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


These men found a patch of shade on the crispy grass that runs between a mall parking lot and Old Airport Road.  On Fridays, many laborers have the day off, so the city’s shady spots (whether on the side of the road or in a park) are dotted with just this sort of impromptu gathering.  When I walked by these men again, about thirty minutes later, five or six others had joined their group and they were sharing a bag of chips.  I always wonder what reactions groups like these would get in the States.

Continue Reading · on September 29, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, expat, surat al-sabt saturday snapshot, UAE

Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabt) لقطة السبت


Abu Dhabi city stretches along the Arabian Gulf, so on one side of the Corniche Road is beach and blue water; on the other side are glass-clad towers.  The city has expanded the beach recently, and this new stretch of sand has just opened. The man in the chair is a lifeguard.  But by about 11AM, when I took this picture, it’s too hot to be at the beach. Even the water is hot.

Continue Reading · on September 15, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, surat al-sabt saturday snapshot, urban nature

surat al-sabt (saturday snapshot) السبت صورة

“What’s it like over there,” people ask when I’m back in the States. “What’s it…you know, like?”

I still don’t have an answer for that question; or rather, I certainly don’t have one answer. And truth be told, would any of us have just one response to that question? I suppose if a person lived in Bali, the answer to “what’s it like” would be “perfect,” but I think that’s probably the exception and not the rule, don’t you?

Anyway. In an effort to document small moments of life in Abu Dhabi, I’m going to run these “snapshot saturdays.” (I think that’s what the Arabic characters say in the title line, but if they’re actually insulting your grandmother or your camel or your spouse, please let me know.)

A tent used for iftar dinners during Ramadan and then for parties during Eid, now empty and waiting to be rolled up until next year (thanks to Shannon for pulling me around the corner to show me the tent)



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Continue Reading · on September 1, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, expat, surat al-sabt saturday snapshot, Travel, UAE

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