Archive for the ‘mosque’ Category


Shanghai Sacred Places

December 16, 2016

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

December is time for the Historic Shanghai Sacred Places tour. We enjoyed seeing a variety of religious buildings – some still in use, some turned into museums, and some repurposed to something completely different. To see all the pictures, click here.


Fujairah Morning Sights

February 23, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

large mosque

While I was out early on Friday morning taking pictures of the sunrise, I took a few more of random sights. Starting with the new mosque which is either completed or near completion. There hasn’t been an opening ceremony, yet.

side view of the mosque

It has been interesting watching this building being built over the last year and a half.

view of main dome

The building on the far right is our apartment building. I suspect that we will hear the call to prayer loud and clear from there.

mosque at sunrise

mosque with sun directly behind it

The mosque is a beautiful addition to the skyline.

city skyline silhouetted in front of the sun

The tree in the picture below is interesting and hardy.

bent tree

You never know what you will see, including feral donkeys wondering around. The city is expanding and encroaching on their usual territory.

two feral donkeys in the city


Ramadan 2012

August 7, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

Last week we revisited the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for the iftar meal. This is an excellent program introducing tourists and ex-pats to Emirati food and traditions. The volunteers do a very good job of explaining traditions and are open to any questions.

man and woman dressed in Emirati fashion

We opted for “Eastern wear.”

people seated on cushions

We attended the event with some of our friends.

bedouin man serving coffee

Arabic coffee served by a bedouin.

containers of food laid out on the carpet

The meal.

young Emirati man talking with three women

Several young Emiratis volunteer at the center. During the dinner they mingle with the attendees to converse and answer any questions. Mohammed, from Sharjah, had his hands full in conversing with us. Our friends are all “old timers” in the UAE. DaddyBird and I, with our four years of residency, are the new comers. Mita came to Dubai about the time that young Mohammed was born.

interior of a mosque

After the meal, the group walked to the nearby mosque for a basic introduction to Islamic concepts and rituals.

approximately 50 people seated on the floor in the mosque


traditional buildings lit at night

After a walk back to the cultural center, it was time for dessert and a question/answer session.

dessert dishes laid out on the carpet

Just in case you came to this blog for information on Ramadan, here are the basics: Ramadan is a month in the Arabic (lunar) calendar. During this month, muslims fast during the day (sunrise to sunset). This means no food or liquids. They also exercise discipline by refraining from things like sex or smoking. The goal is to focus on being a better person. Once the sun sets, the fast is broken with an iftar meal. This meal may be done in the home, at the mosque, or at a restaurant. Another meal, suhoor, is eaten in the early morning hours before sunrise and the beginning of the next fast. It is not uncommon to stay awake most or all of the night and sleep during the day. Work hours are usually reduced to 6 hours (8 am to 1 pm, or 9 am to 2 pm). Some businesses close during the day and open after sunset.

For those in Dubai, we recommend the meal related events at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. During the other months (non-Ramadan) they serve both breakfasts and lunches. It is well worth the time and money.


Everywhere You Look

January 17, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

the back of a tanker truck with green and red stripe reflective tape on it

You never know what you are going to see.

close up of the tape on the truck outlining the shape of a mosque

Proof that there are mosques everywhere.

“And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street” – sometimes you don’t need to exaggerate, just keep your eyes peeled.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at night

March 26, 2009

This is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is quite beautiful by day, but even more so at night because it is lit and the lighting changes from white to deep purple and back again.
For those who do not already know, Sheikh Zayed is considered the father of the United Arab Emirates. He was the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and the first president of the UAE when it was established in 1971. He died in 2004 and is buried in the courtyard of this mosque. From what I have read so far, he was a very wise man and good ruler. The same can be said of Sheikh Rashid, the ruler of Dubai when the UAE was established. The current rulers are the sons of these men and are proving to be wise, good rulers as well.


Random and miscellaneous stuff

October 10, 2008

This is one of the textile souks. The souk shops are small rooms, much like the stalls that they have evolved from. Amazingly, the textile shops have only fabric. We indicated we were looking for thread, and they looked at us like they had no idea what we were talking about.

This is a shot of the lawn on campus showing how close to the surface the tree roots are.
I don’t remember where this mosque was. Somewhere on road trip #1.
This is the building across the street. I took this picture because of the satellite dishes on the roof. They attach the dish to the roof then drape the cable over the side of the building and into the appropriate apartment. You can click on the picture to get a larger version to see what I mean.
M.B. asked what American franchises we have here. Here is a Burger King somewhere between Hamriyah beach and Um Al Qwain. There are also KFCs, Starbucks, Subway, McDonalds, Chilis, TGIFridays, Carls Jr, Baskin & Robins, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Cold Stone Creamery, to name a few. It’s way to westernized here!