About Job Application, Driving Licence and Company Names

The company that my brother-in-law works for is currently hiring software engineers, preferably locals.  A few days ago, a local applicant came in to apply for the said post and was required to take a written test.  He looked at the sheets of questionaires before him, and tossing them aside, he said, “This looks like a very long test.  I don’t have time for this.”  And he left.

In other news, I called up the consulate yesterday to ask what the requirements were to have my driving licence renewed.  The lady on the phone told me, quite politely, to bring the original and photocopies of my passport and driver’s licence, a passport-sized photograph, and 100 dirhams.  When asked how many days do the process usually take, she replied, quite confidently, “Five working days, Maam.”

You see, I still don’t have a U.A.E. driving licence and if I show the driving institute the non-U.A.E. licence that I do have, I’ll be exempted from 20 classes.  That would also mean saving time and 1000 dirhams!

So when Masood and I took a few hours off from work this morning to go to the consulate, the guy at the customer service directed us to the Notarials/Marriage section.  After queuing for 20 minutes and watching some woman singing her head off (the TV was on mute and the woman appears to be in extreme pain hitting those high notes), we were told that the driving licence can not be renewed here in the U.A.E.  I have to return to the country where this was issued.

On our way home, hot (it’s already 30 C) and upset, I saw an LPG delivery truck for a company named, BOOM Gas Refills.  A company named, Rona Air and Sea Freight.  Rona, in Urdu, means to cry.  And a salon named, AL TABAHI Ladies’ Beauty Parlor.  Tabahi, in the Urdu language, means destruction.

Anyhow, the picture that I’m going to share with you in this post is the one I took in Al Qasba, Sharjah.  Masood and I had a fabulous time, taking a boat ride around the Sharjah corniche and watching the spectacular view of Sharjah at night aboard the Eye of the Emirates, which I wrote about here.

The Eye of Emirates in Al Qasba, Sharjah

The Eye of Emirates in Al Qasba, Sharjah

Have a fabulous week, everyone!

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14 Responses to About Job Application, Driving Licence and Company Names

  1. masood says:

    LOL @ Boom and on Tabahi. So that’s the height of their beauty – to make tabahi;)

    And I just added the Rona Air and Sea Freight. How could have I forgotten that? 🙂

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  3. Abid says:

    Did you eat out at the canal?

    If you haven’t tried it before, then go to this restaurant (Omar’s – found in this picture https://thepurplejournal.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/100_16791.jpg). It is Egyptian cuisine at its best!

    My family wanted Nando’s from there though, so we had to settle for that 😦

  4. nadia says:

    We went to Masala Craft for Hyderabadi Dum ki Biryani. My family isn’t so fond of Egyptian cuisine actually.

    Do you specifically recommend something from Omar’s?

  5. mubi says:

    lol, the best bit was tabahi and rona :p

    and wow the eye of emirate looks awesome!

    They use really funny names out here. If they don’t feel creative, they will just name a company BURJ or EMIRATES 😀

  6. Mezba says:

    They don’t have time for this and yet they want a job! And when they get a job they don’t do anything…. such turmoil!

    the picture’s beautiful.

    Turmoil it is 😀

  7. Well, they can afford to live by such an attitude towards work because they know that eventually they will still be hired by companies that are forced to comply with the emiratization policy.

    And not to mention that they can actually sue the company if they get fired.

  8. Asma Ahsan says:

    Rona Air! Thats a classic! 🙂

    And we went in there to inquire about their rates, lol 😀

  9. Haleem says:

    Half the world (the unemployed that is) wishes they had this national’s problem… job interview too long and boring so he moves on.

  10. Specs says:

    hahahaha… we use to tease some over-dyed, over-plucked girls as coming straight from ‘khauf soorat beauty parlor’ as a play on ‘khoobsoorat’ but this one takes the cake… more so because its real. HAHAHAHA

    Haha, “khauf soorat” – I think I like that one 😀

  11. hfm says:

    Eye of Emirates looks amazing!

  12. Asma Ahsan says:

    LOL – Rona hi aaya ho ga rate sun kar! 😛

  13. meow says:

    what are you going to do about your license now?

    Take 40 classes 😦

  14. laagan says:

    ahahha…the anecdote about the applicant was so funny….
    i still have not applied for the UAE driver’s license….I am just so lazy…

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