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An expat in the Gulf | Sultanate of Oman | Abu Dhabi Heritage Village | Abu Dhabi, 1998, 2010 & 2012

An expat in the Gulf

My Arabian home for two years in the mid-Eighties was a spacious apartment above Hamdan Street, the main shopping strip of Abu Dhabi, fast-growing federal capital of the United Arab Emirates.

I revelled in views on three sides: to the teeming Indian shanty-town behind, now razed, to busy Hamdan Street five floors below, reawakening from its midday torpor in the cool of dusk; and a glimpse of the glittering, shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf (never call it Persian!), alive with shoals of sailfish.

Until the early Sixties Abu Dhabi was an impoverished fishing village clinging to a barren sand spit. At that time, older residents remembered vividly the days before petroleum, when Abu Dhabi named Home of the Gazelle by an early Bedouin hunting party comprised a single mud fort and a cluster of palm thatch huts, populated by miserably-poor pearl divers.

Returning after fourteen years I found a more mature, settled city, minus many of its adolescent pimples. Returning again in 2010 and 2012, I recognised almost nothing of the city I thought I knew. Saddened to learn the Mainland Hash House Harriers (MH3) are no more, but the Emirates Natural History Group, the impetus for so many excursions out into the desert, goes from from strength to strength.

These images are all scans from much-handled 35mm negative and transparency stock.






A mosque at night, Abu Dhabi
A mosque at night, Abu Dhabi
Minarets, Abu Dhabi
Minarets, Abu Dhabi
Main city mosque and vegetable market, downtown Abu Dhabi
Main city mosque and vegetable market, downtown Abu Dhabi
The mosque in Airport Road, with the Old Fort behind.
The mosque in Airport Road, with the Old Fort behind.
Looking down Khalifa Street from Airport Rd
Looking down Khalifa Street from Airport Rd
Downtown Abu Dhabi seen from above Hamdan Street, UAE, 1984-85
Downtown Abu Dhabi seen from above Hamdan Street, UAE, 1984-85
Looking north over the port from my office in the Tourist Club district
Looking north over the port from my office in the Tourist Club district
Hash House Harriers jogging back to base
Hash House Harriers jogging back to base
Fifty runs with the Mainland Hash House Harriers!
Fifty runs with the Mainland Hash House Harriers!
Mainland Hash House Harriers' beach hut
Mainland Hash House Harriers' beach hut
Mainland Hash House Harriers' entry in the annual A.D. Raft Race
Mainland Hash House Harriers' entry in the annual A.D. Raft Race
The dhowyard at Bateen, Abu Dhabi in 1984
The dhowyard at Bateen, Abu Dhabi in 1984
Shipwright working on a dhow keel, Bateen, Abu Dhabi (1998)
Shipwright working on a dhow keel, Bateen, Abu Dhabi (1998)
Work in progress at Bateen dhow-building yard, Abu Dhabi, 1984
Work in progress at Bateen dhow-building yard, Abu Dhabi, 1984
'Hotel Deluxe', Abu Dhabi
'Hotel Deluxe', Abu Dhabi
An Indian baker in the now-vanished shantytown behind my apartment
An Indian baker in the now-vanished shantytown behind my apartment
Arab nationals take a break for coffee
Arab nationals take a break for coffee
Camel race track, Abu Dhabi
Camel race track, Abu Dhabi
Parking directions at a camel race track,  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Parking directions at a camel race track, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Camels with their owner at a race track outside Abu Dhabi, UAE
Camels with their owner at a race track outside Abu Dhabi, UAE
Four Arab Nationals passing the time
Four Arab Nationals passing the time
Desert irrigation project, Al Ain, UAE
Desert irrigation project, Al Ain, UAE
Liwa Oasis on the edge of the Empty Quarter
Liwa Oasis on the edge of the Empty Quarter
Road to nowhere... en route to the Liwa Oasis
Road to nowhere... en route to the Liwa Oasis
A lone Bedu rides into Al Ain
A lone Bedu rides into Al Ain
Three Baluchi labourers, the guys who did all the real work
Three Baluchi labourers, the guys who did all the real work
Chicken sellers at the Dubai Souq (market), UAE, 1984
Chicken sellers at the Dubai Souq (market), UAE, 1984
Fresh-caught fish at the Dubai Souq (market), UAE, 1984
Fresh-caught fish at the Dubai Souq (market), UAE, 1984
Traditional mudbrick windtower house in Bastakiya, Dubai (1984)
Traditional mudbrick windtower house in Bastakiya, Dubai (1984)
Dubai's Bastakia quarter, now much restored
Dubai's Bastakia quarter, now much restored
Crewman aboard a dhow, Dubai
Crewman aboard a dhow, Dubai
Dhow crew, Dubai, UAE
Dhow crew, Dubai, UAE
The Creek (Al Khor), Dubai
The Creek (Al Khor), Dubai
Dhow moored alongside the Creek in Dubai
Dhow moored alongside the Creek in Dubai
Souq Al Markazi, Sharjah
Souq Al Markazi, Sharjah
Souq Al Arsah, Sharjah, UAE
Souq Al Arsah, Sharjah, UAE
Bedouin camel train, even then a very rare sight
Bedouin camel train, even then a very rare sight
Jebel Hafit summit road, south of Al Ain
Jebel Hafit summit road, south of Al Ain
Toy soldier in a store in Al Ain
Toy soldier in a store in Al Ain
Arab village children in the Emirates
Arab village children in the Emirates
Gulf Arab boys at the gate of the family home, Wadi Siji, Sharjah
Gulf Arab boys at the gate of the family home, Wadi Siji, Sharjah
Ad Door, believed to be the ruins of an outpost built by the armies of Alexander the Great
Ad Door, believed to be the ruins of an outpost built by the armies of Alexander the Great
Jazirat Al Hamra, a ruined town outside Ras Al Khaimah
Jazirat Al Hamra, a ruined town outside Ras Al Khaimah
Jazirat Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah
Jazirat Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah
A traditional Arab fort, still manned, on the Indian Ocean coast
A traditional Arab fort, still manned, on the Indian Ocean coast
Mosque in an inland village somewhere in the Northern Emirates
Mosque in an inland village somewhere in the Northern Emirates
An oasis at Masfut, below the Hajjar
An oasis at Masfut, below the Hajjar
Date palms flourishing in an oasis
Date palms flourishing in an oasis
A rare waterfall pool, Wadi Agram
A rare waterfall pool, Wadi Agram
All aboard with the Emirates Natural History Group - one of my first opportunities
All aboard with the Emirates Natural History Group - one of my first opportunities
Approaching the Ruus Al Jibaal, north of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Approaching the Ruus Al Jibaal, north of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Exploring the Hajar Mountains around Hatta, in a British Embassy Land Rover
Exploring the Hajar Mountains around Hatta, in a British Embassy Land Rover
Camping in the Hajar Mountains
Camping in the Hajar Mountains
Desert graves in the Hajar Mountains
Desert graves in the Hajar Mountains
Sunset over the Hajar Mountains
Sunset over the Hajar Mountains
The ruined fort at Hayl, near the Indian Ocean coast
The ruined fort at Hayl, near the Indian Ocean coast
Mudbrick fort at Hayl, near the Indian Ocean coast
Mudbrick fort at Hayl, near the Indian Ocean coast
Picnic outside the Indian Ocean town of Dibba
Picnic outside the Indian Ocean town of Dibba
Indian Ocean beach at Badiyah, Fujairah, UAE
Indian Ocean beach at Badiyah, Fujairah, UAE