Thursday, March 24, 2016

Never Trust Leader Relocations Service for an International Move from Dubai

Leader Relocations (Leader Pack) Review

So this is how you feel when your relocation services company messes up.
Photo by carvalho on Flickr

I had booked Leaders relocations to transport our personal goods from Dubai to Sydney in June 2015.

Several delays, loss of goods, and broken items may be a regular story for many international shipping companies. However, I was amazed to find that this shipping company has no control of the carton's when they are up for inspection at the custom's authority and if a box is lost, these people just put their hand's up saying what can we do. 

Here is the story

After several follow ups with the company on the delay of the shipment, I came to know that the ship had sailed few weeks later than the due date (June 2015), however we were never informed about the delay. The ship arrived later than the scheduled time as there was some delay while transiting.

We got all our goods in Sep 2015 except 1 carton which had 2 ovens and a quilt and some misc items
After investigation by the Leaders Team and their partners in Sydney it was found that the carton was never loaded from Dubai itself and was lost somewhere. The insurance company had rejected my claim as it is not more than the min fee of USD 250.

I had several exchanges with the company and below is a response from a senior consultant for the missing box: - 

Leaders Relocation's Dubai based consultant responded - "In regards to loading and shipping of your shipment/ packages, I am not sure how you came across the information that it was not loaded at our end. I am attaching the loading sheet from the day of loading in the container which clearly outlines what was loaded. However in regards to the box going missing, there are multiple places that container examination takes place where a box can be easily misplaced - During UAE Customs Exam, Australia Port Customs Exam and during the AQIS exam at the Australian Warehouse. There is no way of knowing where the box could have gone missing to be honest."

So if there is no way the company can know where the box is why are they in the business of movers and removals?

My response was as follows, "I had trusted Leaders Relocation company to carry our goods and deliver them. If the goods are held in customs does your contract say that you won't be responsible to locate them? The agent here in Australia informed me that they never got that box and it may have never reached Australia. Insurance is just an easy way for Leaders to shift responsibility to the customer. I agree that your compensation  is so low that it would not even buy a one time meal"

The Leaders Relocation person comes back with the most weird answer: - 

In regards to customs, it’s a bonded facility and our employees are not allowed inside Dubai Customs facility once we drop off the container for shipping. This is where the inspection takes place and at random packages can be removed and x-rayed and later stuffed back in the container. It’s possible that the box went missing here but by the time we get notification, 1-2 months have passed and it’s impossible to recover the item from customs as we have no influence there. It’s also possible that the box went missing at Australia Customs/ AQIS Exam. There is simply no way of knowing to be honest."

So there was no moral obligation of the company to compensate us, however they were happy to take the money upfront from us. 

I would never recommend such a company who doesn't own the problem and keep shifting it on other authorities.

Have you had a terrible experience with a mover, please feel free to comment. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

A List of New Year's Eve Dubai Events 2016

The Atlantis Royal Gala - The Most Exclusive New Year's Eve Party In Dubai

This Year's New Year's Eve Royal Gala held on the Atlantis Beach is going to be a celebration to rival all others. Book here
The evening begins at 7:30pm with canapes, champagne and welcome drinks in Asateer before the venue opens up at 8pm where a 30 piece live band kicks off the night's entertainment and plays through until 3:00am. The Bar will be open all night serving unlimited premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including free flowing champagne.
On the menu is a luxury buffet serving everything from Lobster and Caviar through to Shawarmas and Fajitas, there will also be live cooking stations as well as children friendly buffet stations.


The last day of the year deserves the best of food, friends and family. Make it one to remember by joining us for a night of celebrations – from lavish buffet dinners, magical live performances, exquisite set menus and extravagant after-parties with views of the iconic Dubai fireworks, we have set the stage for the perfect welcome to 2016. Click here to book.

NYE celebrations can go on till the wee hours of the morning and Mahec offers you a VIP five-star dinner/early breakfast celebration like no other. With Bollywood beats of DJ Sucorro, indulge in authentic Indian cuisine and house beverages. Dance through the night in a grand 2016 welcome.

Location Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre Cost Dh1,999 (inclusive of premium drinks) Dh1299 (inclusive of regular drinks)Timings 7.30 pm to 5am Contact +971 4 702 2455

Fazaris, The Address Downtown Dubai
Experience a lavish dinner buffet created especially for the occasion while you enjoy the sounds of the live band welcoming in the New Year.
Time: 6pm-1am
Price: Dhs1,400 inside including soft drinks, Dhs1,700 inside including house drinks, Dhs2,000 terrace including house drinks
Contact: 04 436 8799,

Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai
This New Year’s Eve, Buddha-Bar will welcome the world famous house music legend and Ibiza resident DJ Camilo Franco. Usually found on the decks at the renowned Ibiza super club, Space, Camilo Franco will be flying in for a special appearance to captivate Dubai with his innovative tech house and EDM creations.
Time: 8pm-3am
Price: Dhs1,900 including a four-course set menu and unlimited selected premium drinks, Dhs1,600 including unlimited selected premium drinks and Buddha-Bar bites, for guests above 21 only
Contact: 04 317 6000,

Neos, The Address Downtown Dubai
Welcome 2015 at Neos with an extravagant New Year’s Eve party! Create memorable experiences as you look out at the stunning city views and shimmering fireworks, while the DJ plays a fusion of the freshest beats.
Time: 6pm-2.30am
Price: Dhs350, Dhs1,500 including drinks, for guests aged 21 and over only
Contact: 04 436 8799,

Blue Marlin Ibiza New Year’s Eve Party with Luciano and Davide Squillace
The region’s first beach club, restaurant and lifestyle oasis have announced a stellar line-up for the final party of 2015. Legendary DJs Luciano and Davide Squillace will welcome Spirit Odyssey to bring in 2016 in a magical night under the stars. Expect an exclusive celebration with fairy-tale-like performances and surprises throughout the night.
Time: 7pm
Price: Dhs650 for men, Dhs500 for women, Dhs1,350 for dinner
Contact: 056 113 3400,

Peppermint Experience with David Guetta, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
The biggest dance pop star in the world is coming to Dubai to welcome 2016 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre for the ultimate New Year’s Eve party.
Time: 8pm-3am
Price: Dhs495 regular section, Dhs750 VIP stand
Contact: 050 357 1113,

Zero Gravity New Year's Eve Party with Pete Tong and Duke Dumont
After last year’s huge NYE success, Zero Gravity has selected the perfect pair of globally- demanded DJs to look back at the past, look forward to the future and ensure thousands of Dubai’s party people are dancing under a sky filled with fireworks. House music royalty Pete Tong and a DJ on the road to super-stardom, Duke Dumont, will be joined by a host of local acts and entertainment for an unforgettable night. 
Time: 5pm-3am
Price: Dhs250 early bird, Dhs390 regular, Dhs450 on the door, Dhs490 VIP including access to VIP platform
Contact: 04 399 0009,

New Year’s Eve Party, Dusit Thani Dubai
Witness Burj Khalifa’s fireworks burst into Dubai’s night sky on the 24th floor of the nearby Dusit Thani while indulging in a luxurious International fare and a connoisseur selection of drinks.
Time: 7:30pm-12:30am
Price: Dhs3,800 table for four including one complimentary bottle of bubbly, Dhs 5,700 table for six including two complimentary bottles of bubbly, Dhs7,400 table for eight including two complimentary bottles of bubbly. Prices are inclusive of unlimited house drinks. Dhs450 for kids six-12
Contact: 04 317 4515,

Ballroom, Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Hotel guests will be able to party the night away to the sounds of a live band with belly dancers, a DJ and an unforgettable solo saxophonist. An array of delectable international festive foods will be on offer at the buffet along with an open bar serving house brands. The evening rounds off with access to the pool deck where you can watch the awe-inspiring fireworks.
Time: 8.30pm-3am
Price: Dhs900 per person, Dhs450 kids six-12, Dhs250 for kids if a chair is required, no charge for kids in strollers
Contact: 04-503 6111,

80s Flashback, ikandy ultralounge, Shangri-La
Turn back time to the Eighties at Shangri-La where chart-topping UK DJs Brandon Bloch and Tall Paul will be spinning the decks until the early hours. Ring in the New Year under the stars with a picture-perfect view of the Burj Khalifa and the astounding New Year fireworks.
Time: 8pm-3am
Price: Dhs1,395 including sofa seating, international buffet, house drinks and two glasses of bubbly, Dhs695 including an international buffet, house drinks and two glasses of bubbly.
Contact: 04 405 2703,

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SHL Psychometric Tests For Sale

I had bought the online SHL Tests for a job interview for AUD 140 from JobTestPrep as a working professional. I am now selling these for half the price to anyone who wants to practice. The tests are explained in detailed and helped me pass the SHL exam (Psychometric tests)

What do you get?

109 aptitude tests in total, 2400 questions!

47 numerical tests + 7 Numerical Drills

21 verbal tests + 4 verbal comprehension tests

12 deductive tests

21 logical tests (inductive + abstract)

8 diagrammatic reasoning + diagramming tests

12 video tutorials + 8 study guides

Detailed explanations | solving tips | smart score reports

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hailstorm Blankets Parts of UAE - Check Out The Photographs

Parts of UAE experienced hail storm.

Some of the areas in Abu Dhabi assumed a white picturesqueness. Check out below few beautiful pics.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Three Santa Claus Brothers In Dubai

The Three Santa Claus Brothers In Dubai.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Unified Communication can improve productivity of your employees

Collaboration can help improve performance and make more efficient use of company
resources, but organizations need technological solutions to facilitate teamwork in the modern enterprise environment. Business doesn’t happen face to face as often as some would like. Instead, today’s communication depends on conference calls and emails chains that make it challenging to get to know your partners.

At my office emails are definitely one of the many ways employees communicate with each other. Email has been one of the oldest forms of communication used in the corporate environment. 

According to Radicati group,In 2009, the typical corporate user sends and receives about 167 messages daily. Organizations wishing to store all these messages need to allocate a little over 20 MB of storage space per user per day. The average corporate worker spends a quarter of his/her work day on various email-related tasks, which is a waste of time 

A new generation of communications technologies are upon us. They are addressing the new way to work that is permeating workplaces worldwide.

Use of Instant messaging has been increasing over the years in the office. IM has several advantages. It’s real-time. It’s richer than email. And it lets users easily switch to even richer mediums, such as voice or video over the Internet. 

Video conferencing has focused on its ability to decrease travel costs and is certainly used in my office. 

Mobile technology - The better the technology becomes the more employers embrace the bring your own device (BYOD) to work philosophy, the more deeply connected workers become to their workplaces, which exist on the same devices as their social networks and family photos.

Check out a video from Fujitsu showing break through in human centric workplaces.

Unified communication increases workplace productivity and that brings an increase in workplace delight. Now wouldn't you like to have such an environment in your office? 

Want to know how you can improve your staff productivity by adopting unified communication?

Visit: #masteryourbiz #FujitsuInsiders


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