ABU DHABI DIARY (3)

Another week ends and it has been a reasonably quiet one as life gets back to normal in the sandpit. It’s certainly been quieter than the same week last year, I was reminded yesterday by my “timehop” app (great app for you social media users) that yesterday was the anniversary of my “accident” in the compound swimming pool, which resulted in being rushed to hospital (when I say “rushed” I may be exaggerating, Jo recalls it as more of a leisurely drive) and receiving a number of stitches. You can read about the incident on my previous blog here should you be so inclined.

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SOMETHING ROTTEN

Time goes so fast. Following a lovely two weeks in Spain with Jo and the kids, I find myself back in Abu Dhabi embarking on year two of our adventure. Yesterday morning we flew from Malaga to Manchester, then Jo and the kids headed off for a final 11 days of catching up with various people in the UK, and I caught the overnight flight back to the UAE.

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EID MUBARAK

As I sit here killing the final hour before my taxi arrives to take me to the airport to fly back to the UK, the UAE Government has just announced that the Moon Sighting Committee (it really exists) has witnessed the Shawwal moon (Shawwal being the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar), meaning that Ramadan ends today and the Eid Al Fitr holiday begins tomorrow.

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A GAME OF NUMBERS?

The UAE's population is estimated to be 9.3 million.Over the last couple of weeks I have been keeping myself busy in the evenings by volunteering with INJAZ UAE to run a career development program for a group of students who have secured scholarships from one of the most prestigious companies in Abu Dhabi.

The students were selected after an assessment program that started at an early stage of their schooling and in the next few weeks will head off to the US to complete their final year of school before going to University. When they return to the UAE in four years time they will be in a strong position to secure an attractive job with the government entity that is sponsoring them.

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MIRROR, SIGNAL, MANOUVERE

“Remember: mirror, signal, manouvere”.

They’re having a traffic safety campaign during Ramadan here in the UAE. There are regular slots on the radio where they remind us how to drive, with the help of experts who sagely advise us not to brake too hard because the person who is driving right up our back bumper may crash into us (never mind that they shouldn’t be so close to us in the first place).

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