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Dubai Driving License – A tough ask even for experienced drivers

When I came to UAE I heard much negative news about difficulties in getting driving license. After spending couple of months I decided to go for it as I was confident since I was driving for more than 20 years. First of all I surveyed regarding available training institutes and found three of the following as reliable and having good market reputation.

1-      Emirates Driving Institute

2-      Belhasa Driving Institute

3-      Galadari Driving Institute

You may see most of the training vehicles of above mentioned companies on the road. Since I was working in Al-Qusais area, I had equal reach to all of the above due their yards/facilities located nearby. Even then, I preferred Belhasa which was having a branch office fairly close to my office. The other reason behind selection was one of my neighbor who claimed that he got license in his first test attempt.

After taking admission, I was very upset for almost a month as my classes were not scheduled because of unavailability of instructor/vehicle on my required timeslot. Although Belhasa staff members Rahul and Ashis were very cooperative, but it took almost 4 weeks to initiate classes.

When I reached Belhasa’s training facility on first day of theory class, I was impressed with the number of vehicles and covered area of the facility. Instructors were smart and delivered lectures with utmost dedication.

After theory class, I was told to appear in a signal test which was taken on PC the next day with MCQ style questions. I passed that quite easily as the concepts and road signs and symbols were amply taught in theory class.

My classes were finally schedule and my Instructor was Mr. Sher Ali Khan who was a fairly nice guy with lot of patience and dedication. I faced difficulty only because I had vast experience of driving Right Hand Drive cars but here I had to switch my mind to Left Hand Drive. Furthermore, Dubai is a very difficult city to drive car due to extreme high speed traffic sometimes running around  80 – 120 Kmh requiring extreme perfection from driver. Roads are well marked and signs are fairly visible everywhere. With not so strict background, you need to tune yourself to full law abiding driver.

I must say that my trainer was excellent as he spent a lot of time on key areas which were necessary for passing tests. After taking approx. 30 classes I passed internal road test and was ready for first RTA Test,

Believe me, I was so confident that I would make it in first go, but all those who were giving test with me ware saying that it is impossible as this is not the habit of RTA to pass in first attempt. When I went for test I was happy that all was going well but suddenly I made a silly mistake due to my background of Right Hand Driving, and the instructor immediately told to stop the car. I failed the first attempt and was scratching my head because of such a stupid mistake.

After taking additional classes as per rule, I was again ready for second attempt. This time I was too cautious and again failed because test taker was not happy about my extreme caution and slow speed. Now I started to think that people were correct about stories of 7 to 8 attempts.

I took a last chance and once again started training as per rule. This time I told my instructor to just concentrate on nearby areas of the yard as the test takers roam around area of 1 to 2 km and I need to be perfect in these areas. I spent plenty of time in nearby areas and was finally ready for my third attempt.

On the test day I was praying that this time test taker should be a good one who can give ample driving time to me. Luckily this time I tried to be composed and did what was told and maintained my speed as per road instructions. I was told at the end of the test that I had cleared the same. I was very happy that in minimal attempts as per Dubai standards, I managed to get driving license which is absolutely necessary for such a large and stretched city.

I would like to thank Belhasa staff especially Ashis and Rahul and above others, my instructor Mr. Sher Ali Khan for helping and guiding me.

January 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Regime against Shahid Afridi is active – PCB Chairman and Selection Committee – Pathetic Corrupt Biased (PCB)

Even an ordinary person can confirm that the chairman PCB is nothing but a problem maker. He has no vision and no plan as the players in which Afridi had confidence were not included just to eliminate him as a captain of Pakistani World Cup Squad. Afridi asked for Shoaib Malik and had faith in Fawad Alam and Shahzeb but none of these were included in the team which indicates that they don’t care about captain’s concern.

This is clear evidence that PCB never started world cup preparation and still undergoing experiments. I must say that all corruption and grouping is sponsored by PCB and now they have got another rubber stamp selector.

Protesting against PCB Chairman is useless as we are full of corrupt people around who cannot think anything positive. All we can do is pray for the better future and a reasonable world cup. The only hope for a disappointed nation was cricket and these jokers are making fun of it.

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Sports | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Star Debutant Cricketers of Pakistan – We must respect these players and give fair chances to prove their mettle.

Star Debutant Cricketers of Pakistan – We must respect these players and give fair chances to prove their mettle..

January 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Cricket | Leave a comment

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – Prediction for Team and Individual Performances

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – Prediction for Team and Individual Performances.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – Prediction for Team and Individual Performances

With ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 fast approaching, analysts and followers are expecting high quality cricket. I must say that all teams are geared up and will perform up to the mark. Apart from cricket minnows, all front line teams will be producing close contests for all cricket fans.

As I predicted final four, I would like to predict top performers too. May be there are some signals coming from my sixth sense, but believe me I am seriously predicting good performances from following players.

Batting

  • MS Dhoni
  • Younus Khan
  • Jacques Kallis

Bowling

  • Sohail Tanveer
  • Bret Lee
  • Harbajan Singh

Master Blasters (Maximum Boundaries)

  • Abdul Razzak
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Grame Smith

Lowest Scores of the tournament

  • Canada
  • Bangladesh
  • New Zealand

Highest Scores of the tournament

  • West Indies
  • Australia
  • India

Fair Playing teams

  • England
  • Bangladesh
  • Zimbabwe

Fastest Balls of the Tournament

  • Shoaib Akhter
  • Bret Lee

More predictions are coming so stay tuned.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Sports | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – ICC’s Prime Event

Prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – ICC’s Prime Event.

January 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – ICC’s Prime Event

My prediction for cricket world cup 2011 published on 20th December 2010 was not accepted by most of the readers and got some fairly bad response from Indian supporters, but the ground realities are shaping up to convince critics about it. Now people are taking this prediction seriously.

Final Four – Sri Lanka – England – Pakistan – South Africa

I recently saw a good presentation which I wish to share for our players and people of my country who are very disturbed these days due to lot many problems. I wish our team bring glory to a fractured nation.

Must watch this.. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=190003047678861

For reference please read my detailed post regarding ICC Cricket World Cup 2011  https://aamiransari.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/my-prediction-final-four-of-icc-cricket-world-cup-2011/

January 17, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, Sports | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Unrest in Baluchistan – Immediate steps needed

There is no second opinion that the province of Baluchistan was never given its due share on the basis of its extreme natural resources. Being a Pakistani I really feel bad when we take benefit of Sui Gas but majority of Baluchistan is deprived of this natural resource getting out of its land and benefiting rest of Pakistan.

The excuse given by our rules from last many decades is baseless and clear injustice. Our beloved province need a fair share and could have been turned in to a highly developed province. As a Pakistani, I should raise voice for my fellow brothers. The current unrest and law and order situation can be dealt with rapid pace of development and more logical implementation of rules to compensate losses to our deprived province.

If still our rules give cold shoulder to long debated rights of Baluchistan, we might see another displeasing episode like Bangladesh. Its better late than never, we should come up with a logical and acceptable solutions to the problems of Baluchistan in extreme urgent mode.

1-      All leaders involved in separatist movements must be given pardon and offer control of their respective areas under new agreement that they will surely cooperate with government in developing modern villages and small cities where amenities will be available especially gas and electricity. These cities and developed areas should be in the central location of each territory where these leaders should ensure that maximum people migrate to these towns/villages. This will ensure government to distribute gas pipelines and electrical connections easily.

2-      All registered citizens should be offered special rates of gas and electricity which should be far lower than other provinces. Gas cylinder distribution network should be established for areas not accessible through gas lines.

3-      Special task force should be formed to compensate losses occurred due to military operations and other anti-terror activities.

4-      This should be ensured that maximum number of Baluchis are appointed in Sui and Gawadar with special training given to cover any short comings.

5-      All lands allotments should be fair and impartial with top priority to Baluch residents.

6-      Special seats for Baluchi students should be announced immediately in all major universities of Pakistan, with special fee and incentives given. Furthermore, a campaign should be launched to invite all corporates to sponsor at least 10 students of the whole country, especially from Baluchistan for full free education.

7-      Province of Baluchistan should be given due share and royalty of all resources explored and being used by Federal Government.

8-      Immediate recruitment of Baluchistan’s youths in Army in fair number to counter future unrest and anti-state activities.

All above immediate measures if taken seriously can buy time for Government to settle unrest in the province that may lead to greater separatist movements. We all love our country and want to be fair with our fellow citizens. I hope that the Government of Pakistan will take immediate steps to counter anti state elements who seems to be gaining strength in recent days by destroying gas supply lines regularly.

January 14, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In search of a true leader for Pakistan

When we talk about leader we merely think of a public figure who is charismatic and good speaker. A person who can mold hearts and minds and can hypnotized his/her followers. We all should come out of this illusion now as we spent lot of time on such type of leaders who present dreams and drag us to follow them to reach the reality without any concrete plan or track.

Pakistan as a nation has seen lot many respectable leaders who were clean, clear and undisputed. Leaders who were part of Pakistan movement were of prime level and we have not seen any of such level after they were criminally eliminated from the scene.

Now we should put forward our demands which can be formed as a concrete document. This document can be used as a checklist for our leaders in next elections. If they fail to convince us, then we should give vote to only those who commit themselves to this checklist.

I invite all of you to contribute in making a comprehensive document to bring back real Pakistan in front of the world.

January 14, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment