View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Born in the UAE?

It is always interesting to hear people’s first impressions when they travel.

First time visitor to the UAE (or was it only Dubai?), Charlie Vincent, writes a very positive account of his sojourn in the Emirates.

The main feature of his essay is that he never met a single person on his visit who was born in the UAE. This for him makes the UAE unique.

There is no indication of how long the visit of Vincent was in the UAE. Further time might have led to the discovery of some home-grown Emiratis. The small indigenous population and their inaccessibility is a distinctive feature of this nation.

To read the whole article, here is the link: Charlie Vincent, Little country, big ideas, open arms, Detroit Free Press, September 9, 2007.

Image: One of the Dubai icons in a haze of smog this week.