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Sunday, June 12, 2011

HCT defined - "third world autocratic Arab /western facade hybrid wasta system"! [UPDATED]

Here's the latest in a recent flurry of material for posting, this one from 'Revolver'. June will be a busy month indeed on this blog!

And so it goes on. HCT has a deservedly bad reputation, and the Abu Dhabi colleges are the worst. However, I am somewhat surprised that you have left out the other two puppets that make up the three stooges at ADMC. May I ask why they are not on the punch list?

Firstly, there’s the academically inept Ahmed Tabbara, who purchased his qualifications, and would consequently fail his own college graduation requirements, particularly IELES. The idiot is a show bag both in Arabic and English, meaning he is full of shit. Then there’s Dr. Hamad Odhabi, both a puppet and a Muppet, who doesn't have one straight bone in his body. Unsurprisingly, he operates no differently to a typically corrupt Arab politician.

As for the pathetic excuse SiJo, he is clearly a toothless man who underwent a dental transformation after arriving to Abu Dhabi. I mean, I clearly do recall him being toothless, but in later UAE life he became the McClean smile man. Also, a correction to an earlier blog comment - the idiot is certainly not an engineer, he doesn't hold an engineering degree, he simply believes his own shit.


As you can imagine, I did resign because I was asked to pass a group of influential Emirati students that didn’t deserve to be in a class room, let alone pass the course. In fact they weren't even in a class room, as they never showed up for a whole semester, yet they managed with A + for the course. I’m not sure how, but Mr Tabbara does.

In the end they robbed me of my money payout, but in fact I can be satisfied that they are robbing themselves of something more valuable - a reputation and respect in the academic community. That is something they will NEVER achieve under the present corrupt and incompetent management regime.

I just hope that student enrolments in the system are down enough to warrant a wake-up call. I am sure some Emirati students don’t want this third world autocratic Arab /western facade hybrid wasta system, which we all recognize runs the daily system at HCT.

'Revolver'

(Ex-faculty, ADMC)

UPDATE

I guess a little more information is in order, so let’s get the exemplification right here. Sijo, Simon Jones, was initially not short listed for the role as director for ADMC, but was later called back, since the other two decent western gentlemen realised that it was a dodgy organisation. Ahmed Tabbara saw good in Sijo as this would allow him to rule by proxy.

The relationship between the trio began from the first day that SiJo joined HCT. However, the bond grew in strength once Sijo realised the gravity of King Kamali and his watchful eyes on campus (Ahmed Tabbara and Dr Hamad Odhabi). People at the ADMC cafeteria can vouch for this at the daily McDonalds secret lunching, in the far right corner, where they walk past other staff ignoring them all. It was a well known secret that if you wanted to survive in the HCT system, you had to avoid making eye contact with Kamali and his mob.

Typically these lunches discussed the ins and outs of the season much like a coach’s selection committee, picking the best players for the final series. These are merciless men who will terminate someone’s contract for accidentally taking the tomato sauce from their table, I kid you not - it really is like that. Kamali always walked in the middle, and to each flank was a fawning wanker - Tabbara and Odhabi, the trusted hit men. Sijo was jealous, bouncing around in the background like a little poodle - he knew his place: “I want to be part of this pack, please pretty please”!

One day SiJo’s world was to be turned upside down, and he soon realised the vintage Kamali way. Being the arrogant and ignorant fool that he is, SiJo actually thought being a director meant something, or better still - entitled him to make decisions at ADMC! Let’s us begin the public’s education with a course in HCT 101. As autocratic management goes, rule by proxy, and once the dirty work is done, get rid of the westerner and employ another idiot to keep them all in check. By way of example, notice that none of our directors have ever had any real substance, it’s always someone with a underlying issue, a twit, a has-been, a goon, a divorcee who has run away from his wife’s alimony payments (not mentioning any names).

SiJo’s reality check came when he realised that he was simply always going to be the white fool, that they had bought him to be the clean white face of the whole corrupt Emirati operation. So in one way I do almost feel sorry for him. But, oh well, that’s tough - he had his chance, he could have stood his ground, but no; he wanted to be down with the hood, and to retain his black BMW sports edition.

The story goes that our beloved SiJo once decided to take a few of the noble guests from the Festival of Stinkers to Sheikh Nana’s palace unannounced to his boss, the Godfather of crime at HCT, King Kamali. As a result SiJo was publicly humiliated and was asked to leave immediately, as he had overstepped his (non-existent) authority by making decisions such as visiting Sheik Nana without consulting his Boss. It was then explained to him by Ahmed Tabbara that if you could not get hold of Kamali, ask me, Ahmed Tabbara, as traditionally every king has a court clown, and Ahmed Tabbara filled the space marvellously with his side kick Dr Hamad Odhabi. Coincidentally, the two stooges, Ahmed Tabbara and Dr Hamad Odhabi, were later both rewarded with associate director positions at ADMC for their loyal service to the HCT Godfather, ‘Doctor’ Kamali. The question that we beg to ask here is just why would you need to have two associate directors, and a director, deans and supervisors, to run an 1800 Student College?

Bearing in mind that Ahmed Tabbara was a math teacher at the diploma level with no real qualifications, on his Linked In page Ahmed Tabbara's Education is listed as Nova Southeastern University 2002 – 2006, http://ae.linkedin.com/pub/ahmed-tabbara/4/b64/641. Can someone help to disprove this claim, as I am certain for a fact that he never attended that Canadian University, as he has been with HCT since 1993, so how can that be? Explain yourself Ahmed Tabbara!

Oh, let me guess - Ahmed Tabbara’s qualifications are that he lives in the same building as Kamaili on the Corniche Road, entices him with his Middle Eastern foods, does the daily walks with him on the Corniche, and enjoys a good drink with him. Please disprove this claim, if at all possible - tell the world of your claims as to why you, Ahmed Tabbara, were promoted to such a high position as Mr Associate Director with no academic qualifications, please do.

Or maybe your promotion is attributed to all the pretty Lebanese girls that you always employ for entertainment at your functions? Please understand you have the presumption of innocence, as I am not suggesting anything by this. It’s just that your gatherings always resemble a red-light district in your pimp-like presence, wearing your silk suits and ordering – no, screaming! - at the poor Indian/Pakistani staff to bring more food, clean here, there, etc. Not to mention your expertise in fireworks, of course. I will allow others, particularly members of HCT, to comment on the HCT management’s fascination with fireworks. I am sure you would bring shame to Barney the purple dinosaur, can you hear him giggling? As for Dr Hamad Odabi, he qualified for the position due to an unbreakable bond and affiliation with both Kamali and Ahmed Tabbara.

So that’s how the trio came about. I hope you have enjoyed this update – there’s more to follow soon!






29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tabbara abd Obadi not on the punchinthefacebook hit-list? Your wish is my command!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Robin Hood

Anonymous said...

that reads so familiar, as it stands,I too was a teacher at ADMC and I too experienced the ruthless and gruesome resignation process, not surprisingly I was ostracised and placed in time out, till the end of my notice period, my colleagues and students were so scared that they would not even dare to speak to me in public, seriously it was very taxing, as a career academic for 25 years it was undignified to say the least.
If you ask why , simply I spoke for what I thought was right, as a Muslim person, I found it difficult to comprehend the behaviour of these so called Muslims as it follows no human morals or values, it was certainly animal like behavior, perhaps I would be offending the animal kingdom making such comparisons . I pity those rejects, ADMC management that enrol in distance learning at cheap and nasty unis in the west,and use their class rooms to gain postgraduate qualifications. Then again the HCT system will only retain losers and has-beens or better still educated Arabs from poor nations (this statement qualifies 90% of Arabs) these people have a hard time gaining employment else where in the region or their native lands, so basically they put up with the oppression.

Anonymous said...

reflecting on the above, in reality HCT is two different organisations, An Anglo-friendly organisation that treats pretty westerner females (possibly skinny male ones too as they are also in demand) well as long as they put out with senior management, the second organisation deals with third world staff, non gulf Arabs and sub-content south Asians.

For instance I knew of a big breasted blond female(i GOT GIVE HER CREDIT SHE HAD A huge set)she toyed with ADMC management and kamli himself, she used to call him DALS before other staff that I heard. she got a lot of perks.

Anonymous said...

'Dals'? Short for 'darling' right?!

I am astounded that anybody could address that ugly little arab toad with a term of endearment, but it does indicate the way to brown-nose your way up at HCT, and that some people are unprincipled enough to indulge in it.

God save the rest of us!!

Poodle Pelham said...

I have always believed that it takes a white skin and a brown nose to be a real success at HCT.

Anonymous said...

Let's get the facts right here, as matter of fact the little ugly toad is a second generation Iranian rice dealer, so certainly not Arab, consequently he can barely speak Arabic, I am sure that does not change his reputation nor the teachers grievances, sorry for the amendment, I can't help it, its the academic blood in me. Apologies for the previous comment as it was corrupted on uploaded.

Anonymous said...

I thought Tubby came from Yemeni stock-oh,well.I was trashed at ADMC too which put me and my family in an awful fix.I even got an interview with Tubby,thanks to PQ at MZ/Ruwais(perhaps the only decent dean in the whole of HCT) who promised me a "review"as did his henchman the "brown nosed'reindeer.At least gave me a decent payout.

Anonymous said...

It's all absolutely true, and the truly shocking thing is that these excuses for people don't even care who knows it, as they feel they are invincible.

'Arab Spring' at HCT? You bet, and SOON!

Anonymous said...

This is great stuff! I can't wait for the next instalment!!

Anonymous said...

All I can say any organisation that turns over 30% of its staff annually has issues, As Sheik NANA the main stake holder i would be asking my senior management some questions as to why ? this is costing the UAE a lot of money.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Shk Nana reads this. Or Cares. Not!

Gary said...

"Perhaps Shk Nana reads this."

Which begs the question...Is it possible to read in monotone as well?

Anonymous said...

I have just logged in as a job applicant looking for information on HCT, Abu Dhabi Men's College and I am completely turned off. Even Saudi Arabia looks better than this. At least you kinda know what you might be in for. Saudi A. don't try as hard as HCT apparently does to deceive potential employees.
I did a search for academic publications from Directors of colleges, and Associate Directors whose names I could find, and Deans, and could find absolutely nothing.Not in recent years anyway. What do these so called academic leaders do : screw the teachers? (metaphorically, I mean, ...).Do they also find the time off to provide academic leadership. What's the HR department like? Surely better than this!

Raja Karma said...

HR is just as bad - i.e., awful, and a MUST for avoidance.

As for HCT's 'academic leaders' (ahem!), they are puppets, mere pawns of Doctor Tayeb Kamali, the HCT Vice-chancellor.

And then, WAY down at the bottom of the food-chain are the teachers!

Anonymous said...

A few things come to mind, academic leadership hmmmm,does that word even get a mention at HCT management meetings, I think this point was well answered by a previous blogger "HCT system only retains losers", so hello? Need we say more? I do recall knowing a of bright young academic he used to publish and was well learned in his area, however he left, didn’t last for long. As for my self I must say 5 years on from ADMC I believe I am still scarred by that horrifying experience, my only word of advise be careful, don’t ruin your life , I know it reads well on their website but be careful, as it will reduce you to rubble.
By the way Doctor Tayeb Kamali, the HCT Vice-chancellor holds a PHD from some shitty university in airport management, as you know not all US unis are accredited, wow, that’s real science yeah, what ever that is ? Come’on HCT Vice-chancellor why not put your list of publications on your hct website, but I guess you prefer balloons, crackers and fireworks, as it’s the extent of your intelligence and mental capacity.

Gary said...

Well, I wouldn't be so harsh on Embry-Riddly Uni...it's one of the best aeronautical universities in the world...and, HIGHLY accredited. However, that being said, managing airports and managing people are not one and the same thing. Aircraft do not have feelings and needs...human teaching staff do. Therein lies the rub.

As far as academic leadership is concerned, the top troughs at the HCT has been in a drought for the past six years...or since Tubby left a hickie on Sheikh Nana's arse that was so purple that he got the top "dog's" position. Indeed, one would be hard-pressed to find a sembelence of academia in the top ranks, but for Anon, (June 15, 2011 10:21 PM), I'd tried Googling Phil Quirke's history. He's the ONLY director worth a fil.

Too bad...the guy's stuck WAY out in the Garbia...

Anonymous said...

Gary, point taken, perhaps it was a little harsh on the Uni, but non the less, you very well know that uni's all over the world have a lower standards for fee paying students i.e. sponsored by their native government, as they are viewed as cash cows, and its the right political thing to do to a student from a loyal ally , would you agree?

Raja Karma said...

Well of course, now it all makes sense...!!

Kamali the aviation doctor has a kickback agreement with Emirates Air to send a certain percentage of teachers home every year, and hire a certain percentage to replace them. Hence the regular sackings and the semi-permanent recruitment drive.

Yes, it's all perfectly understandable and very Middle Eastern. Can't see a thing wrong with it myself.

Anonymous said...

anyon june 16th...
If he attended Embry Riddle in the US, then he had to work for it. (he may have had students write papers for him, or may have bought papers) but the school wouldn't "go easy" on him...
Not their style. They are one of the BEST aviation universities in the world. Engineering is top notch, their management programs are as well...

Raja KArma said...

That would also explain his apparent affection for The Claw (Christine Luscombe-Whyte), who was once a trolley-dolly and was married to a pilot.

Simples, see?! No need for academic credentials at all at HCT, but WHO you know!!

L.S. said...

I have always believed that it takes a white skin and a brown nose to be a real success at HCT.

Couldn't agree with you more Poodle. Now I know why Mark Hill's nose at UGRU appears to be getting browner these days. That Tunisian's arse, Razak, is getting a pretty good clean from him.

Anonymous said...

I recently heard from a very reliable source that HCT is having such great problems recruiting staff this year (I wonder why?!) that they have hired an intermediary recruitment firm to do the job for them. This way, the poor suckers won't know who they'll actually be working for until they get off the plane.

Anonymous said...

re. Ahmed Tabbara ---- kelp min sheikh, sheikh --- n8m?

In any event, Nova Souteastern University is a degree mill down in Florida. No institution awards more doctorates (last time I checked). They're mostly low to moderate quality correspondence degrees - so yes - it's entirely possible that he secured his pedigree while working at HCT.

Anonymous said...

Such a fascinating read. I must say that I know none of the people mentioned in the posting, but I feel that the real presence here is the system described. Well done to the writer for bringing it all to life so well

I have worked in the Gulf before and was considering returning. But I guess I must have forgotten those corrupt Middle Eastern ways - or have things gotten worse over the years?

Think I'll stay in Canada now.

Anonymous said...

Over the past year, things at ADWC have gone from bad to worse. The much-feted 'improvements’ of the English syllabi have proven to be disasters, and everything is more than a bit sour.

A lot of people would like to jump ship if there was anywhere to land.

Tayeb Kamali said...

Saalam'Alaykum,

As I told senior management at our end of year reporting session. "Those who don't approve of my management style can take a walk."

I'm tired of second-guessing and want this trival whinging to stop!

Suede Oasis said...

If you sincerely want it to stop, my dear Doctor Kamali, than all you need do is pay those gratuities that you illegally withheld from those teachers you dismissed on false charges.
Simples, really!

Anonymous said...

Thank you .. Thank you .. Thank you for writing this up. I wish many read this page before joining HCT to save the misery. This is a MUST READ. It is now getting much worse than before. HCT is NOT an academic place. One does not actually require a proper degree. Those who are planning to work at HCT assuming this is a place for career advancement or whatever your sound goals are, ditch your thoughts and save your misery please.