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

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Nurturing Patriotism in the Emirates

In addition to the invitation to deck out every building with a UAE flag, a number of large billboards with photos of the rulers and ruling families have been placed in prominent places.

This is connected with the National Day celebrations, which with festive lights adorning towers and villas, have been signaling a season of patriotism and national identity.

In the approach to Fujairah between Thoban and the Friday Market there are many large billboards on both sides of the road extending a welcome and a farewell from the ruling family of Fujairah and distinguished leaders of the Emirates.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: “Many large billboards on both sides of the road.”