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Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت

As you drive down Airport Road (also called 2nd Street, also called Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, and yes it’s confusing) towards the Corniche, there is a sort of park that divides the road in two. Along the park are a series of huge sculptures: a cannon, a teapot, a small fort-like tower, a sort of flower-pot looking thing, and a tagine. The teapotcoffeepot(ack! I knew it was a coffeepot; I just forgot until corrected by @rupertbu, in the comment below) is my favorite. Occasionally water jets from the spout like a fountain.  I hear talk that these sculptures might be demolished in favor of something more “modern,” but I love these and hope that they aren’t destroyed in the name of progress.

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5 Responses to Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت

  1. @rupertbu November 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    You need a bit more immersion in local culture I fear, that is a coffee pot! 😉

    The space was only landscaped in I think late-90’s, formerly used to be the drop-off point for buses from labour camps at weekends.

    • Deborah Quinn November 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

      I’ve been told before that it’s a coffeepot; I just completely forgot! Thank you for the correction. I saw a picture in The National today of this stretch of Old Airport Road, with the clocktower but no big sculptures. And the shoreline was so much closer–not that long ago, actually. Thanks for the note.

  2. Bee November 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Wow! That’s really cool! I hope they don’t tear it down, either.
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  3. just JENNIFER November 5, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Love that you’re doing NaBloPoMo, Deborah! I don’t see why they have to tear down old stuff to make way for new stuff. Why can’t they coexist?
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    • Deborah Quinn November 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

      new and old, exactly! although what passes for old here isn’t much past about 1948…before that, this city was a fishing village!

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