Tuesday, 16 December 2008

One Camel, Two Hijabs and the tomb of Sheikh Zayed

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Pretty busy day today..  we headed down to the cultural centre to check out some local history. The boys got to ride a camel - I was too scared.

We then shot over to the Grand Mosque.. it was impressive although the best part was that Denise and Ange had to put on a hijab.  This new mosque was built at the direction of the previous ruler of UAE, Sheihk Zayed, who died in 2004.  He wanted the mosque to be accessible to non-Muslims to promote understanding etc.  His tomb is built on the site and he has a team of guys to constantly sing/ recite the Qur’an around the clock.

We had a lunch at a shopping mall with a huge indoor fountain and shot through to the public beach. This was strictly divided into two areas: single female + family area and separate area for single men.  I think if you were a single man travelling to this part of the world, you would be best off to turn gay, as you probably see more action that way.  Anyway, I was still quite surprised that in the female/ family section bikini's easily outnumbered one-piece outfits and there was even a g-string or two. 

Well I think that's enough detail.. it was all quite interesting from a cultural perspective.  I don't think I could live in this type of environment though - just far too conservative for my liking.

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