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well in Dubai it is:shocked: Members of the public using websites, internet forums and social media to “name and shame” bad drivers and businesses offering bad customer service have been warned by Dubai Police that doing so is a crime that warrants a jail term of up to years and a fine of up to AED 20,000 (£3,320), according a report in yesterday’s The National newspaper. As public reviews on websites such as tripadvisor.com, blogs and online discussion forums have increased in popularity, the idea of naming and shaming, popular in Australia, has caught on to some extent in the UAE. A year ago, property developer Emaar said it was going to publish the names of residents at its projects who failed to pay their service fees on time, while the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) announced in May this year that it would be naming restaurants and food outlets that faced closure due to unhygienic conditions. Yesterday’s warning from Dubai Police was prompted after an anonymous Dubai resident, said to be a British expatriate, set up vigilante website Dubainameshame.com and Twitter account @DubaiNameShame three months ago for members of the public to post pictures or report number plates of cars whose drivers were breaking the law through bad driving or inconsiderate parking. The concept – to act as a deterrent for those who didn’t want to see their number plate publicised and to publicly shame those who continued to break the law – was born out of a genuine desire to make Dubai’s roads safer, and it caught on quickly with people Tweeting number plates of bad drivers and uploading pictures of cars hogging two parking spaces or parked in disabled bays. It was, however, a concept that laid itself wide open to abuse. Dubai Police, who are actively battling to reduce the number of road deaths in the emirate from 7.11 per 100,000 in 2010 to zero by 2020, have asked that, instead of publicly naming and shaming reckless drivers, members of the public report incidences to them directly via Twitter, email or on a dedicated telephone hotline to allow them to investigate directly. The person behind DubaiNameShame has backed down gracefully in the face of the law. The Twitter page now runs a statement saying, “Due to legal reasons we will not be able to tweet any further ‘shame’ tweets!” while the website runs an apology of sorts: “Sadly due to an unforeseen UAE law it has come to my attention that publishing pictures of bad, inconsiderate drivers on the internet through Twitter or any other site is illegal, with this in mind and in order to ensure I follow and respect the laws of the UAE, this site will now be closed while it is redesigned to promote news and events in Dubai and the UAE.” He continues, “I believe DubaiNameShame was making a positive impact into promoting safer driving but that said I also believe Dubai Police are undertaking some very good awareness programs and initiatives that will lead to a safer environment for us all.” Let’s hope.
Just wondering how do you guys named the scanned documents that should be email to ASPC? is there any specific abbreviation/name that we need to give the the respective document? i've just found out this problem after i've email my scanned docs to ASPC in Generic naming, such as "xxx_passport" for my passport details, "xxx_IELTS" for my IELTS result, "xxx_birth_certificate" for my birth certificate and so on. i did received the confirmation email from ASPC that i've attached my docs and they have received them successfully. should i worry about this?
Ok, just about had enough. We used xxxxxxx from the UK to ship our belongings over. They then used yyyyyyyyyyy on this side to deliver our goods. Firstly we paid for the sole use of a 20ft container. Our stuff arrived in oz in a shared 40ft container. We found out on the day we were leaving for oz that yyyyyyyy was the firm who would be delivering our goods. When we paid the bill beforehand we were told a different company altogether would be delivering our goods at this end. When our goods did eventually turn up from yyyyyyyyy, the two delivery guys arrived and low and behold they had somebody elses inventory. How hard can it be to deliver a container to a customer without checking name and address agreeing with the inventory. After they unloaded all our belongings we had a flat screen tv scratched on the face, a broken bed, broken chest of drawers, numerous pieces of broken crockery (some old 'willow' china plates as well) and items missing including pans, toy boxes etc. 3 months have now gone by and we're still no further on. Have received only vague emails saying 'yeah, we'll chase it for you' but nothing substantial. We're now wondering whether it's time to get the ombudsman involved. We personally wouldn't recommend either of these companies. eddie:sad: