01.04.2011 29 °C
In our last entry we mentioned we had to send our passports off to David’s old employer, Lafarge. Well a week ago while in one of the ports we received an urgent email on David’s Blackberry asking him to contact his old boss, Greg Sheardown who was a Regional President in Canada before moving to the Middle East in 2009. Greg is now President of Lafarge operations for the United Arab Emirates. Due to some unexpected developments in the Middle East Greg’s HR VP is being transferred back to Cairo as of April 1st. After some discussions with Greg and Paris David has agreed to come out of retirement for three months and go to Dubai as the VP of HR for Greg’s Region until a permanent replacement can be moved from another part of the company. Probably the biggest challenge is that they want us over there around April 10th. Given that we are still on a ship in the Caribbean and still need to get Visas and make arrangements to have our house looked after that does not seem like a realistic date, however, we will be over there as soon as possible after we get home. It will not be without its challenges but we are truly looking forward to the adventure. We will be based in Dubai although David will have a fair amount of travel to Abu Daubi as well. Accommodation is still being set up but it looks like it may be at the beautiful Marriott Executive Suites hotel in the Marina district in Dubai. We will be sorry to miss out on several planned motorcycle trips but this seemed like a great opportunity for some great travel and adventure.