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

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How Emiratis Infuriate Iranians

What do you call the stretch of water out from Abu Dhabi and Dubai which extends over to Iran?

It may depend on where you live.

If you live in Iran, you’ll call it ‘The Persian Gulf’.

If you live in Dubai or Abu Dhabi you will probably call it ‘The Arabian Gulf’.

If you are a wimp or a lover of ‘salaam’ you may simply call it ‘The Gulf’.

The naming of this gulf continues to be a contentious issue and if you want more mud to sling across the gulf, check out this article or this Wikipedia article on the Persian Gulf Naming Dispute.

This little shop (pictured), posing as a supermarket, calls itself ‘The Arabian Gulf Supermarket’. Funnily enough it is located in Fujairah, a stone’s throw from the sea, not the Arabian or Persian Gulf but the Gulf of Oman that stretches out to the Arabian Sea.

Probably the shopkeeper is oblivious to the controversy but his sign and shop name is like a shoe thrown toward Iran.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: “This little shop, posing as a supermarket, calls itself ‘The Arabian Gulf Supermarket’.”