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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mobile Torture Devices

As promised, my post about Carrefour's infamous electrocuting trolleys.

The subject of Carrefour comes up quite regularly amongst Al Ainites. Why? Well, lets face it, if there is a place in this city where everyone goes, it's there. It's our biggest supermarket and still, on the whole, is the cheapest..although not as cheap as it used to be. (moan, whinge)

It's a common topic of conversation at Al Ain dinner parties:

"Oh this fois gras is delicious, where did you get it?
"Carrefour" ( a no brainer )
"Really? I'll have to look out for it next time I'm in there. Talking of
Carrefour, is it just me or does anyone else get electrocuted by the

Now, I'm talking about the old trolleys, the ones with the grey wheels that are a little bit wonky. Those are the ones you need to avoid. Unfortunately the rest of Al Ain knows this tip and if you visit on a Thursday night you have no choice. Well you do have a choice: starvation or electrocution. Carefully, you manoeuvre round the store, clinging on to the plastic handle as you can hear the static building up with every aisle. Touch that metal and wham!

The good news is that the UAE is bound for static-free shopping. Posted by Picasa



Blogger CG said...

You don't think they are going to give you caddies do you?

2/09/2006 09:41:00 am  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

That's why people take their maids/servants I guess.

2/12/2006 02:01:00 pm  
Blogger Sara said...


2/15/2006 12:15:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well that explains my electrocution every time I touch my daughter (who sits in the trolly seat)

2/21/2006 09:26:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well that explains my electrocution every time I touch my daughter (who sits in the trolly seat)

2/21/2006 09:26:00 am  
Anonymous Ladyface said...

why are there so many taxis in Al Ain? we went there for the first time today(the rain in Al ain falls mainly on ...the road back to Dubai) Anyway there seemed to be twice as many taxis as people also they behave like little orange and white pests, nipping and beeping everywhere....Any answers, Al Ain Taxi?
Our tour of the highlights of AA included a half hour in the horse and jockey, which I note crops up occasionally in your blog, how deeply deeply odd that place is.

2/23/2006 08:49:00 pm  
Blogger moryarti said...

talk about an electrifying shopping experience :)

3/01/2006 08:33:00 pm  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Hi Ladyface,

Sorry for the delay. I was just reading through comments on older posts and found you.

There are many Al Ain Taxis, but only one Al Ain Taxi blog- ha ha. No, joking aside, things are going to change on that front. The reason that there are so many taxis is that they are a money spinner for the locals that sponsor them. For example, each taxi driver has to pay 1800 AED+ each month to their sponsor. The more taxis that a sponsor has the more money. Also, there are agencies in the NWFP of Pakistan and in Afganistan that have a waiting list of guys wanting to come and work in the Gulf as drivers. The problem is that there are too many taxis chasing too few passengers. That doesn't bother the sponsors who get their 'rent' money come hell or high-water. What happens is after the driver has paid rent on the taxi, rent on his room, petrol, repairs, food for himself and bills then it doesnt leave much to send home. Read Grapeshisha for more on the future of the Al Ain and Abu Dhabi taxis.

3/04/2006 05:24:00 pm  
Blogger MD said...

lolll @ 3ainawi carrefour :P

4/19/2006 12:54:00 pm  
Blogger GMJ said...

haha i thought it was just me!

4/22/2006 08:55:00 am  

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