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(Notes for the Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah)

Archive for the desert

Beer Only — البيرة فقط


A refreshing sign in the driest of deserts.  Too bad you’ll only find it at a Kanye concert.
Happy new year!
     — Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

يوم عند السباقات — A Day at the Races


Friday was the first day of racing season. Camel racing season.


Think of all the glamour, the maquillage, the frenzied betting and crowds screaming, the graceful galloping of horse races: it’s none of that. Some thousand camels run dozens at a time in back-to-back races around a horseshoe track near five miles long. Owners shadow their entries in crammed (white) SUVs from an internal track, paved for the first time this year. While the driver speeds ahead in what looks from the inside like rush hour in the desert, the owner clicks a remote control that triggers the camel’s whip.

Oh right — they’re ridden by robots.



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