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

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fujairah In and Out of the News

One of the challenges of living in remote parts of the country, away from the centre of power, is that there is little news reported and often what gets publicized is the bizarre. This contributes to the ‘Can anything good come out of _________ [fill in the gap]’ attitude.

The news to have come out of Al Fujairah this week does not amount to a lot in terms of volume or variety.

These are some of the main stories:

‘Bunker Oil Prices Hit New High,’ Bunkerworld 21 September 2007.
(This article is only for subscribers but it concerns the ongoing saga of rising oil prices and the low stocks in Fujairah, one of the major bunkering ports in the Middle East).

‘Praying at the Mosque Top Priority During Ramadan,’ Gulf News, 22 September 2007
Not a Fujairah-specific story but the Gulf News staff got out into the streets (even the streets of Fujairah) to ask people what they thought of the experience of Ramadan. It was a pity that no comments from Fujairah residents were quoted. In an online poll in which people were asked to nominate their favorite Ramadan pastime, praying at the mosque scored the highest.

‘Reckless Youth Blamed for Rising Accidents,’ Khaleej Times, 22 September 2007.
This article highlights the road rage and reckless driving by young people in accounting for the high number of accidents on Fujairah roads.

Geoff Pound

Image: Scenes of Fujairah