Thursday, February 08, 2007

No One Wants the Truth Anymore.......


Last month, , Gulf News, 7Days and Khaleej Times agreed on posting the same piece of news in different titles : like UAE offers hope for injured Iraqi children , Police team visits 55 Iraqi kids in the hospital . However I could not find 7 days article after I sent them an email asking them to publish the bad and good not just the good.
I would not doubt the credibility of the news, however I believe that if you want to be honest you should show both sides. I noticed that UAE media is always keen on showing the bright face of UAE while dumping all the bad things away and making sure no one knows about them unless a scandal takes place. I do not know the real reasons for that but I reckon it is all for the foreign investors and big companies to make UAE looks like the flawless country that everyone in the
world is dreaming of.
One of the articles was saying:

Major Al Kaabi said the visit was a humanitarian initiative taken by the
Abu Dhabi Police that embodied a sense of solidarity and sympathy for the injured. It also symbolised Islamic values and Muslim unity, he added.


In another you read:

"It's a humanitarian message we are sending to our brothers in Iraq;
that we feel what they are feeling and that we have been and still are with them,"


First of all, Islamic values and Muslim unity do not exist and you do not need to wait for Iraqis to get injured and handicapped until you decide to take them to UAE and show the whole world how good muslims you are helping our children. The conditions that Iraqis are living are known for the whole world and it is just a disgrace for Arabs that it is being used as publicity materials.
I wish I can thank you for taking care of our children but the words are not coming out of my mouth for I know the purpose behind such news.

Iraqis are being rejected in UAE and let me remind you that those Iraqis who are being rejected were coming to UAE for the good job opportunities that UAE provides, to work hard and to earn their living. They are going to UAE escaping from a horrible situation that no country has gone through in the whole history.

I ask you now, why you do not publish about the closed doors in Iraqi faces. You can go to the Iraqi Business Council or you can go interview the Iraqis living in UAE and see how they got there and how they are forced to live and sometimes work on a visit visa for you do not want to give Iraqis residencies, or even better idea try to pay a visit to the labor ministry and see the piles of rejected visas of Iraqis, especially Iraqi college graduates.

Iraqi women are a NO-Way thing for UAE and my story is a living proof for that along with hundreds of other Iraqi women who are not even given a visit visa. I do not think that Iraqi women are more dangerous than those women of other nationality who are allowed to enter UAE without one single problem, to work in the nightclubs or in the escorting companies all over UAE. I know there are Iraqi gipsy dancers (Kawaliya) but guess what, those are sponsored directly and face no hassle since they are one of the many flavors that the UAE society needs.
Is the above Islamic?

The snap shot was taken and the news was heard by everyone so you have had what you wanted.

I was in contact with one of the above newspaper's reporters and after exchanging 12 emails and one phone call he was still not digesting the whole matter. He refused to read my blog for some reason and after 3 minutes on the phone he ended up the phone call after insisting for days to talk to me. I am sorry I did not give you the image that you were looking for to make UAE even more beautiful. Good luck with that, I am sure you will find plenty other things to talk about.
It seems that the matter of Iraqis not being allowed in UAE in general is being covered in a very good way that no one would believe what is really happening One of the matters that cover the issue that you can find many Iraqis who live in UAE but no one question how they got there first place to know the difficulties.

17 Comments:

At 2:37 PM, Blogger chikitita said...

No media in the world shows the ugly face of their country, so typical.

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger secretdubai said...

What exactly prevented you from getting a job in the UAE? Did employers refuse to hire you specifically because you were Iraqi?

I know many Iraqis that work here, men and women, most of the ones I know work in media.

The UAE doesn't generally allow anyone to just come here, visas are tied to jobs or holidays. The escort women that you mention are either on illegal visit visas (which they renew every few months) or they are on visas for non-existent "shop jobs" but actually work as prostitutes.

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Rejected said...

On the contrary , I didn’t find any difficulty finding a job and being hired but the authorities did not allow the company to give me residency even though the company was a British reputed company. When another company tried to hire me, again the same thing happened and they even refused to grant me a visit visa sponsored by that company.
There are Iraqis who work in UAE but they either have non-Iraqi passports or were given residencies by their good contacts or they were in UAE before 2003.
Iraqi women are not accepted and even when I went to the UAE embassy in Baghdad and asked about it they denied there was a problem accepting Iraqis but the reality says different things.

90% of the people who try to get to UAE get rejected.

When you ask people why against Iraqi women? They would tell you that Iraqi women have bad reputation in UAE while when I was in Dubai I did not find the quite "Islamic" society they are trying to protect. Besides, the Iraqi prostitutes have no problems getting to UAE sponosred by wealthy locals.

Since the war and Arab countries are closing the doors in our faces and UAE was the first one but they keep covering it up for some reason. At least other countries say it out loud.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Rejected said...

"90% of the people who try to get to UAE get rejected"

I meant 90% of the Iraqis.

 
At 2:52 AM, Blogger Erin said...

rej,

I've been reading your riveting story for the past forty minutes. I am really cheering for you and hoping everything will work out for you somehow.

Are there any other countries you can look to move to that are outside of the middle east? Like in Europe or America? Do you have relatives that live in other countries who might be able to help?

 
At 3:35 AM, Blogger Rejected said...

Thank you Erin for your nice wishes.

I thought about the European countries who are opening the asylum doors for Iraqis but that is risky for I don't want to get out of here safely and leave my old parents in this hell hole. I thought it would be easier to get them to an Arab country after I settle down there. I'm afraid if I start trying on western countries I would lose them before I even see them again.

 
At 4:28 AM, Blogger A&Eiraqi said...

Dear accepted

I really wish you get out soon, Believe me it's worthless to work in U.A.E, I'm not against them , but those people don't respect anyone apart from themselves , I beliebve that people in U.A.E are better than other Khalijis , maybe they're the best , still they believe that they have money so they can buy anything even humans.

My uncle works there we had to pay good sum of money with wasta to get him the viesa a year ago, he is an engeneer with experience from Italy , he found a job , yet he hasn't got a settelment and he is unable to live there with his family, moreover he is even unable to buy a mobile sim card himself.

Think about another country , European countries which give assylum are much better and you can help your old parents.
Abrabic countries will never help us

Regards

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Rejected said...

UAE for me is no more a hope but I couldn't let go of it without exposing those hypocrites liars.

 
At 11:28 PM, Blogger Dubai Media Observer said...

There is a good reason why the UAE doesn't allow Iraqis to easily enter the country. There are a lot of counterfeit passports. There are lots of people who have money (money that belongs to the Iraqi people) who are leaving the country to spend it elsewhere. These people are the ones who should be locked away.

Now, having said that, we employ 3 Iraqi's in our company. We don't have a problem with Iraqi's. We didn't have problems processing their residence visas either. So, quit bitching.

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Rejected said...

Typical..

Mashallah 3al mastawa al3ali. Ahlak rabouk zen walla.

You have three people that UAE accepted, god knows what wastas and contact they have, but I can bring you 300 people who UAE did not accept.

Does UAE check the backgrounds of the people who buy properties in UAE other than its locals? No..Don't spread BS for UAE and all other Arab countries will welcome any money from anyone.

Baie3 sharaf brasi 3ood.

 
At 1:12 AM, Blogger Dubai Media Observer said...

Rejected,

I don't understand why you think the UAE or any other country (Arab or otherwise) owes you anything. This feeling of self-entitlement is a problem a lot of minorities worldwide and Arabs (even though majorities in their own communities) seem to have an abundance of.

Nobody owes you anything. Quit trying to be a victim and get up, do something.

I'm not a UAE citizen, but for the life of me, I cannot see why the UAE should open its borders to Iraqi's (or any other nationality) unless it is in the country's national interest.

Have you had a look around the world to see what the Iraqi's are doing out there? You have a good number of thugs and thieves, hustlers and gangsters.. out there. It certainly hasn't been helping the reputation of Iraqi's. Does that mean they're all bad? Absolutely not. But it only takes a few rotten apples to mess it up for everyone else.

The UAE has afforded ME and many people like myself opportunities that would have otherwise been impossible anywhere in the Arab world (including my own country). It wasn't easy.. and it's not without red-tape. But if you keep victimizing yourself, you're not going to get anywhere in life.

 
At 2:16 AM, Blogger Rejected said...

I have no clue why you are considering it “Victimizing”. Or that “I” demand anything from any Arab country!! Why don’t you consider it stating facts or exposing the truth or even stating my own point view instead? That’s if you even read the story from the beginning which is something I doubt.

It is not me who is saying that we are all brothers and sisters and that kind of BS for I do not believe in it all. I believe you can reach your goals with your own qualifications. You should direct all that to the newspapers instead of attacking me accusing me of lying or as you put it with your obvious high manners “Bitching”..

Before you make your judgments try to know more about those people you are accusing or attacking, try to know more about the circumstances they are surrounded by or how they were treated before you go around insulting them. This blog covers a lot of Iraqis who happen to be hard workers who would deserve a chance outside their country, just like you. It is not only about me as you took it. I am sorry but you show a lot of ignorance.

 
At 3:05 PM, Blogger Rejected said...

Dear Ayad, thanks for passing by and leaving a comment. I tried to email you but could not find an email to use and since I do not have your approval I could not publish the comment which I think was meant to be an email.

I thank you very much for your concern and believe me if I was in your shoes I would be as grateful as you are. I have a couple of friends who left to UAE and settled down with jobs before things in Iraq get escalated and they both managed to have their families with them. Many other girls that I know who are the same as me, single with no brother or father with residency in UAE were kicked out of UAE or even never allowed to work there.

Thank you for offering your help, I really appreciate it but I would rather stay in a war zone and get killed on trying one more time with UAE.

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger Leo70 said...

Regards,

I am a living proof myself to what you are saying. I am an Iraqi who entered the UAE in 1999 and have been working there for 7 years..that is from (1999 - 2006) as a translator in a reputed translation office in Abu Dhabi. I cancelled my visa in Oct.2006 because I was offered a job in Abu Dhabi Equestrian Federation and I am saying "cancelled" cause my former employer wouldn't give me a visa transfer and after my new employer "the Federation" showed me a letter of approvel to my appointment signed by Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa. I went to Jordan to wait for my work permit, only to be shocked by the news from the Federation that I was denied the visa. Now I have another offer from a private translation office in Dubai and have applied for the visa four times but they were all denied. On what basis, am asking, are they rejecting my visa? I have been in the UAE long ago even before the war and never entered Iraq ever since I left it in 1997. What danger do I pose? Why are they depriving us of our right to live and work just like any other Arab national living and working there. I say: "Please have mercy on us. Treat us like human beings. Prove that you are standing along with your brethren in their time of ordeal and prove that you are the country you claim to be!" I would like to ask here why the UAE granted visas that can be issued in one hour only for the Lebanese last year during the latest Israli bombardment while denying Iraqis visas, despite the fact that they are suffering more at this time?

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Rejected said...

"Sigh"

I have no clue leo why we are being treated this way.

I understand that in Saddam's time it wasn't easy for us to get out of the country and we had difficulties with many other countries but Iraqi being dangerous and terrorists is completely new for us. These terms came along with the tanks and the so called freedom and democracy.

Please allow me to include your comment here in my next post along with my friends' stories.

I truly hope you'll find away out of this. Arab countries do not deserve our sweat.

 
At 1:12 AM, Blogger Munir said...

Actually it is difficult, if not impossible, for young Iraqi graduates whether male or female to get a UAE residence now. Those who were lucky (like me) to come to the UAE before the invasion have no problem getting jobs or moving up. However, most Iraqi who came to the UAE on visit visas are not able to get their work permit done even if they are admitted to positions with the UAE local or federal governments. I am talking about people with 10 years experience and higher education (MASters or PhD). I have first hand experience, since one of my cousins (with a PhD in Economics) found a job and could not get the residence. Another, a dentist with a higher degree in Prosthodontics had to return to Jordan because he could not get a residence here. A third (friend) is stilll working under cover with a visit visa after being denied residence three times. Howver, if you have a residence here, you can bring your parents now.
As for Europe or North America, no country so far is providing any assylum (that is including assylums for those who are working for the occupation forces)
Iraqis in Jordan are in a much more difficult situation since most are being rejected on the border

 
At 1:12 AM, Blogger Munir said...

Actually it is difficult, if not impossible, for young Iraqi graduates whether male or female to get a UAE residence now. Those who were lucky (like me) to come to the UAE before the invasion have no problem getting jobs or moving up. However, most Iraqi who came to the UAE on visit visas are not able to get their work permit done even if they are admitted to positions with the UAE local or federal governments. I am talking about people with 10 years experience and higher education (MASters or PhD). I have first hand experience, since one of my cousins (with a PhD in Economics) found a job and could not get the residence. Another, a dentist with a higher degree in Prosthodontics had to return to Jordan because he could not get a residence here. A third (friend) is stilll working under cover with a visit visa after being denied residence three times. Howver, if you have a residence here, you can bring your parents now.
As for Europe or North America, no country so far is providing any assylum (that is including assylums for those who are working for the occupation forces)
Iraqis in Jordan are in a much more difficult situation since most are being rejected on the border

 

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