Welcome Joepersie Camo Barsana, as he has recently arrived in Fujairah from the Philippines via five years working in Saudi Arabia.
His name is quite a mouthful but he explains that his first name is a combination of his father’s name ‘George’ and his mother’s name ‘Persie’.
Joe works in Cable Maintenance with Etisalat and he is currently engaged in changing Fujairah telephone lines from an old ‘crowded’ system into a simple and clearer system.
He is spending one month under a sun umbrella changing the wires in this ‘Cross Connection Cabinet’ on Faseel’s King Fayssal Rd, diagonally opposite the Faseel Post Office.
There are 400 lines in this box which connect Etisalat and 400 subscribers. It looks like a bird’s nest and it takes great concentration and patience to achieve successful rewiring.
It seems that Emiratization is not targeting this job for Joe has been told that most people would “get a headache” trying to unravel the wiry mess. With humor Joe said, “This job is not only for expats but for experts.”
Joe needs a sense of humor for he is often interrupted by people who stop their car and moan to him about the problems they are having with their telephone service.
Dr Geoff Pound