Top 5 most hated professions in the UAE
November 17, 2014
Before we start with this list of the most hated professions in the UAE, we'd like to stress that in no way are we saying that everyone in these jobs acts in the same way.
However, while we'd never want to tar everyone with the same brush, there is no smoke without fire, and it's fair to say the poor public opinion of these jobs and the people who work in them are not without reason.
So to all the honest professionals of the jobs below who get caught in the crossfire, we're sorry. But to the vast majority of cowboys whose very existence puts a dampener on life here in the UAE, it's time to clean up your act. Here are the five most hated professions in the UAE:
5. Traffic wardens
When the whole nature of your job is to catch people out and slap them with fines, it's only natural that you're not going to be the most popular person in town.
We agree that people parking irresponsibly and causing danger or inconvenience to others should be punished, but when we're two minutes overdue on the parking meter and they're already writing out a ticket, applauding them for their punctuality is the last thing on our mind.
4. Credit card salesmen
Of course credit card salesmen were not responsible for the 2008 financial crisis, but they certainly didn't help matters. Commission from persuading easily led people to take out credit cards they don't want or need is how they make their money, which means they're more than happy to convince people to borrow more cash when, in reality, that's the last thing they should be doing.
3. Unlicensed taxi drivers
"It's on the meter, sir." The oh-so-common beckoning call we've all heard from the dodgy-looking bloke crawling alongside us in his white Lexus, while we search frantically for an RTA taxi.
It's not like we're against paying for luxury - we'll take a hotel limo by all means - but it's the shady nature of these guys roaming the streets looking for victims and then having the audacity to claim that their taxi is on the meter that we take issue with. And that's without even mentioning that unlicensed taxis are completely illegal.
2. Estate agents
Rarely trustworthy, usually late (if they show up at all) and absolutely always happy to take our money in return for doing the bare minimum, it's very hard to find any redeeming features of estate agents.
In many rental cases you may never meet them - they will leave the keys with reception, tell you to visit when you please and that so-called service is deemed to be worth a fee equal to 10 per cent of the rental value. Madness!
1. Financial services salesmen
Well worthy of the number one spot, these guys are hated on so many levels. Not only do they waste an astonishing amount of our time with cold calls, but if they find anyone gullible enough to be taken in by their endless patter, they trick them into investing in whatever financial product will earn them the most commission.
Most of these jobs require passing a simple multiple-choice test to be granted the role, making 'Dan' 'Mike' or, our favourite, 'Gavin' as qualified to dispense financial advice as a six-year-old who's just been given his first calculator. Quite frankly, you'd be better sticking your money in a shoe box under the bed than trusting one of these cowboys with it.
For the genuine financial advisors who've actually taken the time to study and gain qualifications, you should hate these leeches more than anyone, because they've now given the UAE's financial services industry such a bad name that many people wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.
Do you agree with our top five? Or is there a profession you dislike even more? Let us know in the comments below.