And yes, that was a really bad play on the words from the US television show “Survivor” where they get “tree mail”……
Dubai has no real Postal Service like westerners are accustomed to. So how do you get all that good junk mail?? Well, necessity is the mother of invention, right? Ya get Door Mail.
Mail that gets stuck to your door, hung off the door handle, tucked in the cracks, woven through the wrought iron, however it can be stuck on or around your door, it is. And, what exactly *comes* as door mail you ask? Menus, newsletters, sales flyers, advertising cards, lost cat flyers, newspapers, catalogs, brochures and more menus. Here are a few photos of some of our daily door mail…
The lack of street addresses means that any type of postal service customarily found in other countries is not possible here. If you want an address, you can rent a Post Office Box here (starting around $600USD per year if I recall correctly) and you have the ability to go to the Post Office here and pick up any mail you might receive. Or, opt for home delivery 3x a week at a cost of around $1200USD per year, and you must buy their box, and pay to have it installed according to their directives. So, if you’ve really been missing all the junk mail, catalogs, flyers and ads, you can get it, you just gotta pay.
Locating things here is interesting. Some streets have no name or number, most buildings are known by the largest entity occupying them, or by a name. But there is no such thing as an address that looks like
123 Woodham Way
Central, KS 11101
An address on someone’s business card might look like this….
Jafar’s Worldwide Carpets
Jumeirah Plaza, Close to Trade Center Roundabout, Across from Amman’s Auto Repair
3rd floor, Suite 308
So, pretty much if you can’t find someone’s shop based on their description, you call for directions.
But what about all those flyers? The junk mail, the ads, the sale papers screaming about how much money you can save?? How do they actually arrive at your door as door mail? They’ve got a guy for that – driving around neighborhoods, attaching these to doors. Bingo – jobs created. What’s that? What about if you go on vacation or holiday you ask? Well then, your door looks like this….
And yet *another* opportunity for some enterprising soul to begin a business to remove all those items from your door so it’s not so obvious that you’re not at home. Could create even MORE jobs!