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Sheikh Mohammed launches UAE Pioneers

The UAE Pioneers initiative recognising leaders of progress in the society has been launched for its second edition, ahead of the 44th National Day.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, called on the community to nominate “creative citizens” serving their country through their ideas and visions.

“This initiative is an effort to thank and honour these creative citizens who have left their imprints in the UAE’s progressive march, and their contributions will always be appreciated by the people of this country,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

Forty-three people were honoured last year, including the first doctor, inventor, professor, broadcaster, policewoman and other personalities, he said.

“By honouring the pioneers, we want to inspire in every person in the UAE the quest to attain the first position in their field of work and specialisation.

“We want to immortalise their names in history just as they have immortalised the name of the UAE through their work.”

The initiative is part of the National Day celebrations on December 2. Emiratis can nominate themselves or others as pioneers in areas including education, health, the economy, military, sport and innovation.

Click here to nominate for UAE Pioneers

Buying an iPhone 3GS with du eShop in Dubai

add issues to lifeSince the launch of iPhone 3GS by Apple I was waiting for this day. I was really excited to hear that iPhone 3GS was coming to Dubai through du.

Du announced that iPhone can be booked online with their online shopping portal with a booking fee of 200 Dirhams. So I made the online booking on 17th October 2009. I got a confirmation email about the booking and it stated I would receive another email by end of the month for completing the booking.

On 26th October 2009 I got an email from du that I can complete my order by paying the rest of the amount from their online eShop from 27th October 2009 midnight. So I went online at midnight and completed my order by paying the rest of the amount. I got an confirmation email that I should get the delivery in 3 to 5 working days. Today is the fifth working day and still I have no information about my phone delivery.

Yesterday I called up support to check the status of my order. They told me to email customer care. I emailed them to check my status. End of day I received a response from them

Dear Imthiaz Rafiq:

Thank you for shopping online with du.
Please note that our courier will reattempt the delivery in the next 24 hours.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at

e-Shop Team

I checked my order detail and found a tracking number for Aramex. I called up Aramex and found that there is no documents with that tracking number. Wow!!! my shipment does not exist !!!!!!

Now I found that I can buy the unit directly from Du at Dubai Media City in building 14. This is the building right across my office. I am seriously thinking what the hell !!! Why did I do this booking by paying 200 Dirhams in advance, still waiting and no proper response from du customer support 🙁

Update: Just after I made this blog post I got my iPhone delivered. Thanks du for making our iPhone dream come true 🙂

iPhone 3GS delivered by du

Connected to my iTunes and everything is smooth so far 😀

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