Like Bert my predecessor, I’m a collector of odd things.
However, what I collect is much more exciting than the illusive Fizzy Fig bottle cap made famous by Sesame Street.
I collect Saudi emergency telephone numbers!
My chosen abode isn’t like my homeland; where we only have one, all encompassing, number to ring in the event of an emergency.
Saudi Arabia has, well, I’m still collecting and so I’m yet to discover how many numbers.
Imagine the monotony facing your average Brit, irrespective of what type of emergency occurs in his life requiring immediate attention, he’s always going to have to deftly dial the old 9-9-9 number sequence.
The American equivalent is, of course, 9-1-1 (Hmm, maybe there’s a conspiracy theory in there somewhere.)
However, here in Saudi Arabia we have a generous selection of numbers that we can ring. Specific numbers for specific emergencies.
Not that your average Saudi (and I’ve questioned a few on this) knows or uses more than one or two you understand.
Well, I’m now the proud owner of a collection of 8 emergency numbers and I’m hopeful that someone out there will be able to help me fill the remaining gaps.
999 – Police الشرطه
998 – Fire المطافي
997 – Ambulance الإسعاف
996 – Road Security/Highway Patrol أمن الطرق
995 – Drug Protectors/Detectives مكافحة المخدرات
994 – Coast Guard حرس الحدود
993 – Traffic Police المرور والحوادث
992 -Immigration الترحيل
991 – ?
990 – Secret Service المباحث العامه
ٍSo, are there any Ernies out there who can help me complete my collection?
I’m concerned that there might be an emergency out there somewhere that my collection gap leaves me uncovered for.