Sunday, December 25, 2005

Hot News From Jebel Ali

Your fearless number one reporter Keefieboy brings you this eye-witness report. Passing Ibn Battuta Maul on the way to repay Etisalat for their extreme generosity in disconnecting my broadband on Christmas Day, I found the road was blocked by hundreds of Oriental-looking blokes marching in the direction of the China Court. Somehow I don't think they were going shopping. Returning from Jebel Ali, the road to China was blocked by dozens of policemen, cars and the kind of busses you use to take a lot of people to jail in. Some of the police were wearing riot gear.

More hot news. I arrived at the little Etisalat office (after detouring halfway to Abu Dhabi and then back to Jebel Ali Village because I managed to miss the turn-off in both directions) to find the car park completely empty. Now there is no way that Etisalat are going to take a day off to celebrate the Prophet Isa's Birthday (PBUH), and I was right. The old office is closed because they've moved to a big new shiny building not far away. Unfortunately, because of the crap road layout around Jebel Ali Free Zone's Main Gate, the only way to (legally) drive to the new office would involve a detour back to Jebel Ali Village. I kid you not.

So I walked over to the new office. It is indeed big and new and shiny, boasting no less than a dozen counters, one of which was actually open. But there's loads of room for people to queue in and we all enjoyed that.


Anonymous dubaibilly said...

So why were we all off this morning then Keef? Seems to be OK now, but even the help line wasn't working earlier!

Happy Christmas to you and better half mate and give our regards and best wishes to offspring on the 29th.

If we don't see you before have a great holiday,

Bill and Cher

PS, why do I have to type ydbojafh to post this?

11:44 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

DubaiBilly: Everybody's Interweb was off this morning? Dang!

You have to type the wiggly code word so that I don't get tons of spam comments that are sent by computers that can't read.

Have a great day - try not to fall asleep in the pudding this time!

11:52 am  
Blogger CG said...

they disconnected mine today and all the phones and basically anything to do with their company.

12:03 pm  
Blogger kaya said...


2:26 pm  
Blogger Dhabi Dabbler said...

Merry Xmas to you and yours from me and mine.

I bet the China Court incident doesn't get a mention in tomorrow's number one paper.

2:55 pm  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

They cut me off yesterday, I went and paid up this morning. My fault: I'd rather spend 250 dhs on Christmas pressies than their broadband service.

3:30 pm  
Blogger BuJ said...


Hi there.. I really liked your "Prophet Isa's Birthday (PBUH)". Very good!

Happy Christmas and new year!

12:19 am  
Blogger BuJ said...

oh by the way i turned off the spam thingie coz i cannot read the jumbled letters in my blog a few weeks back and i haven't got a single spam..

well i do get some silly comments sometimes but i believe they are written by humans.

try to turn it off and see.. but mind you the traffic you get here in an hour is probably what i'd get in a month!

12:21 am  
Blogger samuraisam said...

it was reported in KT or some other paper today/yesterday

1:47 am  

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