Saturday, 12 January 2008

Possibly Not The Best Start to 2008

I've waited a while before I wrote this particular article 'cos it bloody annoys me!

We got back from South Africa in the early hours of last Saturday (Jan 5th). On Sunday morning Mrs Dubaibilly was due back at work but I don't go back until tomorrow (Sunday the 13th).

So the morning of Sunday the 6th of Jan saw me driving Mrs DB to work as I needed the car that day. It was about 20 past 8 and Mrs DB said something about needing to get in early as there would be loads to do.

~ a bit of background for you: Mrs DB was offered the opportunity to start a brand new travel agency up in Dubai about 3 years ago. Since then she has worked ridiculous hours (often 7:30 am to 7:30 pm) trying to make this venture work. The agency now has 4 full time travel consultants, an accountant, a driver and a turnover of 8.5 million dirhams per year and is growing. ~

So, as I said, she was keen to get in and get started. About 10 am she called me and I could tell that she was very upset. The two owners of the company (a guy from New Zealand and his English wife) called her into the boardroom and told her they were closing the company and wanted everybody out by the 20th of January when the got back from their skiing trip.

No thank you for trying.

No sorry.

No fucking nothing.

Just we are closing and want everyone gone by the time we get back from our skiing holiday.

Nice people, eh.

Mrs Dubaibilly, at the tender age of 57 is now looking for work and our home in Skopelos hangs on her getting it.


Marion said...

That's awful what a way to treat someone.
Hope things work out for you both.
Our daughter worked in a travel agents in Chesham, Bucks (part of a chain). She loved the job but it was hardwork.
Don't give up on Skopelos yet.

Mars said...

welcome to the stinking world of dubai. btw, can't your wife take legal action?

Keefieboy said...

Eeh buggery bollocks.

MamaDuck said...

God Almighty! What a pair! Poor Mrs D. All that work and then this?!

Put the word out, and there will be ears pricking all over town: with her excellent personal reputation she'll soon be snapped up by another company. Big hug to her and C, and commiserations to all.

Jayne said...

That's bloody disgusting really - buggery bollocks indeed. Here's hoping Mrs DB gets snapped up by another agency/employer soon.