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Sea and Skyline — البحر والأفق


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        Dhows at port — Mina, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Ups and Dhows



Emirati stock exchange: the Dhow Jones. Emirati wedding gift: a dhowry.
Mina: Dhown-and-dirty…
The sun sets over the port.
   — Mina, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Outlook — آفاق


A fisherman sits on the wharf at the end of the day.
     — Outside the Fish Market, Mina, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

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Fish cages — Mina Wharf, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

منتصف الطريق — Middle of the Road

At the fish market near the port and harbor, Mina, everything is way too easy. A four-pound fish fresh from the morning catch, a half-kilo of calamari, another half pound of shrimp — all for about 80 dirham (22 bucks). And around the side of the market, half a dozen grilling and frying experts wait outside their restaurants to spice and cook everything you’ve just bought right on the spot (25 dirham). Get some minty, spicy arabic salad (from the same guys) and a couple lemons (from next door) and it’s without a doubt the best lunch in the city (priceless).

Abu Dhabi is a city that lacks a middle. There isn’t much of a middle class, or a stable one at least — the kind that spends christmases in the UAE. And there aren’t a whole lot of midrange places to eat where a sandwich might cost eight bucks, coffee would cost two, and everything else would be something else average. Everything is either high or low.

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