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

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Is it Safe and Secure in the United Arab Emirates?

When I have traveled back ‘down under’ and met up with old friends, one of their first questions is this: “Is it safe and secure living in the Middle East?”

The phrase ‘Middle East’ presses red buttons for people who have been raised on emotive television reports. Sure there are hot spots in the region but what about the UAE?

A person from the promotional department of the Higher Colleges of Technology asked a range of people who work for HCT across the Emirates for their views. Here is a sampling of what they said about the UAE:

It is safe and secure
Very healthy
So sunny
Great for swimming
I love the movie houses
There is nothing I miss about teaching in the UK

And many more responses about the HCT as well as the UAE.

Listen to these people on the HCT’s promotional video clip to get an idea of what it is like to live in the UAE (and just note that while everyone is affirming, they were not asked about the downside)!

Dr Geoff Pound

Check out the book review, Colours of Fujairah

Video and image courtesy of HCT