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09 December, 2005

Baby you can ring my bell

Unless you're UAE Labour Minister Dr Al Kaabi. Ministry employees have clearly heeded earlier advice and now have a near-perfect success rate in not answering calls:

DUBAI — Believe it or not, calls made by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, to his own office went unanswered, not once but several times yesterday, exposing the indifferent attitude of the telephone operators at the ministry.

In a worrying display of cunning, Dr Al Kaabi then rang up a Ministry employee on her mobile, and she answered immediately:

"An infuriated minister asked the staff as to why she did not attend to the landline call, to which she coolly claimed that the instrument did not ring at all, and that there was some technical problem."

Dear oh dear. Labour Ministry employees still have some way to go to safely achieve maximum inertia. Some further tips:

1. Don't answer your mobile during the working day (unless it's an urgent call from your dealer). Let it ring out, then call it back five minutes later and say you were in the bathroom.

2. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the day. If the person at the other end becomes irate/suspicious, claim you have irritable bowel syndrome and resign on full sick pay, suing for emotional damages and harassment.

3. Don't claim you have a "technical problem" unless you have actually properly created one. If your nail scissors won't cut through the phone chord, try pouring boiling qahwa into the receiver.

Follow this advice, and hopefully the Ministry will be back to 100% incompetency by the start of next week.



Blogger CG said...

I am glad to see the Ministry believes in consistancy.

09 December, 2005 07:27  
Blogger CG said...

YES!!!! I was first....yeeeeeeeeha! It pays to stay up all night.

09 December, 2005 07:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is typical of the region. Operators (esp of a particular nationality) will be filing nails but ignore that phone ringing like crazy. How about having a conscience? This problem can easily be fixed, as it was done for a well known real estate company. Get your calls redirected to a call center.

09 December, 2005 10:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cg - it's ok, I'll do the ad for you.

Wanted: A life. Don't mind if it's a bit soiled, just need one pronto.


Regarding the calls - since when is it polite and professional to answer the phone (when the can be bothered) with - 'EEEHHH!' or , 'AAAHHHLOOOO'

09 December, 2005 12:06  
Blogger _sublime_ said...

Sorry to hijack this thread but has anyone checked out satellite internet as an alternative to Etisalat/Tecom?

No proxy, no limit on VOIP but it is a little expensive.

09 December, 2005 14:16  
Blogger samuraisam said...

_sublime_ it is also illegal, and highly innapropriate for many purposes due to its usually + 1 second response times.
and you'll need a huge dish on your roof to use it.

09 December, 2005 14:31  
Blogger Ray!! said...

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09 December, 2005 16:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said... has been blocked!!??!

Wheres the ranting and raving

09 December, 2005 16:03  
Blogger hdastoor said...

I am still waiting for someone to pick up the phone or answer emails (dr.rola)at Ministry of Agriculture and Fishiries on procedures to import my pets to the UAE.Hey, Mr.Kaabi caould you please pop by that ministry too,thanks .

09 December, 2005 16:44  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Wheres the ranting and raving

See UAE community blog. We've also got a story about it in 7Days.

09 December, 2005 18:03  
Blogger flamin said...

it was time someone bust their assess. the ministry divisions are awful with the response time and the way they keep bumping u onto different people.

10 December, 2005 01:17  

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