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16 September, 2005

Incensing behaviour

Whatever the government's training for census supervisors involved, it seems unlikely that it encouraged the behaviour of this nasty piece of work, who terrorised a Sharjah housewife:

“My door bell rang continuously and I didn't expect any visitor at this time since my husband was out of town. So I refused to open the door to a stranger who later started to bang on the door. When I asked him about his indentity, he ordered me to open the door, as he wanted to ask me few questions. I told him that this is not the right time to visit people's home following which he threatened he would break open the door and will call the police.”

Scared, U.P still refused, but the stranger started to ask her details on the number of people living in the apartment. “When I informed we are two persons, he accused me of lying."

Late night visits, aggression, and insults. Hardly the way to go about things.

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Blogger desertblog said...

Looks like shoddy customer service extends to the government sector as well!

16 September, 2005 19:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont believe that was a government official, basically could be someone lying...i hope U.P. calls the police next time! for her own safety!

16 September, 2005 22:59  
Blogger Magnus Nystedt said...

I sure hope it wasn't a real census official. If it was they've got some work to do in selecting and training these people. Unfortunately though, there's probably quite a few shady characters that take advantage of a situation like this.

17 September, 2005 07:12  
Blogger clayfuture said...

They need to learn some manners in handling people. I'm certain that if that inspector had talked politely to the lady, she would have cooperated.

However, this is also an opportunity for imposters to make money. If they can pose as policemen, CID officials and Water & Electricity officials, then this is a piece of cake.

17 September, 2005 09:48  
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17 September, 2005 09:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another day in the life of an expatriate in the UAE! What's new??

17 September, 2005 10:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had my visit from the census man last week and one glaring problem soon became apparant. My Arabic is very basic and his English was non-existant. Admittedly he was able to call on his Indian driver for a very basic translation, but I am wondering why the census bureau decided to use exclusively Arabic speakers in a country whose population is probably at least 60% non-Arab.

17 September, 2005 11:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont it was a gov. employee! but be one of her Ex-lovers.

Last time we one of the cencus guy came to our house, we were watching footie! he asked if he could sit and watch?

we all sat together and watched football.

17 September, 2005 14:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


17 September, 2005 15:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bal-sushi,

I've been told that Baluchis (and i assume you're one) are folks with a mix arabs/iranians/pakistani heritage. is that true?

Next question - why do ya sound like a tobacco chewing, redneck?

17 September, 2005 15:29  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Hey_Ball_Sushi - try to limit the insults! This is supposed to be a friendly place, despite some sarcasm and satire.

Baluchistan is actually a province which borders Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, so no wonder if there is a lot of mingling. You can read more about it here. Pretty interesting place by the sound of it, as well as the mysterious Brahui people.

17 September, 2005 15:57  
Blogger Jassim said...

Ignorance shall always be rewarded with wikipidea links, this is the way of the world.

17 September, 2005 16:27  
Blogger secretdubai said...

On the subjects I've used it for, I have found Wiki impressively reliable and well-written.

Anyone trusting any source 100% implicitly on the internet has only themselves to blame, whether Wiki or the BBC.

What I like about Wiki is that it is user-generated content, like blogging, so I feel it is something worth supporting. It gets updated very quickly (Zayed's and Fahd's deaths were on there within minutes of being announced). And for an overview of a topic and useful links, it's currently one of the best sites around.

17 September, 2005 16:35  
Blogger Jassim said...

You did not hav to justify your use of it. Just stating a recently noticed fact.

17 September, 2005 17:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Ball-sushi,

This is long history, we are neither mix of pakistan nor Iran nor Afghanistan! We are Baluchi's of Baluchistan! If people draw a line on a paper, be it.

Also beware of Al Marri, Al Rind, Al Askani, Al Zadjali Coz we they are also Balushi's/Baluchi

its spelled, Baloshi/Bulushi/ Bloshi... depends on who is writing it.

Secy, please dont listen to those "Brahui's" they are not Baluchi's!!! but they think they are! and they say they are. just to get Nationality from Oman and other GCC countries.

17 September, 2005 22:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many UAE nationals are ethnically not from the Semitic peoples (i.e. original or Bedouin Arabs), rather they can trace their ancestry back to Iran or Balochistan. What I find funny is that there are no Keralite UAE nationals given their overwhelming numbers in this country? ;)

By the way, for those interested:

17 September, 2005 22:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What I find funny is that there are no Keralite UAE nationals"

Mr Anonymous, you do you have a good point BUT you must not forget that Keralites/Pakistanis/Other Indians are all Culturally Alien to Us!

Also the levant arabs are culturally different to Gulf area. also Mentality wise!

While on the other hand Somehow for some stranger reasons the People of Baluchistan are very much like the people of the Gulf in culture , tradition and way of life!

dont forget that the SH. Abdullah Bin Zayed himself goes to Baluchistan for Falconary! so you see... I dont know but what I can tell you is that the Arabs of Gulf and Us Baluchi's seem like minded.

18 September, 2005 09:36  
Blogger InBetween said...

... She shpuld called the police... Any way can't belive it.

18 September, 2005 12:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they send only Arabic speakers because they have not figured out that non Arabic speakers live here, and hence need the census. The numbers never lie, or will they?

But in any case, when the official comes round, I will ask for ID, and then invite him/her in for refreshements, did this back in my own country, these guys see a lot of the community and are very interesting to talk too.

18 September, 2005 12:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how accurate this census is going to be anyway. I know of one unmarried couple who live together who have already decided that officially one of them (her) doesn't live here because they are worried about their illegal living circumstances.

18 September, 2005 13:28  
Blogger Parv said...

Just wondering - how does this census thing work when considering 15 working adults living together in a tiny two-bedroom flat?

Does anyone really believe these blue-collar chaps will reveal to Mr. Arabic-speaking Census-guy how many roomies exist in their little box home?

Will this census prove to be another futile experience for Big Brother? Would the money be better spent pumped into the development of low-cost housing, inorder to accommodate these bachelors?

Just wondering.

18 September, 2005 14:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What I find funny is that there are no Keralite UAE nationals"

Because they are Keralite. Its not rocket science, its simple.

An Iranian Balush is as good as being an Emirati. Just like the man said, we have too much of a shared identity and community and history with those people.

18 September, 2005 23:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Because they are Keralite. Its not rocket science, its simple."


19 September, 2005 11:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone knows Baluchistan is a part of PAKISTAN, so shut up and stop pretending you guys are any different. To further prove the point this Baluchistan you talk about that the sheikhs goes to for Falconary, tell me what country is that in ?.
There is nothing common about the Arab culture and the Baluchis , you all have adpated to the Emarati way of life better than the average Irani or Paki. The story is not long like Mr Baluchi said , Baluchis (Iran/Pak) , Menawis (Iran) , Bastaki (Iran) were primarily hired as help to bring goods from the Indian subcontinent for the Sheikhs in the early 50' and 60's. As time evolved these people were hired fulltime by the sheikhs, given nationalities and the rest as we know it is history.
Even within the UAE society, though nobody likes to admit it you are considered second or may be even third tiers citizens.

PS. A REAL Muwatin

19 September, 2005 22:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" I dont know but what I can tell you is that the Arabs of Gulf and Us Baluchi's seem like minded."

..I wonder if the Comanche or the Sioux would like it here...LOL

20 September, 2005 23:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most locals call each other baluchis if they want to make fun of each other or insult the other..

23 September, 2005 07:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, A real Muatin?

What do you mean by that? I suggest you go and do a bit of reading but not out of your won written history.

For example, Check out the maps in German museums around this area! the whole of this area was called "Independant Oman"

One of the fisrt souq here is called "Gwader souq" which you will find near the abra around the Sabka bus stop.

We are here before the formation of the uae and the History is my witness.

The problem in this society is people like you! Balushi's have died fighting and saving for this land, My uncle lost his life during gulf war when you real Muwatin ran like chicken to usa for refugee!

So next time thin before you make some childish comments, Westerners will laugh at us/u even louder... already we are a joke as it is.

23 September, 2005 19:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous or Real Muatin,

another thing for you, Its people like you that resembles the mentality that of Saddam Hussein!

The Real Muatin of Iraq! lol, Now look what have you achieved by alienating the Citizens of Iraq, The Kurds and Shia's!

He branded and treated the Kurds as non-Iraiq's and gassed the Kurds NOW look what did that turn out for Iraq?

Whos is control now?

Every person that hold the Citizenship of this Great Nation is an Integral part of this country! regardless of who or what tribe he/she is from.

This is what I love about the Western world, for eg: look at UK they even placed a muslim women as Miss England.

Because they treat Humans with Equality.

And YOU? We talk big words about our religion and look what are we/YOU doing? everthing is in contradiction of our religion.

23 September, 2005 21:31  

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