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Summer Wharf
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Sharjah Friday Beach
Mountain Mosque
Bastakia Creek with Solar Abra
Ajman Cricket
Ajman Morning
Ajman, one of the northern Emirates of the UAE, retains an informal and traditional flavor. On weekend mornings, different strata of society gather on the beach promenade. Some Emirati folk walk in traditional dress, while others cycle or get ready for a cooling swim in the waters of the Gulf.
Ajman Morning                                 32 x 110 cm
The Emirates is a natural center for cricket lovers as the UAE is home to thousands of expatriates from the subcontinent. On weekends, every suitable pitch becomes a cricket field. Here, an improvised game takes place on the beach in Ajman.
Ajman Cricket                                   32 x 110 cm
Bastakia Creek with Solar Abra      120 x 69 cm
Bastakia, a 19th Century community settled first by merchants from Bastak, Iran, is part of Bur Dubai on the southern side of the Dubai Creek. Dubai Municipality has recently invested great efforts to restore traditional dwellings and to assure that modern economic infrastructure allows this historic neighborhood to thrive once again.
For hundreds of years, sturdy wooden dhows were built in the Gulf region to serve ports from Mesopotamia to India and East Africa. This rich maritime tradition is still alive today in many ports of the United Arab Emirates. What looks like a chaotic entanglement is actually the efficient loading and unloading of goods ranging from South Korean refrigerators to pistachios from Iran and toys from China.
Summer Wharf                                 89 x108 cm
The Koura is a rich agricultural region in Lebanon. Here, the rain that falls on Mount Lebanon sustains extensive olive groves that support a stable and in many ways traditional life style. Courtyard houses are only found rarely now. This two-storey example would have served commercial or storage needs on the ground floor and provided residential space on the upper level.
House of the Judge                          72 x 52 cm
The moderate climate of Lebanon encourages much outdoor social life. Below the new lighthouse, (“manara” in Arabic), where the fishermen sit on their perches, one can enjoy a simple meal or have a game of tric-trac and an argileh, or sheesha, as the water pipe is sometimes called.
Manara Palace Café                        53 x 72 cm
Al Merraija Sharjah                           87 x 61 cm
For hundreds of years the Emirate of Sharjah has participated in maritime trade. Much of the north-west coastal lands of the present United Arab Emirates was called Qassimiya in the earliest existing maps of the region. The Al-Qassimi family still rules the Emirate of Sharjah and invests much energy and treasure in protecting its heritage. The preservation of the old wooden dhows as well as the building of splendid mosques and museums is part of that commitment.
There is a stretch of waterfront north of Sharjah city with well-kept public beaches. On weekends, city dwellers from all walks of life come here to relax, swim and picnic. The call to prayer is answered nonetheless.
Sharjah Friday Beach                      48 x 78 cm
The new road from Sharjah city on the Arabian Gulf to Kalba, on the east coast of the UAE facing the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean, cuts through desert, small patches of subsistence farming and inhospitable mountain ranges. A recently built mosque beneath power lines is testament to the forces that are employed to achieve change anchored in tradition: a centre of worship and the technologies that foster communication.
Mountain Mosque                             35 x 109 cm