Friday, April 07, 2006

Snail Mail Silliness Shocker

Like many Gulf Countries, the UAE has a peculiar idea of how to run a postal service. They don't actually deliver to your door. This is a major blow to letterbox manufacturers, but also to the customers because they have to rent a PO Box for an annual fee of about Dhs 300, and they have to go to their box every now and again to pick up their mail. Needless to say, this is seriously inconvenient for customers, so what most people do is use the PO Box of their workplace.

Today's Emirates Today carries a report of Emirates Post planning to crack down on this practice. An Emirates Post spokesman said:

“The personal mail of hundreds of employees causes a lot of confusion, while sorting out the company mail takes time. Sometimes the official mail gets lost or delayed.”
The Emirates Post letter to businesses says: “We want to prevent the loss of company’s mail due to sorting confusion when personal letters are addressed to the company’s PO box.”

Well no, Emirates Post spokesman, that's disingenuous tosh. The internal sorting of company mail is none of your effing business. The blatantly obvious real reason for this ludicrous idea is that you want hundreds of thousands of residents to give you Dhs 300 every year, so you can bump up your revenues ahead of your impending privatisation.

Keefieboy for one will not be getting a private mailbox. Why on earth would he want to pay good money to receive bills, bank statements and junk mail?



Blogger archer14 said...

Do these guys have a checklist? Because as far as I can see, they seem to be swinging from one tree to another. The worlds gone topsy turvy. Camels are nowhere to be found, only greedy monkeys!

8:37 am  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

P.O. boxes cause confusion to the pour souls, does it? Let me understand this right:

"P.O. Box 9876, Ras Al Quwain*" is too confusing.

Just imagine the chaos if poor postie had to find "32A, Sandpit Villas, Al Quoz, Dubai".

Actually, we don't have to imagine. Who hasn't received phone calls from the local couriers who can't find your office to deliver your new credit card?

* Yes, I know the address is ficticious!

9:27 am  
Blogger samuraisam said...

they deliver shit here, and I don't think I even pay anything, I dunno, I don't really pay tax on my income because I don't have any.

Basically they deliver packages too, and if i'm not there, then I have to walk ~100 metres to go and pick up the package from the post office.

When I left Dubai they'd started delivering packages to the front door; we recieved a package with godiva chocolate in it, and it didn't particularly like the hot sweaty back of some stupid fking corolla.

They also seem to be able to handle packages better here (Australia); I have fond memories of recieving a birthday present 2 years or so late.
And then, god forbid you have to go to fking Karama to pick up a stupid fucking package from those morons.

They'll bitch and moan about your ID not being enough all day (I gave my mothers driving license, even though the package was addressed to SAMURAI FUCKING SAM, but because the po box is registered to my dad with the same surname, they wouldn't accept it; so I got shitty at the manager for about half an hour, and got my fucking package; despite the managers beliefs, they don't have fax machines for my dad to send his stupid driving license in the MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING OCEAN.
Fuck you very much.

10:08 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

*disingenuous tosh* - you're being polite! Absolute utter garbage that's an insult to our intelligence.

A bloody PO Box number is a bloody PO Box number, and that's where to put the package. What's the name on it got to do with anything.

And they're going to fight the fire with petrol - "Inform companies of employees they suspect of using business postal facilities for private material." So the overworked, harrassed, confused sorting staff will not only have to sort it by box number, they'll have to work out which item is private and which is company. How the hell are they going to do that, open each piece?

Oh, and by the way Emirates Post, this obviously comes as a surprise to you but the companies already know that their employees use the company PO Box.

I also liked the part of their overall plan that says they will Create more convenient private PO boxes so people will have little excuse not to get one.
How about a few more Post Offices anyway, especially around New Dubai. And how about improving the existing ones from the slums that they are.

The story begins with Emirates Post is launching a blitz on abuse of the postal service in a bid to stop important business documents from getting lost or delayed.
It's not abuse and it's not the reason stuff is lost or delayed. That's down to incompetence.

1:11 pm  
Blogger CG said...

I pay Dh.150 every year for my post box. So much of my mail is lost annually that I prefer to use my Fedex account for anything that might annoy me if it got lost. I also receive mail for the same box number as mine, but it might say Fujeirah or problem...they just put it in Dubai instead.

I get a ton of mail that belongs in the next box to mine....maybe they thought I was deprived so they gave me my neighbours mail.

All in all, I would say that their service is about on par with Eatshite.

1:43 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

same here CG; once we got a letter for a very similar PO box number, and it turned out to be someone we knew by complete chance!

seabee: they already open all packages as far as i'm concerned; anything from amazon (at least when I was there) is sent to the Karama office, they x-ray it (i'm left to assume it's also x-ray'd before it even makes it into the post office in the first place, then if its from amazon they open it; if they don't like it they send a confiscation notice ffs.


almost as bad as Etisalat.

2:22 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

Sam, yes, I'm sure they already 'inspect' anything that looks as though it might have a dvd or video in it...

The box marked "Unknown Mail" at the Post Office is the one with the most items in it - I always get a handful of stuff for other people in my box. I wonder what they do with all that? Re-deliver it or in the big black bag d'you reckon?

2:35 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

Actually, when I think about it, I paid Dh220 for my box. The form said Dh150, the guy behind the desk said "No, that's for renewal, not a new box" and the receipt says Rent 150, Key Fees 20 (I only have one key) and a mysterious "Resist. Fees" 50

I wonder where the quoted Dh300 comes from? A price hike?

2:39 pm  
Anonymous Mme Cyn said...

Funny. When I came here eight years ago, I (and the other 100 people who were hired at the same time) was told that we MUST use the company mail box. Go figure.

(Keefieboy -- Hello to your BetterArf. You two should come down to the DDG social some 2nd Saturday of the month-- like tonight).

9:58 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Mme Cyn: we might just do that? The Dive?

10:14 am  
Blogger J. Edward Tremlett said...

"Funny. When I came here eight years ago, I (and the other 100 people who were hired at the same time) was told that we MUST use the company mail box. Go figure."

I seem to recall that!


5:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent smoked salmon in two different packages needless to say none made it. Strange but true the calenders made it through the Dubai postal smell taste and sniff test. Never again will I send anything of value to an outrageous priced postal system which is clearly flawed.

8:15 am  
Blogger Zahras Jewelry said...

Someone help me out - what is the procedure to get a mailbox in Dubai? Are the instructions on-line somewhere?

What if I dont have a residency visa on my passport? Do I qualify?

Are there any near the Dubai Marina?

10:36 pm  

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