Hey James. I’ve seen so many guys leaving the nozzle hung on to the gas tank thinking it ll hold it … and bam it fell off …so I d Say they need tobe trained and gas stations didn’t do a good job there in teaching them how to do that
Dont worry about lack of self-service. It takes you 5 seconds when you step into self-service environment. To figure it out. You are overthinking it.
I can barely get the car to the station right, let alone fill it by myself. XD
It’s WAY more of a blessing than a curse (everyone benefits) but still, we’re like babies, we need to gain more independence ASAP.
Also, by the way WE DO have self check in at Dubai Airport!! (It’s called Electronic check in, I guess?)
9 years in dubai and none of ironing done at home any more:)
Things don’t just get done. We pay for every service. It s not a question of complacency. Its a question of social responsibility.
This is why we live here! Allan
Hi James, A lot of people like me are not used to self service, for instance at a filling station. I am from India and we dont have that concept back home…Anand
Absolutely agree that we should be filling our fuel ourselves. Funny how I once got a talking down by a Pump attendant for attempting to fill up myself while he was at another pump. Shelton
And yes, I did know what I was doing with the pump!
Guys… If we were to rationalise the uae and have the population doing the stuff that people do on their own in Europe.
As well as stopping to overstaff empty shop on weekdays I think the real estate market would crash cause 1 millions people would go back to their country.
I know a guy that catches rides with people because he needs to ‘fix’ his car. He has no gas
I’ve had that conversation with friends. We all agreed that car washing and the laundry for shirts were keeper.
Some thought weekly or by monthly maid were useful too.
But we are all shocked off the plastic bag guys, petrol station ans so on…
Even after 5-10 years living here.
Learned to drive in dubai 8 years ago and still never put petrol in a car!!
The difference is that the people doing that back in Europe still can rent their house and sometime have a car and all.
Here those people live 8 in a rooms. Work 26-30 days a month ans are paid peanuts.
Hey James, keep your hair on ;). It wouldn’t be so exciting if you has to do it everyday :). But I agree with you pumping your gas is something the young need to learn. For real achievement you might wana give up the outsourced ironed shirts ;).
While growing up in the 80’s in Dubai we didn’t really have maids those jobs were done by our parents and as kids we shared the jobs. Many of us didn’t even get pocket money for it.
Hi. My brother in LA said he and friends took 3 days to assemble the complicated fbedroom furniture set. Here the guys came and assembled in a couple of hours .
I am suggesting that it is time that we measured the success of media based on not only the number of customers reached but by the quality of that interaction.
Listeners, SMS, calls, downloads, Facebook shares, periscope watches… all of this has to be factored into audience engagement not just the time of day a program is broadcast.
Of course I have a self interest in this exercise as a radio show presenter but this has also been the catalyst for working on the creation and delivery of a metric for accurately measuring and quantifying the value of customer engagement.
Social media has changed the game of information sharing and is in the long game process of re-formatting not only how information media work but how the content they rely on is gathered.
One of the tools that I have just started to experiment with is periscope.
I have to admit I love the look and feel and the story!
Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.
If you have had a chance to listen to TechTalk, the program I do with Andrew Thomas the MD of Nexa, you will have a leg up on how to start thinking about these 2 tools and why Andrew is leaning towards Periscope.
The problem with both of these streaming tools is that at the moment they are ONLY Apple iOS friendly.
Fortunately I use an iPad so I do get to get in on the fun.
How it all works is you need to download the appropriate app and it will link to your twitter account to let people know what is happening, but to view the content you need the appropriate app, in my case Periscope.
I turned on the app and it asks for a title, put in a few hashtags and you are broadcasting with notifications in twitter and interaction if you like!
I like the fact that the video can be saved to your camera roll if you like, creating other opportunities to share!
So, what we learned from an early attempt on the show is the video can only be shot in portrait, well with an iPad anyway!
Recently, as you may or may not know a small group of us, Paul Kelly, Haifa Al Rasheed and myself have kicked off CreativeMornings Dubai.
What I love about the CreativeMornings adventure is that it is an hour long, in the morning, hyper focused around the creative community and monthly. Time, topic and format are 3 huge issues in my book and things that have prevented me from attending other events.
What is also interesting about the CreativeMornings organisation is they are fully aware that others might look at what they are doing and say hey great idea but I want to go it alone so they are happy to say look, listen and create!
Marcus Smith at Innerfight has done just that and created his own monthly speaking series, at 8am on the last Thursday of the month.
InnerTalks kicked off on Jan 29th in Dubai. A huge thanks to all who attended the event.
Below is the audio file of the talks which is also available as a podcast download in itunes and also on stitcher. The video versions of the talks will be live very soon and will appear on this page.
InnerTalks will be held on the final Thursday of each month at InnerFight from 8am-9am. We invite anyone who would like to speak to contact us so we can schedule your talk, talks can be on any subject of your choice and can last for up to 10 minutes or even just 60 seconds. We really encourage everyone to share their experiences and learning in the attempt to inspire and motivate others around us. Please now mail us if you would like to talk at a future InnerTalks event.
I love the idea of sharing ideas and creating a mechanism to do so.
I hope we see more hyper-local sharing events in Dubai.