Most days workers from the respective UAE Municipality clean the beaches of the country.
In addition to the usual trees, wood and rubbish from boats the workers have to clear up an inordinate amount of trash and the frequent oil slicks that wash up on the UAE beaches.
Fortunately each Municipality has one or more mechanical beach cleaner and sifter. One of the team will drive the machine up and down the beach while the other will pick up things by hand and do the hard and dirty work.
I have posted some photos today at the following link in order to illustrate some of the surprises and challenges that these workers face in their job:
Weighty Work for Local Beach Cleaners, Facebook, 3 January 2009.
Image: The driver of the Beach Cleaner and Sifter at Khor Kalba beach today contemplates how he and his fellow worker might deal with this huge challenge. The beautiful Hajar Mountains form the backdrop to their daily work.
Dr Geoff Pound
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