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Funerary curiosities

A discussion of funerary customs notably the placement of Aloe vera plants on graves       There was even a type of Aloe which was traditionally planted over the graves because it was thought to give the dead the … Continue reading

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Geoglyphs, stone piles in the UAE

  The art and act of piling stones   Introduction The act and art of moving stones, large and small, have been human activities for millennia; often the purpose has been obvious while on other occasions the rationale has been … Continue reading

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White Stones

  One of the things I enjoyed most in my time in the UAE and Oman was hiking in the Hajar Mountains. Over the period of almost two decades of hiking, I don’t recall ever being some place where there … Continue reading

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Obaid

    For some who come to the United Arab Emirates to live and work, bridging cultural chasms is a challenge that can be unresolved. Building bridges between cultures, among individuals, enriches all who take on the engineering challenge. It … Continue reading

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‘Grand Canyon’

View from bottom of the wadi I called ‘Grand Canyon’ in Oman, near Juwaif. This was one of my favorite places to visit . . . the drive down the steep track into the wadi bed was always fun, as … Continue reading

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