Dogs, cats, animals......
Aisha, my moroccan friend tell me that for the Muslims the cat is sacred because in the corano there is a history of a cat that give birth on the garment of maometto and he cuted the sleevs to didn't disturb the animals......but the dogs are impures ( she diden't explane me why!).
In any case it's normal to find dogs or cats that lives around restaurants or hotels to have some foods...in the fisherman market of Kor Fakkan the cats where layed in the middle of the fisherman feet waiting for a pieces of shark or tuna, sleeping like in the house...for the dogs the life is a little bit worst....the arab family don't have a true family dog, but around the house always there is a poor dog that receive something from the garbage, but he haven't any care.
My lebanon chef friends that lives here have a american bull but the veterinary don't want to take care of him!!!!
In Dubai there is a volunteer organization that take care of the dogs of the foregneir citizen that when return in their county cannot take the dogs with them....it's the local law, but something is changing cause a lot of foregneir lives in Emirates and they are used to have pets!!!!!
It's a different way to live the natural life!!!!!
It isn’t really a Fujairah local custom tip but a Russian (even a Soviet) local custom tip concerning Fujairah.
Through the sixties and into the early seventies Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain were noted for its colorful, superbly designed postage stamps, the many series of which became - and still are - collectors' prizes.
In far 1966 a 12-years old Russian boy named Sergey, who was a fan of post stamps and already had a great collection, bought a very picturesque set of 9 stamps from a country with a very mysterious name which he had never heard before “Fujairah”. Could he even dream ever find himself in such an exotic country? Of cause, not!
Have you guessed who he was? Yes he was a future VT-member and you know his name, haha, who visited this country (now – Fujairah Emirate in UAE) 42 years later and who wrote this tip.
And you can see these stamps here. And the most amazing thing is the fact that he even saw all the sights in reality about which he could only dream when a boy!!!
January 1966: Stamp Exhibition - Cairo, Egypt
3 n.p. - Queen Nefertiti
5 n.p. - Colossi at Abu Simbel
10 n.p. - Mask of Tutankhamen
15 n.p. - Sphinx at Giza
25 n.p - Statues of Prince Rahotep and Princess Nofret
50 n.p. - First Christian church
1 rp. - Columns of the Great Temple at Philae
2 rp. - Sphinxes on the Nile
5 rp. - Pyramids at Giza
Umm Al Quwain stamps
Excuse my putting here another tip which isn’t really a Fujairah local custom tip but was created when I watched my stamp albums in search of a set of Fujairah stamps (see the previous tip). But how I was surprised when I found another set of stamps which I had never seen before! That set wasn’t mine! I don’t collect stamps last 40 years (since the end of 60th!). But my elder son Pavel collected stamps when he was a boy in far 80th. And he bought a set of stamps from mysterious country Umm al Qiwain! Yes, accepted alternative spellings of Umm Al Quwain include Umm al Qiwain (used on its former postage stamps).
That’s why you can see these stamps here:
Umm al Qiwain January 1969 Horses:
Postage - 25 dh., 50 dh., 75 dh., 1 rl, 2 rl
Air Mail - 1 rl 50 dh., 2 rl 50 dh., 4 rl, 5 rl
According to Kay Horowicz, Umm al Qiwain opened its first post office on 27 November 1963. The shaikhdom issued its first stamps on June 29, 1964. Umm al Qiwain agreed to join the United Arab Emirates on 2 December 1971. On 1 August 1972 the UAE took responsibility for postal operations.
Stone of desires
This stone is located in the Hajjar Mountains on the way from Masafi to Dibba. Usually excursion buses make stops there and so did we. If you sit at this stone and imagine a desire or a dream it will come true for certain – that’s the local custom!
You may watch my high resolution photo of Fujairah on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 25° 23' 44.85" N 56° 11' 0.38" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Stone of desires .
You may watch my high resolution photo of Fujairah on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 25° 23' 44.85" N 56° 11' 0.38" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Stone of desires 2.
Greeting the locals
Men always shake hands. Never offer your hand to a woman unless you have previously been introduced by her father/husband/brother. It can be classed as grossly improper for a woman to shake a stranger (male) hand and she may well cover her hand with her dress before proffering it.
Many older male Emiratis touch noses when meeting. This can be welcoming for them as it shows you have tried to follow their customs. Only try this though with friends of friends, not strangers. You may end up head butting them by mistake!
Never ever attempt to kiss a female Emirati unless you are a woman yourself. A man tried this on with a female (British) friend of ours and he was going to be flogged and sent back to his country of birth. She had to forgive him and he had to apologise to her in public to save himself.
In 8 years of visiting I have yet to see more than a few cats and dogs. Maybe they hide when they see me? :)
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