Tag Archives: Arabia

Al Ain Oasis

Oasis – it’s such a wonderful word, isn’t it? Like haven, or sanctuary. The proper definition, the Oxford Dictionary tells me, is a fertile spot in a desert, where water is found. And that is just what Al Ain is. An oasis. A garden at the edge of the fabled Empty Quarter, inhabited for more […]

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The Bedoun – Kuwait’s stateless people

On my old blog, I touch upon the issue of the Bedoun (although mostly my ignorance of the matter). This is what I wrote then – from the observation deck of Kuwait Towers: I’m soon joined by the only other westerner here. A journo from a Central European country, he is there to cover the […]

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Kuwait Gulf War Memorial

The most evocative house in Kuwait City must surely be the Kuwait Gulf War memorial – or Kuwait House of National Memorial Museum, as it’s officially called – Bait Al Watani in Arabic. Outside the house is an Iraqi tank. The taxi driver, Assis, ensures I see it. The 1 KD entrance fee gets me […]

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Fujairah, the friendly emirate

Some of the seven emirates we quite liked, others less so. I’m happy to finish this series with Fujairah, the friendly emirate.

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Abu Dhabi, the affluent emirate

Abu Dhabi holds a whopping 9 % of the world’s oil reserves, is the richest city on earth, safe, green, clean and, dare I say it, a wee bit…

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Sharjah, the energetic emirate

Between Ajman and Dubai lies Sharjah, the third largest emirate – and perhaps the third best known, as well. Sharjah is also the most conservative emirate: alcohol is completely forbidden, dress codes are strict and no mixing of men and women if unwed. Not even a sheesha cafe to be found. Lively Sharjah Despite those […]

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Ajman, the anonymous emirate

With a quarter of a million people, Ajman wasn’t as tiny as I somehow had expected. Also, it seemed much more affluent than I had expected. I suppose that says more about my expectations.

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