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It’s been a big week out here in the ‘Dhabs, I have to say, starting with the Rain Day two weeks ago. What is this “rain day,” you ask? Well, my dears, that’s when the serene desert skies bust open and it pours, like a veritable rainpocalypse. Or at least, that’s what you think it is if you grew up in the desert. For those of us who grew up …

National Day

  Last week the UAE celebrated its forty-first birthday.  My children point out with great glee that I am older than the country. Why they think that’s so funny, I’m not sure, but they find it to be a laugh riot. Last year was the big four-oh for the country, and like most of us when we hit those decade milestones, they pulled out all the stops: several nights worth …

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

It’s National Day on Sunday and the city ablaze with celebratory lights, streamers, and of course, decorated cars. We’ll go walking on the Corniche on Sunday to watch the festivities, spray silly string, and watch the jets fly in formation with colored smoke creating vaporous UAE images in the sky. Today, however, I got a personal message from the Crown Prince whoops, from the ruler of Dubai {thanks Matty} wishing …

whether there’s weather

We had plans with another family today to go out to Saadiyat Island , which is about fifteen minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, but feels worlds away: big empty beach, no tall buildings, very few people. I woke up this morning to this: I’ve seen the iPhone iOracle predict clouds for Abu Dhabi; I’ve seen it predict flames licking the roof of hell, in late July, when the temperatures go …

National Day: The Big Four-Oh

Today, December 2, is the 40th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates.  Before this historic union, the various tribes (each of whom would come to govern an emirate) were busy trying to kill each other, take each others’ camels, pearls, and women (in descending order of importance, duh), and generally not getting along. I’ve been thinking today about being in the United States on its 40th anniversary. …