vehicles but the commuters and the general public as well. It saves money and reduces congestion on our roads and highways. It also gives you the opportunity to develop new friendships with co-workers or other commuters. There are a number of benefits when two or more people share a ride in one vehicle.


Benefits of carpooling:

  • Carpooling can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars a year as it reduces the costs involved in repetitive or long-distance driving.
  • It reduces the stress of your commute and allows you to read, relax, or even work while commuting.
  • Carpooling enables some families to cut back to one car or to do without a car at all.
  • If you don’t have a car or don’t drive, carpooling allows you to consider jobs throughout the area.
  • Carpooling can provide you with new friendships and company for your commute.
  • Carpooling reduces air pollution and traffic congestion, something that benefits all of us!
  • Carpooling helps to combat rising traffic congestion, by filling the extra seats in your car, there are fewer drivers, and therefore fewer cars crowding the roads.

In summary.  By having more people using one vehicle, carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs such as fuel costs, tolls, and the stress of driving. Carpooling is also seen as a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way to travel as sharing journeys reduces carbon emissions, traffic congestion on the roads, and the need for parking spaces. Authorities often encourage carpooling, especially during high pollution periods and high fuel prices. (Wiki)

Let us consider these things before using our own vehicles to commute to work and back to our homes.