HR Strange But True!
September 05, 2008

Do you want your employees to sharikni? Yes, if you are like the employers in Dubai , who have been instructed by the government to encourage this practice among their employees. It's carpooling!

Why would officials want to encourage carpools in the United Arab Emirates, a country dotted with productive oil wells, you may ask. Well it's not the price of gas that's concerning the Public Transport Agency. It's traffic jams and parking spaces!

Evidently, the increasing price of gas has enabled more people in Dubai to buy their own cars, resulting in American-style back-ups during rush hours.

The initiative does mention reduced stress on workers, who can relax when not driving everyday, as well as reduced mileage and costs for vehicle maintenance. A press release on the subject also mentions the goal of reducing emissions into the environment.

However, the prime objective seems to be getting at least half the cars off the nation's highways and lessening the need to build more parking lots. Another objective is finding rides for workers other than in illegal--and often dangerous--private taxis.

So the UAE government is setting up a database for workers wanting rides and car owners searching for passengers "with whom they may travel to and from their residences."

To put a positive spin on the program, the press release says carpooling will " promote and strengthen the social ties between the staff of a company or several companies through ... chatting and exchanging ideas, adding to the trip an atmosphere of fun and smoothness." Let's sign up!

Source: AME Info

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