Top 10 quirkiest logistics-related stories of 2014
Arabian Supply Chain brings you ten of the quirkiest logistics-related stories from our website in 2014.
Dubai sheikh offers $1m to buy replica Batmobile
A Dubai sheikh offerred to pay up to $1 million to buy a replica Batmobile built by a car enthusiast in Australia, but the superhero fan refused to part with his prized possession. The registered and roadworthy vehicle has attracted a great deal of attention with several wealthy fans offering six and seven figure sums to buy it.
Accidents 'acts of God', say 24% of heavy truck drivers
Rather than being preventable, nearly a quarter of heavy truck drivers on the UAE's roads said they believed accidents are acts of God. These findings came out of a study conducted by Dubai's Road and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Traffic and Roads Agency in partnership with logistics company Tristar Transport.
Dubai-based Freightworks handles crocodile transfer
Logistics companies Mainfreight Australia and the Dubai-based Freightworks teamed up to transport two crocodiles from Australia to Dubai. Animal handlers took six hours to capture two saltwater crocodiles in Queensland before loading them into specially designed crates in order to fly them to their new home in Dubai Mall.
Taxi drivers face body odour test in the US
it was revealed that body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers, leading drivers to make accusations of prejudice and discrimination. Anyone failing the smell test is told to change their clothes before picking up another customer.
Dubai Customs hosts mass wedding for 83 employees
Dubai Customs hosted the mass wedding in the presence of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai, as part of its CSR policy and in line with the nation’s committment to assisting young UAE nationals in all areas of life.
Dubai Police pull driver over to give him money
A Mohebi Logistics driver was stopped by traffic police in Dubai and awarded $272 (AED 1,000) on the spot for safe driving, as part of a scheme launched over a decade ago in Dubai and Sharjah to encourage safe driving behaviour.
Drunken sailor jailed after rampage on Dubai flight
A drunken sailor who had to be tied to his seat on an Emirates flight from Singapore to Dubai was jailed for one year after the Ukrainian sexually assaulted cabin crew and attempted to break into the cockpit. On appeal two months later his sentence was halved by a Dubai appeal court .
China wants to build underwater train to the US
The Bejing Times reported that China wants to build a 13,000 kilometre high-speed underwater train line to connect Beijing to the US. The train would reportedly travel at around 220mph, meaning the entire trip would take around two days.
UAE motorists with depression banned from driving
The UAE's Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced that people with chronic disease, such as severe depression and epilepsy, will not be allowed to drive in case their driving is dangerous for other road users. Medical records will be shared between medical facilities and departments of traffic and licenses across the country.
Lost train found in Egyptian desert after eight years
Egyptian rail authorities spotted a train eight years after it disappeared in the country’s Western Desert when it travelled from the town of Dakhla in the north-western province of New Valley and did not return.