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

Monday, August 31, 2009

Film and Drama in the Emirates

Film Culture
A New York Times article today (30 August 2009) examines the film culture in the UAE and concludes it is still developing in terms of movie production and the formation of a media community.

As the film culture matures, Brian Stelter identifies the enormous hurdles in producing movies that abide by Islamic norms—no drinking, no cursing, no dramatic display of affection and no inappropriate swimwear.

The canceling of the shooting of a portion of ‘Sex in the City’ this month in Dubai due to moral reasons brought the difficulties into focus.

Million Dollar Drama
The headline in Al Bawaba (31 August 2009) entitled, ‘A Million Dollar[s] for the Best Ramadan Drama Production’ highlights that raising money for the arts in the Emirates is the least of their worries.

The Dubai Media City is releasing Dubai’s Best Arabic Drama award to promote Gulf and Arabic Drama that is currently being aired on Dubai’s different satellite channels.

The award is 4 million dirhams or 1 million US dollars.

Links for the full articles:

Brian Stelter, Still in Development: A Film Culture in Dubai, New York Times, 30 August 2009.

A Million Dollar[s] for the Best Ramadan Drama Production, Al Bawaba, 31 August 2009.

Further
Get Your Film Produced in Abu Dhabi, ETE, 3 September 2008.

On Related Sites
I Know I’m Back in Fujairah UAE at Ramadan When…, Fujairah in Focus, 30 August 2009.

Take a Look at the America’s Cup Venue at RAK, America’s Cup in the UAE, 31 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: “Syriana,” a 2005 film with Matt Damon, left, and Alexander Siddig, is one of only two Western movies to be partly filmed in the United Arab Emirates.

A Hot Spot of Arabia in Barcelona

Having spent the last few weeks in Barcelona I never ventured to the hot baths but on a cold winter day this might be just the trick to warm you through and through.

Sonja Pöhlmann, who is a frequent contributor to the helpful site, ‘Spotted by Locals: Experience Barcelona Like a Local’, has posted this article and photographs which have an Arabic flavor:

“Thanks to the globalization you don’t have to travel to Marrakesh or Dubai anymore to experience an Arabic bath.”

“After spending a chilly winter day at the beach and in Park Ciutadella, you should try the new “Hamam” (relaxing hot steam bath in silence) located in El Born neighborhood right in front of the Park.”

“Taking a bath there is probably one of the most enjoyable experiences ever.”

“Have an Arabic mint tea on the warm luxury benches after enjoying aromatherapy, bubbles, candles, massages on hot stones etc. in the ambience of a beautiful ancient remodeled Spanish wine-cellar.”

“The prices are decent, a Hamam costs 24 Euros without massage and with massage 35 Euros.”

“Aire de Barcelona also offers gift vouchers ranging from 24 Euros up to 80 Euros. Giving a voucher to friends became my gift-idea-number-one in the last few month as the temperatures are falling….”

Details about this Arabian Hot Spot
Aire de Barcelona
Relaxing Bath with aromatherapy € 24.00
Paseo Picasso 22, El Borne (area map) +34902555789, 10:00 - 02:00 daily

Links
Sonja Pöhlmann, Aire de Barcelona-Arabic Bath, 30 August 2009.

More on the Baños Árabes or Arab baths in Spain at Hammam Spain.

On Related Sites
I Know I’m Back in Fujairah UAE at Ramadan When…, Fujairah in Focus, 30 August 2009.

For UAE’s America’s Cup Venue Swing Past Camel Track Near Airport, America’s Cup in the UAE, 28 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: The hamam, Aire de Barcelona (Photos courtesy of Sonja Pöhlmann and ‘Spotted by Locals: Experience Barcelona Like a Local’).

When Planning to Stay in UAE Hotels Don’t Forget to Pack Marriage Certificate

I recently asked my friend Mike Davis, on behalf of a couple soon to tour the UAE, for some tips on some reasonably priced hotel accommodation in Dubai.

Mike advised staying in the neighboring emirate of Sharjah to get a better price and he suggested a couple of hotels. He also added this important rider:

“They must bring a marriage certificate. In Sharjah, it is illegal for a non-married couple to stay in a room together.”

It is illegal anywhere in the UAE for a couple that is not married to stay in a room together but perhaps in Sharjah, known for its conservatism, this rule is enforced more than in other emirates.

Mike added, “Many hotels in Dubai are moving towards this too except those in the high end.”

Further
This hotel in Bur Dubai makes the presentation of a marriage certificate a requirement in its information to guests.

The rule is reinforced in this travel site for prospective tourists to Sharjah.

This travel site reckons it is rare for couples presenting passports certifying that they have different surnames, to be asked for their marriage certificate.

Looks like it is worth checking out this requirement at the time of booking a hotel in the UAE.

On Related Sites
I Know I’m Back in Fujairah UAE at Ramadan When…, Fujairah in Focus, 30 August 2009.

For UAE’s America’s Cup Venue Swing Past Camel Track Near Airport, America’s Cup in the UAE, 28 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: “This hotel…makes the presentation of a marriage certificate a requirement.”

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ramadan Up in the Air

Flying during Ramadan
I spent most of yesterday in flight returning home from Barcelona.

When our second flight left London Gatwick at 3.00pm (GMT) and was due to arrive in Dubai at 12.30am (UAE time), I wondered what would happen for those experiencing the Ramadan fast.

Ramadan in Flight
It is not only a matter of cultural and religious insensitivity, it is a legal matter if expats eat, drink or smoke in front of Muslims during the hours of sunrise and sunset, in the UAE. People who do this can be fined.

But nothing was said about this on our Emirates Airline flight and eating and drinking went on as usual. It must be difficult for fasting Muslims in flight when they are surrounded by hungry or bored people enjoying a hearty meal and a glass or two of beer or wine to wash it down.

Daylight Hours Shorten Flying East
I wondered what would happen for the Ramadan fasting hours (between sunrise and sunset) when flying east from London and Dubai and thereby losing hours. One reaches sunset early so does this give to Muslims a bonus exemption by shortening the fast? Not so! I had put my watch on to Dubai time and at 9.30pm an announcement was made by the Flight Attendants in English and Arabic: “The Ramadan fasting is over for the day. Happy iftar (the meal by which Muslims break the fast).”

A nice announcement but it was a pity for Muslims as the evening meal had already been served! Perhaps they had accepted the meal earlier and were waiting for the announcement to start eating and drinking.

On Related Sites
Ships to Fujairah UAE Sometimes Have to Dodge Pirates, Fujairah in Focus, 28 August 2009.

For UAE’s America’s Cup Venue Swing Past Camel Track Near Airport, America’s Cup in the UAE, 28 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: “What would happen for the Ramadan fasting hours…when flying east.”

Friday, August 28, 2009

Photo Blogging RAK, United Arab Emirates

From time to time I plan to feature some photo blogs of the Emirates.

The first is posted at this link and was a series of pictures taken on a short internship.

RAK Blog
Since July 2009, Jeff, who lives in Ras al Khaimah, has been taking photos of his city and emirate.

His blog is called ‘RAK Gets in Your Eye’ and is subtitled ‘One Day and One Photograph at a Time’.

Not always taking photos of the spectacular or sensational, it appears that this blog is committed to snapping ordinary, everyday RAK, with its supermarkets, camels and soap.

Timely Blog
This blog is one of the newest in the Emirates and has had only 43 visitors (at the time of writing) but it should be of great interest as things build toward the America’s Cup in RAK. Hopefully over this period of international significance Jeff might post more photos each day.

Favourite Picture
The photo that took my fancy is entitled, ‘Embroidery’. No other description or comment given. Let the picture speak for itself.

On Related Sites
Ships to Fujairah UAE Sometimes Have to Dodge Pirates, Fujairah in Focus, 28 August 2009.

For UAE’s America’s Cup Venue Swing Past Camel Track Near Airport, America’s Cup in the UAE, 28 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sheikh Mohammed Continues Technological Advance with Twitpic

Tech Leader
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum is a leader in the use of technology to dialogue with his constituency and with people around the world.

Mo Mentum
Known in the Emirates and the Arab world as the Twittering Facebooking Sheikh, the ruler of Dubai gained so many Facebook friends that he had to switch to a public page.

Communicating in Pics
Not content with tweeting texts by way of Tweetdeck, Sheikh Mohammed (Twitter name: HHShkMohd) has now adopted the application Twitpic to send out photos (pictured).

His Facebook page is furnished with some delightful pictures, his personal web site is awash with videos and as one of the few world leaders who is also a poet, His Highness has a keen eye for the visual.

On Related Sites
Ships to Fujairah UAE Sometimes Have to Dodge Pirates, Fujairah in Focus, 28 August 2009.

Harrison Ford Adds to the America’s Cup Drama, America’s Cup in the UAE, 23 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: “Sheikh Mohammed (HHShkMohd) has now adopted the application Twitpic to send out photos.”

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ride an Abra when You’re in Dubai

Riding an abra (motorized ferry) across the Dubai Creek is something you must do when you visit Dubai.

What is an Abra?
According to Wikipedia:
“An abra (Arabic: عبرة‎) is a traditional boat made of wood, used to transport people across Dubai Creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A medium-sized single-engine craft with a capacity of about 20 passengers, it is driven by a single operator from a sort of cockpit stepped in the center of the hull. The short platform around the cockpit, sheltered by a canopy, is where the passengers are seated, all facing outwards 10 on each side. The speed of the engine may be varied, while the steering system is basic: often a wooden rudder connected to the cockpit's mechanism by means of ropes and pulleys.”

Passengers
“Abras used to be the primary means of transportation between the two sides of the creek before cars could cross it via the several bridges or the Al Shindagha Tunnel. It is now mostly used by tourists, common folk and nostalgics. Yet it remains an essential and frequently-used part of Dubai transportation, ferrying 15 to 20 million passengers annually, and only growing in popularity. It takes under 10 minutes to cross between Deira and the other side of the creek, Bur Dubai.”

Latest figures reveal that more than 1 million passengers cross the creek by abra every month.

There are many regular commuters who use this service but tourists enjoy the journey and get a different perspective of Dubai city from the water.

Deeper
Details about routes and points of departure and arrival can be found at this link:

Motorized Abras Lift 9m Passengers in 6 Months, Dubai City Guide, 23 August 2009.

On Related Sites
Power Shortage in Fujairah Leaves Sparks Flying, Fujairah in Focus, 26 August 2009.

Harrison Ford Adds to the America’s Cup Drama, America’s Cup in the UAE, 23 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: Abra putting across Dubai Creek.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Armani, Gucci or Versace for your UAE Seat Belts?

Fashion Statement
According to Arabian Business it appears that after Ramadan seat belts may be spun as fashion items to counter the low buckle up rate in the Emirates.

Haute couture logos like Gucci, as well as the logos of sports teams and national flags are intended to make buckling up hip to young motorists.

Designer Range
No specifics have been given by the Salama Road Safety Public Awareness Initiative as to the full range and whether these will be made available free or for a handsome price. This announcement seems a seed sowing affair to test reaction and discover the sort of logos that would make people buckle up. It appears local designers may be invited to suggest ideas for seatbelts that may be distributed in petrol stations and possibly car showrooms.

Buckle Up Rate
The latest figures by the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) showed that only 11 percent of Emiratis and 44 percent of expatriates wear seatbelts.

The report stated that many young drivers do not wear seatbelts because of peer pressure, according to the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy (EFP).

Check out this article to read some of the other factors that need to be addressed in a safety belt campaign. Buckling up seat belts can convey a lack of trust in the driver and a lack of faith in God.

Reaction
At the time of writing 45 comments have been received by Arabian Business and many are critical of this proposal. Here are snippets from two responses:

“Instead of trying to capitalize on people by telling them that it is cool or stylish to wear seatbelts, tell them that it is responsible to wear seatbelts because it contributes in saving lives. And that is the whole point of wearing them.”

“This is the saddest piece of press/PR I have seen on Dubai for a very long time. What message does it give to the outside world that 56% of Dubai expats and 89% of Emiratis will only wear a seatbelt if it has a designer label on it? What a shallow, insignificant country the UAE must seem to the real world. Is this a place for foreigners to invest?”

Read the full story and reader’s comments.

Link
Elsa Baxter, Gucci Seatbelt Plan to Get Young Drivers to Buckle Up, Arabian Business, 26 August 2009.

Related
First the Swine Flu Sermon, Now a Sermon on Responsible Driving in the Emirates, ETE, 18 June 2009.

On Related Sites
Power Shortage in Fujairah Leaves Sparks Flying, Fujairah in Focus, 26 August 2009.

Harrison Ford Adds to the America’s Cup Drama, America’s Cup in the UAE, 23 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: “Gucci for your UAE Seat Belts?” An example of what the new belts could look like.

UAE Relationship with America is Up in the Air

Global Security reports:
UAE air force pilots and maintainers are participating in the Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, for the first time Aug. 22 through Sept. 5.

The UAE airmen spent the previous two weeks at the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport preparing for the advanced training exercise that exposes U.S. and partner nation air force units to challenging and realistic aerial combat scenarios.

For the Emirati pilots, the preparation in Tucson was a chance to get familiar with U.S. airspace and reunite with their former instructors. Arizona Guardsmen have trained UAE fighter pilots for the last eight years, five years in UAE aircraft. Currently, the wing's 148th Fighter Squadron is the only squadron of UAE-owned F-16E Desert Falcons, or block 60s, in the United States.

This Red Flag exercise in Nevada is an historic venture. Those involved in the training report on the encouraging way that the Emirati pilots have been developing.

More information is given in the article about the planes that the pilots are flying.

Read the full story
Gabe Johnson, United Arab Emirates Air Force Participates in First Red Flag, Global Security, 24 August 2009.

On Related Sites
Sheikh Mohammed Receives Fujairah Crown Prince and Well-Wishers: Article and Video, Fujairah in Focus, 25 August 2009.

Harrison Ford Adds to the America’s Cup Drama, America’s Cup in the UAE, 23 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: A UAE F-16E Desert Falcon, block 60, flies over Southern Arizona Aug. 11 before heading to the country's first Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport maintains and operates a squadron of block 60s for the purpose of training the UAE air force in the advanced multi-role fighter.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Can a Christian Learn from Ramadan?

What can Christians learn from Muslims during Ramadan?

Is there wisdom that can be obtained from the 30-day fast – one of Islam’s five Pillars?

Yvonne Davis, President and CEO of Davis Communications asks this question in today’s edition of the Huffington Post.

She comes up with some positive answers and practical implication.

Part of her answer came from making visits to the Emirates.

Link
Yvonne R Davis, Can a Christian Learn from Ramadan? Huffington Post, 24 August 2009.

Related
Brian McLaren, a Christian, tells why he is joining Muslims on the fast of Ramadan in 2009, Ramadan 2009: Part 1 What’s Going On.

Brian McLaren is keeping a journal of his Ramadan Fast. Here is his Ramadan Prayer on Day 1, Ramadan 2009: Day 1.

Interactive: Ramadan, a Time to Reflect, Gulf News.

On Related Sites
Rae Fish Pulled Up in Fujairah, Experiencing the Emirates, 24 August 2009.

Harrison Ford Adds to the America’s Cup Drama, America’s Cup in the UAE, 23 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: ‘The Ramadan crescent moon…is a distinguishing symbol of the holy month. The moon is seen above a mosque (Photo courtesy of Gulf News).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ramadan in the Heat of Dubai, UAE

A Muslim man reads the Koran, Islam's holy book, as he sits inside a mosque in Dubai on the third day of the fasting month of Ramadan on August 24, 2009.

During the month of Ramadan Muslims abstain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset.

The soaring summer temperature force many Muslims to spend long hours in air conditioned mosques.

Link
Agence France-Presse Photos: Flickrfan, 24 August 2009. (Photo courtesy of Karim Sahib and AFP).

On Related Sites
Rare Fish Pulled Up in Fujairah, Fujairah in Focus, 24 August 2009.

Harrison Ford Adds to the America’s Cup Drama, America’s Cup in the UAE, 23 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

Ask him for details about advertizing and links on his sites.

Camels Slaughtered in Australia while Camel Festivals Held in the Emirates

On the surface, the attitude of Aussies and Emiratis towards camels couldn’t be more different.

Care for a Camel Burger?
Camels in Oz were imported from the Middle East but the Australian government is flying in marksmen on helicopters to shoot 650,000 camels which will be turned into burgers and other meaty treats.

The action is creating a roar in the big brown land. With more than a million of the humped beasts on the continent the camels are creating havoc in the outback where the vegetation is scarce. They are taking the grass needed by other animals and they are breaking water pipes in their quest for water.

$16 million is the cost to cull the camels! One wonders how much they will get in return for the sale of camel burgers.

Meanwhile in the Emirates
The culling and killing of all these camels would seem haram [forbidden; anathema] to Emiratis who have just commenced Ramadan.

Camel Milk Chocolates
Emiratis do serve camel meat dishes but they are better known for their camel beauty contests, their growing industry with Camelicious (camel milk) and the sale of camel milk chocolates which is going viral.

Almost Bigger than Melbourne Cup
This month (from 25 August to the end of Eid) the Marmoom Ramadan Camel Festival is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council. The festival takes the form of camel races for different age groupings and types of camel, with associated cultural events.

The best camel, the Marmoom Star, will receive a cash prize of AED4 million (Aus $A1,297,854 Australian; $US1,088,998), which is a large sum even if it is not as much as the $A5,650,000 prize for the winner of this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Return Camels to Arabia
With the camel milk chocolate farm in the UAE finding they can’t produce enough camels to keep up with their Lady Godiva treats and camels in the Emirates fetching prices of up to $2.7 million, one wonders if the Aussies have talked to the Emiratis about their camel surplus. Has Prime Minister Rudd spoken to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum with a view to returning the camels to the Arabian Peninsula from whence they came?

Ramadan Pardon for Camels
In this Ramadan season of pardon, could not His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, save 650,000 camels from their death sentence and agree to ship them back to the Emirates?

Links
Australian Government Considers Trimming Camel Population, AP, 10 August 2009.

Brendan Borrell, Camel Burgers: Australia Plans to Shoot 650,000 Camels, Scientific American Blog, 11 August 2009.

DMI’s Dubai Racing to Offer exclusive Coverage of Marmoom Ramadan camel Festival, Dubai City Guide, 20 August 2009.

Further
UAE Camels Working Hard to Produce Camel Milk Chocolate, ETE, 23 July 2009.

Camel Milk—Taste and See, ETE, 25 October 2006.

10 Reasons to Pet or Ride a Camel When you Visit the Emirates, ETE, 3 June 2009.

On Related Sites
Fujairah Ruler Extends Ramadan Greetings, Fujairah in Focus, 23 August 2009.

Harrison Ford Adds to the America’s Cup Drama, America’s Cup in the UAE, 23 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: “They are taking the grass needed by other animals.”

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Photo Blogging the Emirates

UAE Photos
I recently spotted a Photo Blog with some delightful photos of the UAE, including some of my own emirate of Fujairah.

These pictures, with very little text, reminded me of how much beauty and truth can be expressed through pictures.

There are photos of the desert sand, the Hajar Mountains, the cracked mud in a dry Fujairah dam and the markets.

This one (pictured) is of “the medina (old city in Arabic) of Dubai…it is a magical place… rich in colors, aromas and wonderful people”.

Photo Blogger
The photos are taken by former community organizer and current freelance photo journalist, Carolina Contreras.

Carolina graduated in May 2009 from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, USA, with a double major in French and Peace & Justice Studies.

She was born in the Dominican Republic and is planning to return there for two months this September to see the country through adult eyes and through the lens of her camera.

Passions
Carolina is passionate about helping others, learning languages and culture, writing poetry (in French and English) and photography.

UAE Internship
In the month of August Carolina has been undertaking a photo internship and she tells how she got the opportunity in this article.

Camera
Carolina’s ‘third eye’ is her Nikon D60 (DSLR) camera with two different lens, 18-55 and 55-200mm.

Carolina says, “A picture can definitely say a lot…I really enjoy expressing myself through my pictures.”

Check out Carolina’s blog site which is constantly growing with new photos, articles and poems.

Link
Mis Aventuras/My Adventures

On Related Sites
Fujairah Ruler Extends Ramadan Greetings, Fujairah in Focus, 23 August 2009.

Harrison Ford Adds to the America’s Cup Drama, America’s Cup in the UAE, 23 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: Thanks to Carolina for permission to post her photo.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sheikh Mohammed Pardons 595 Prisoners on First Day of Ramadan

The personal website of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum announced the following statement:

“In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered (22 August 2009) the release of 595 prisoners from Dubai punitive and corrective institutions to mark the occasion of Ramadan. Sixty-two of those pardoned inmates were UAE nationals.”

“Dubai Attorney General Essam Al Humaidan expressed profound gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed for the humanitarian and social gesture which would have far-reaching good impact on the families of the released prisoners.”

“Al Humaidan said the public prosecution would coordinate with the Dubai Police and Dubai Punitive and Correctional Establishments to put Sheikh Mohammed's order in place.”

“He added that executive measures would be taken to release the prisoners who have served different periods of their jail terms.”

Ramadan Pardon
On the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, this announcement signals a major act of pardon involving not only the liberation of almost six hundred individuals but a significant decision that will affect the lives of their families and loved ones.

This decision is most timely, as it expresses and models the Ramadan spirit of pardon, forgiveness, restoring relationships and the hope of a new start.

Link
‘Mohammed Pardons 595 Prisoners’, Personal Website, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, 22 August 2009.

Related
Sheikh Mohammed Called ‘Sheikh Mo Mentum’ at the US Horse Racing Sales, ETE, 13 August 2009.
More on Mohammed the Facebooking Twittering Sheikh of Dubai, UAE, ETE, 7 August 2009.
Make Sure to Connect with Sheikh Mohammed’s Correct Facebook Page, ETE, 16 July 2009.
Sheikh Mohammed Gets Public Page on Facebook and Thousands of Fans, ETE, 15 July 2009.
Sheikh Mohammed Showered With Birthday Greetings and Facebook Gifts, ETE, 31 July 2009.
Connect With Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid on Facebook, ETE.
Sheikh Mohammed Gains Too Many Friends on Facebook, ETE.
Follow Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai on Twitter, ETE.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Judged One of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, ETE.
Poems Give Most Revealing Glimpse of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum, ETE.
Sheikh Mohammed Hailed as Most Powerful in Horse Racing Industry, ETE.
Sheikh Mohammed Pays Record Price for Aussie Horse Racing Deal, ETE.
Sheikh Mohammed’s Ambitions for Middle East, ETE.
Sheikh Mohammad Models Rare Style of Leadership, ETE.
Sheikh Mohammed’s Leadership is Honoured, ETE.
New Website for H H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ETE.
Dubai and Sheikh Mohammed on 60 Minutes Video, ETE.

On Related Sites
Ramadan 2009 Prayer Timings for Fujairah UAE, Fujairah in Focus, 21 August 2009.

America’s Cup Makes History Today, America’s Cup in the UAE, 22 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

Ask him for details about advertizing and links on his sites.

Image: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Ramadan in Recession

The Wall Street Journal has an article this week in which it catalogs some of the downward trends that provide a difficult backdrop to the experience of Ramadan in 2009.

Scaling Back
In particular the WSJ mentions UAE companies scaling back on lavish iftar meals (usually seen as networking arenas), a drop in demand for businesses to sponsor a Ramadan tent (again business promotional opportunities), iftar being moved indoors to save on tent rental and air conditioning, hotels recording lower corporate bookings and the property and economic slump.

The question underlying this article is whether the economic hardship and compulsory belt-tightening is robbing Muslims this year of the joy that Ramadan normally brings.

Stealing Ramadan?
A related article appears in the popular Huffington Post. Adapting its message from the book by Dr Seuss, ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’, author Jamal Dajani, entitles his article, ‘How the Grinch Stole Ramadan.’

Terrorism and Murder
Dajani looks at the impact of the global downturn but he also notes other factors he believes have robbed the world of Ramadan this year, especially swine flu and terrorism. He specifically cites the recent instances of violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia as illustrations of “the staggering statistics of Muslims killing Muslims.”

The writer highlights the intellectual difficulty that such slaughter raises:

“I never understood how someone could fast from food and water to perform one of the pillars of Islam and still order the killing of the innocent. Shouldn’t fasting begin by putting an end to the killing?”

99.9% of Muslims would say ‘Yes’ to Dajani’s question and would be spending this holy month, praying for peace to abound in all the dimensions of life throughout the world.

The small, evil minority poses painful questions for Dajani and for us all, but the exceptional examples should not be the measure upon which an entire religion is judged.

Ramadan Stolen in 2009?
People of genuine faith know that hardship and shortage of dollars cannot rob them of the joy of a holy season and the solidarity that is derived from being on this journey together. On the contrary, far from Ramadan being stolen, the festival credits believers with a richer significance at such a time.

Religion Thriving in Recession
Dr Harry Emerson Fosdick, who talked many Americans through the Great Depression and World War II, often spoke of the upside-down truth of how religion thrives in a time of hardship and recession.

The Uncle Remus story he often used involves Brer Rabbit who was helplessly stuck while Brer Fox was wondering how to dispose of him.

“Please don’t throw me in the briar patch,” Brer Rabbit pleads, prompting Brer Fox to do exactly that.

Because rabbits are at home among the briars, the resourceful rabbit skips away proclaiming, “Born and bred in a briar patch, Brer Fox. Born and bred in a briar patch.”

People of faith would echo the rabbit’s chorus. The year of 2009 is tough but the difficulties make us consider the things that are most valuable and enduring. Far from these painful experiences putting an end to us, Fosdick reminds us of the countercultural truth, that religious faith is “born and bred in a briar patch.”

Ramadan Mubarak!

Links
Stefania Bianchi, Ramadan Feels the Pinch, WSJ, 21 August 2009.
Jamal Dajani, How the Grinch Stole Ramadan, Huffington Post, 21 August 2009.

On Related Sites
Ramadan 2009 Prayer Timings for Fujairah UAE, Fujairah in Focus, 21 August 2009.

America’s Cup Makes History Today, America’s Cup in the UAE, 22 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

Ask him for details about advertizing and links on his sites.

Image: “UAE companies are scaling back on lavish iftar meals (the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during Ramadan).”

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ramadan 2009 Prayer Timings for UAE


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Timings
The Prayer Timings (pictured) for the Holy month of Ramadan are calculated for Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Source
Calculations are provided courtesy of Islamic Finder.Org

Adjustments
Adjustments for regional locations in relation to Dubai timings:

Abu Dhabi: + 5 minutes
Sharjah: - 1 minute
Fujairah: - 4 minutes
RAK: - 4 minutes

Consult Local Authority
Accurate calculation methods have been employed but people are advised to consult with their local mosque for accurate timings in a certain location.

Translations
Fahr: Dawn
Dhuhr: Noon
Asr: Afternoon
Magrib: Sunset
Isha: Nightfall

Fasting
Fasting hours are in bold—between fahr and magrib.

Suhur
Some charts also provide times for suhur (pre-dawn breakfast), which is usually taken 15 minutes prior to fahr.

Link
Ramadan 2009 Prayer Times Schedule, Dubai-UAE, Islamic Finder.Org.
Related Ramadan Resources
Sheikh Mohammed Pardons 595 Prisoners on First Day of Ramadan, ETE, 22 August 2009.
Ramadan in Recession, ETE, 22 August 2009.
Paying and Cancelling Debts this Ramadan in the UAE, ETE, 20 August, 2009.
Determining the Beginning of Ramadan in the UAE, ETE, 18 August 2009.
Preparing for Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates, ETE, 19 August 2009.
Tips Provided by the UAE for Traveling in a Muslim Country, ETE, 6 August 2009.
Ramadan Increasingly Captive to Commercialism, ETE, 27 May 2009.
What to Wear in the United Arab Emirates, ETE, 21 May 2009.
Look Back on Ramadan in the Emirates, ETE, 1 October 2008.
Images of Ramadan in the UAE, ETE, 25 September 2008.
Send the Right Message for Ramadan and Eid, ETE, 24 September 2008.
Drive the Fast Lane this Ramadan with a New Audi, ETE, 11 September 2008.
Smoking and Dietary Patches Ease Pain of Ramadan Fast, ETE, 10 September 2008.
Ramadan Reflection on Fasting and Feasting, ETE, 10 September 2008.
Ramadan Reflection on Building for the Homeless, ETE, 2 September 2008.
Ramadan Reflection on Banning Music Videos, ETE, 1 September 2008.
Ramadan Reflection on Simplifying Life, ETE, 1 September 2008.
Ramadan a Time for Cleansing and Giving to the Needy, ETE, 31 August 2008.

On Related Sites
Fujairah in Focus News, views, people, issues and dreams from Fujairah, UAE.

America’s Cup in the UAE UAE perspectives on the competition, February 2010.

Dr Geoff Pound

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Saturday the First Day of Ramadan in UAE

The Moonsighting Committee met this evening after prayers, gazed up into the skies and agreed that they had seen what they needed to declare that this Saturday, 22 August 2009, is the day when Ramadan will commence in the UAE.

Saturday will be the first day of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan Kareem!

Links
Samir Salama, UAE Moonsighting Committee Announce Saturday as First Day of Ramadan, Gulf News, 20 August 2009 (10.22pm UAE time).

Rasha Elass, Ramadan to Begin on Saturday, The National, 20 August 2009 (10.23pm UAE time).

Determining the Beginning of Ramadan in the UAE, ETE, 18 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: The crescent moon.

Paying and Cancelling Debts this Ramadan in the UAE

One of the valuable aspects of Ramadan is that it is a time for the payment and cancellation of debts but which debts in the UAE will be at the heart of this holy imperative?

Forgive Us our Debts
According to WAM (19 August 2009), the cancellation of debts is already being modeled in the America’s Cup emirate:

“H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, crown prince and deputy ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, has ordered the release of 84 prisoners from the emirate's Punitive and Correctional Establishments on the occasion of the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.”

It was further mentioned that the release include settlement of debts and other financial commitments of the pardoned inmates and that the pardon would provide the prisoners with a second opportunity to reunion with the families and become good citizens.

Month of Liberation
Ramadan was first called a period of ‘purification’ and ‘cleansing’. It is a time for getting relationships right, paying off bills and building trust with those to whom we owe money.

Pay Up
The onus is on the person in debt to pay up and part of the motivation given by Ramadan is that if the debt is unpaid, believers will be asked about it on the Day of Judgment! In Islam, Allah is seen to be concerned about finance and restoring the relationships that debt often spoils.

What If You Cannot Pay?
People are not encouraged to opt out of responsibility while waiting for a benevolent ruler to cancel one’s debts. But what happens when you are unable to pay off the debts? What happens about the credit card bills, the car loans and the mountain of bills that quickly accumulate when you have lost your job through a recession?

The huge numbers of expats skipping the UAE this year has largely been due to the loss of jobs and income and the high probability of imprisonment for failing to meet their financial commitments. No doubt there are many expats now back in their homelands wrestling with their consciences, wishing it hadn’t happened in this way and wondering whether there are still means by which they can make amends. Judging by the number and intensity of the comments on Internet web sites there are hundreds of former UAE expats hoping the international debt collectors will not be knocking on their front doors.

Ramadan in Time of Recession
What does the Ramadan message have to say about debt caused by a recession? Many writers have already commented on the lack of opportunity for debt counseling, mediation and negotiation and such practices in the UAE would help to overcome the skipping syndrome and open the way to more creative and mutually responsible solutions.

Could some amnesty be granted by the UAE government for expats now (hopefully employed) back in their home country to pay off their debts without incurring punishment and so enabling them to make recompense?

Could the UAE leadership grant a pardon on expat debtors (outside the country and within) rather than leaving the situation incomplete and unresolved?

These questions may well appear to be simplifying what is a complex issue and one which if done according to the book may well require unique responses. What does the Ramadan spirit have to say about this type of debt? What is the application of the following texts for the current unprecedented situation in the Emirates?

‘Best for You’
According to the holy Koran a key aspect of Ramadan charity (sadaqa) involves the forgiving of debts and it sees this as a win-win situation:

“If the debtor is in difficulty, grant him time till it is easy for him to repay, but if you forgive it by way of charity, it is best for you, if you only knew.” (2:280)

The holy Koran commends individuals for taking responsibility for their finances, paying their dues, the value of giving time for repayment and an easy repayment process for the person who is in debt.

The Islamic scriptures also applauds the gracious initiative by those with power and wealth to choose the better way, for those who have no power to set the relationships right.

Making Atonement
Furthermore, the cancelling of punishment or debt “is an act of atonement for himself.” (Koran 5:45)

This means that cancelling debt by the powerful is not simply a matter of dirhams and debt but people coming to a state of at-one-ment.

Pronouncing Absolution
Who knows the dirham figure on the mountain of debt that is currently stockpiled in the UAE? Is it too high to tackle? Is it beyond the spirit and calling of Ramadan to be addressed?

In July 2008, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan granted ‘debt forgiveness’ to the government of Iraq. Officials said the pardon was to the level of $4 billion but financial experts calculated that if interest had been factored in, the cancelation was worth $7 billion.

The payment of international debts and the setting of prisoners free are good and laudable actions but the Ramadan message must be worked out in the lives of ordinary people who yearn for mercy and relationships to be set right.

Links
RAK Ruler Pardons 84 Prisoners, WAM, 19 August 2009.

Alarm at High Number of Australians on the Wrong Side of the UAE Law, ETE, 28 July 2009.

Thousands Skip UAE Without Paying Debts While Honest Ones Pay Dearly, ETE, 25 May 2009.

On Related Sites
Photo Blogging Fujairah, Fujairah in Focus, 19 August 2009.

Will the Cat Have the Advantage over the Trimaran at the America’s Cup? America’s Cup in the UAE, 19 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: “What does the Ramadan spirit have to say about this type of debt?”

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Looking Down on Abu Dhabi

Ever wondered what the city of Abu Dhabi looks like from high up in the sky at night?

The Telegraph has got ‘the richest city in the world’ snapped (pictured) and part of its ‘Cities at Night from Space’ series.

No details given about elevation or the date when this picture was taken.

Other Cities
If you’re interested in seeing what other cities look like this site has a range—London, Houston, El Paso, Montreal, Sao Paulo, Las Vegas, Anvers, Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid, Athens, Cairo, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Phoenix and Miami.

Ramadan Sighting
Here’s hoping that the sky will be this clear when the Ramadan Committee looks for the crescent moon to determine the commencement of the holy month.

Link
Cities at Night from Space, Telegraph, 10 August 2009.

Fujairah the Scene of a Fantastique Spy Escape, Fujairah in Focus, 18 August 2009.

Educating Americans—the Greatest Benefit of Holding America’s Cup in UAE, America’s Cup in the UAE, 18 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: Looking down on Abu Dhabi. CLICK TO MAGNIFY. [Thanks to my friend who spotted I had posted Riyadh instead of AD! It is right now.]

More information from Izismile where they have also posted this: "The pics were taken by NASA astronauts from the International Space Station. At first, the pics were not interesting because all of them were blurred, but techniques and devices evolved over the years and now, you can have beautiful clear photos. One interesting thing is that Tokyo seen by night is rather green while other cities are more orange/yellow. In fact, the majority of the urban area in Tokyo has light green mercury vapour lamps instead of orange sodium vapour lamps."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Determining the Beginning of Ramadan in the UAE

Start of Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan follows the Muslim lunar calendar, starting and ending with the sighting of the new moon.

The decision is based on a combination of sightings of the moon and astronomical calculations.

UAE Authority
The official determination and announcement of the start of Ramadan is done officially at the government level.

On 17 August 2009 the UAE news agency WAM reported:

“H.E. Dr. Hadef Jowan Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, issued today a resolution formulating the Ramadan moon sighting committee for the Hijri year 1430 (2009).”

“The committee is chaired by the minister himself and its membership includes representatives from the Ministry of Justice, General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE), Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD), the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD), Emirates Astronomical Society (EAS) and UAE Amateur Astronomers Association.”

Look Out for the Crescent
“The resolution called on Sharia Courts across the country to look out for the Ramadan moon crescent and report the evidence to the committee so as to determine the beginning of the fasting month.”

Meeting Thursday
“The Committee will convene on Thursday, 29th of Shaban 1430 (20th August 2009) after sunset (Maghreb) prayer at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.”

Announcement
In some countries the announcement is made with the beating of a drum or sounded from the loudspeakers from each mosque.

Cloudy Skies?
What if the sky above Abu Dhabi is thick with smoke, smog or cloud? That’s a challenge. It just makes the job of the sighting of the moon a little tougher.

Link
Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee to Meet Next Thursday, WAM, 17 August 2009.

On Related Sites
Fujairah the Scene of a Fantastique Spy Escape, Fujairah in Focus, 18 August 2009.

Putting Culture into 33rd America’s Cup by Racing in Arab Dhows, America’s Cup in the UAE, 17 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: An officer of Brunei's Islamic authority looks through a telescope as he performs "rukyah", the sighting of the new moon for Ramadan, over the skies of Bukit Agok outside Bandar Seri Begawan August 31, 2008. Muslims scan the sky at dusk at the end of their lunar calendar's eighth month in search of the new moon to proclaim the beginning of Ramadan. (Photo courtesy of Boston’s The Big Picture ‘Observing Ramadan, 2008 and REUTERS/Ahim Rani).

Monday, August 17, 2009

Preparing for Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates

When?
Ramadan is likely to start around the 22 August 2009 but this is subject to confirmation by astronomers.

Some ways that Ramadan is shaping life, mainly in the Emirates this month.

A Time of Feasting and Hospitality
120 Choices of Dates for Feasting
“Dates and buttermilk are the traditional first bites taken by Muslims at sunset to end the fast during Ramadan.”

Restaurant Have Sweet Deals

Reduced Food Prices
Easing the burden of hospitality.

Healthy Cooking Options
Ramadan is a month of fasting but it is usually a time when people stack on the weight!

Iftar Meals
Iftar tents offer thousands of free meals to the less fortunate during Ramadan.

Ramadan Routines
Ramadan: Manage Your Time
“Daily routine undergoes a complete change during Ramadan, which impacts work schedules, time management and energy levels.”

Reduced Working Hours-Government Offices

School Hours

Ramadan for UAE Expats
Expats Cherish Ramadan Traditions
“As the month is fast approaching, [UAE] residents recollect their traditions back home with nostalgia.”

Cheap air fares to help expats return home and share Ramadan with your family.

Christians Joining in with Ramadan
Ramadan 209: Part 1 What’s Going on?
North American Christian, Brian McLaren writes in his blog:

“This year, I, along with a few Christian friends (and perhaps others currently unknown to us will want to join in) will be joining Muslim friends in the fast which begins August 21. We are not doing so in order to become Muslims: we are deeply committed Christians. But as Christians, we want to come close to our Muslim neighbors and to share this important part of life with them."

Giving to the Poor
Spreading the Spirit of Ramadan

Remembering Ramadan Rationale
Don’t Forget Ramadan’s Original Goals

Ramadan is About Sharing and Forgiving

On Related Sites
Branding Fujairah, Fujairah in Focus, 13 August 2009.

Take a Look at BMW/Oracle Racing BOR 90 in San Diego This Week, America’s Cup in the UAE, 16 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: Ramadan Time.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Aussies and Kiwis are Engrossed in the Abu Dhabi v Dubai Rivalry

UAE Rivalry
Melbourne v Sydney.
Auckland v Wellington.
Serena v Venus

Australians and New Zealanders are wondering this last weekend who will win the rivalry of the Emirates: Dubai v Abu Dhabi.

Dubai
Sydney Morning Herald travel writer, Michelle Wranik, considers the advantages of Dubai with its skyscrapers, hotels, malls and its charismatic ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Abu Dhabi
The capital of the UAE is painted as rich, reserved (in comparison to Dubai’s glitz) and emerging, especially into the Middle Eastern capital of culture. With universities being built and the F1 Grand Prix being snared, AB could be a force to reckon with in another 5-10 years.

Decision
See to which city do you think Wranik gives the winning verdict or are you as the traveler meant to visit and decide for yourself?

‘Comparisons are Odious’
Shakespeare was right. Why do we whip up city competition by pitting city against city? Playing favourites among children or partners is a dangerous occupation. And, to think down in the Antipodes, from Perth to Palmerston North, they are debating this weekend the merits of the two largest cities in the Emirates!

Thank God these two cities are emerging with different personalities, with their unique contribution to make and governed by leaders who are committed to a United Arab Emirates.

Links
Michelle Wranik, Big, Bigger, Biggest, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Times, Western Australia Today, 15 August 2009.

Michelle Wranik, What’s Better—Dubai or Abu Dhabi? Stuff.Co.NZ, 17 August 2009.

[These articles are the same except for the tweaking with the Melbourne/Sydney rivalry in the Aussie papers and the Auckland/Wellington example in the NZ article—the ease of syndication].

On Related Sites
Take a Look at BMW/Oracle Racing BOR 90 in San Diego This Week, America’s Cup in the UAE, 16 August 2009.

Branding Fujairah, UAE, Fujairah in Focus, 13 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: “Two cities are emerging with different personalities…”

Dubai’s Beautiful World Record Fountain Makes a Splash

The popular site Web Urbanist asks, ‘What is it that fascinates us about moving water?’

It posts pictures and a spray of commentary about the Dubai Fountain and 16 more fountains, waterfalls and water sculptures that are among the most celebrated , the most beautiful and the most interesting in the world.

Dubai Fountain in Burj Dubai
About the Dubai Fountain, Web Urbanist has this caption:

“The Dubai Fountain in Burj Dubai, UAE, is billed as the largest and most technologically advanced fountains in the world. The $218 million fountain was unveiled in May of 2009.”

“While it’s similar to the famed Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, it’s 25% bigger and boasts water sprays as high as a 50-story building. But even more impressive than the facts and figures is the sheer beauty of the lighted water show. It’s nothing short of breathtaking.”

Watch the Performance
If you can’t get to Dubai to see the fountain, here is a video clip of its performance to the song, ‘Con te Partirò (Time to Say Goodbye) with Andrea Bocelli.



Plumbing the Depths
To get more information on the specifications of this tall fountain, its cost, technology, the performances to which it plays (Hindi, Emirati, Arabic) and the best viewing places, check this link.

Fountain Fan
You can become a Fan, see more pictures and get updates about the ‘Dubai Fountain—Biggest Fountain in the World’ by clicking on this Facebook link.

Other 16 fluidly Fantastic Fountains
The Dubai Fountain is the first in the galaxy of fountains displayed by Web Urbanist.

Go with the flow and have a look at the other fountains:


Public Art Waterfalls New York;
Water Forest Tacoma Washington;
Water Whirler, Wellington. New Zealand;
Charybdis, Sunderland, England;
Archibald Fountain, Sydney, Australia;
Fountain of Wealth, Singapore;
Banpo Bridge, Seoul, Korea;
Friendship of Nations Fountain, Moscow, Russia;
Kanazawa Station Fountain Clock, Kanazawa, Japan;
Water Writing Fountain and Dancing Water Fountain, Canal City, Japan;
La Joute Fountain, Montreal, Quebec;
Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, Illinois;
King Fahd’s Fountain, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia;
Fontana del Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy.

Got a favourite?

Link
Delana, 17 Fluidly Fantastic Fountains and Water Sculptures, Web Urbanist, 12 August 2009.

On Related Sites
Branding Fujairah, UAE, Fujairah in Focus, 13 August 2009.

RAK Hotel in Hot Water over Alleged Photo Theft, America’s Cup in the UAE, 15 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at)gmail.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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Image: Dubai Fountain.