I have been travelling recently in Europe and staying in small studio apartments so one of the things that strikes you when you return to the UAE is the spaciousness of most homes.
Generally the ceilings are high, the living rooms ample, the bedrooms big enough in which to swing several cats.
All in all there are generous spaces everywhere you look apart from in the ‘Maid’s Room’ that comes with most UAE houses. (There are small homes around Fujairah and the Emirates but the dominant theme is one of roominess)
One of the main reasons for the big homes is that the UAE families are large with sons and daughters staying at home until marriage and usually after marriage. As the Chinese government recommends (or legislates) that parents should have one child, in the UAE the government is encouraging parents to have at least six children and it offers financial incentives to ensure the growth of the national population.
Pictured is a new home in the making in the Faseel area. It may have some commercial use but it is located in a residential area and there are many colossal homes like this nearby.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: Large Fujairah villa.
This posting is part of the Fujairah Building Boom series that starts at this link.
I enjoy reading about the everyday things that are posted on the Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo blog.
Check out this posting about the typical UAE bathroom entitled, 'What You Might Find in a UAE Toilet/Bathroom/Restroom’.