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A few example-photos from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras al Khaiman. Missing are Ajman, Al Ain, And Fujairah. Together, these emirates form the United arab emirates with its administration residing in Abu Dhabi.

The artificial and disneyfied version of an arab souq with the backdrop of Burj Al Arab in Dubai

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, seen from a yet almost undeveloped neighborhood.


You have probably heard of Ski-Dubai. Gigantic use of electricity in order to produce snow and cool down the facility to mountainous temperatures all just to allow people to ski in the desert.

View on Sharjah’s skyline from Dubai. This emirate sits just north of Dubai and in fact feels like it already belongs to Dubai.

Good times for crane-producers in a new and chic neighborhood of marina island in Abu Dhabi

20120913-111511.jpgPictured above you can see the Sun-Tower and the Sky-Tower. Also on marina Island

A serene evening scene in the northernmost emirate of Ras Al Khaiman.

Following the local customs and laws in the middle east, even western fashion brands appear to react when offering special cuts of clothing that follow the islamic laws of the Sharia. Even so, the countries with the longest ongoing development of foreign investment and influx of tourism, have the highest felt percentage of people ignoring these laws in daily life. This leads to people wearing super tight hot-pants or spaghetti/tank-tops in public places like shopping-malls. I wonder, why some people have little respect for this.

Just as a theoretical practice for thought. Why don’t people allow teachers [with islamic background] in europe to wear their traditional headscarf at school? I guess, because they are afraid, that the cultural practice behind this is not european and it could lead to the “wrong” role-model for the children. Even though I can understand this way of thinking, I ask myself, what is the difference being here in the arab states? Not much really. People don’t want to have other people walking around with too much skin exposed. They are afraid that the cultural practice behind this is not arab and it could also lead to the wrong role-model for children (not to mention the other reasons described in Islam). Both perspectives are based on the same ground and should be respected. Actually I can understand both perspectives, but how can we find solutions that allow all the different cultures to live next to each other?

In countries that depend on a substantial expatriate workforce, this seems to be quite a challenging task. If you add tourism as one of the major streams of revenue, like in the emirate of Dubai, this task becomes even more challenging with the availability of countless public beaches. At the beaches you can find people wearing everything from brazilian cut bikinis to full-body Abayas or male board shorts covering the legs over the knees. I did not have the impression that anyone was annoyed by anyone else on the beach, regardless the attire. Thus, people seem to be able to tolerate one another. The question remains, when do politicians worldwide realize, that some of their people actually are open-minded? I leave it up to you to answer that question, which is not always well below the knee…

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