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.
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!