Fujairah Collage

Fujairah Collage
Some distinctive landmarks in Fujairah

Monday, November 1, 2010

‘So Go Out and Start Creating’ in Fujairah, UAE

Some people who come to live in Fujairah soon loathe the place and are waiting or working to get out of the city as quickly as they can.

Some people come to live in Fujairah, develop a love for the emirate and the lifestyle and are glad to put their roots down.

I often wonder about the vital difference between these two groups and I think it has a lot to do with creativity.

If people come to Fujairah expecting the entertainment to be on tap and nicely presented in exhibitions, global villages or Fujairah World they will be disappointed. Fujairah hasn’t followed Dubai and Abu Dhabi in creating large entertainment playgrounds and amusement parks.

But if people come with a craft to cultivate (pottery making, woodwork), an art to explore (painting, sketching, poetry), a discipline to develop (archaeology, botany, language) or a sporting passion to enjoy (boating, diving, quad biking), then Fujairah gives an inspirational context and contributes a greater margin of free time than is experienced by those who are working and commuting in the UAE’s larger cities.

If one doesn’t come to Fujairah with a craft to hone or a hobby to enjoy, this lifestyle might be the means of testing out one’s passions, discovering some unwrapped gifts and in the process experiencing deep gladness.

I like the way this thought has been captured in the statement typed in the image (posted above):

“Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating.”

If we took this to heart, Fujairah may increasingly become the UAE centre for artists, craftspeople, poets and musicians.

Geoff Pound

This article is also posted on the Fujairah in Focus Facebook Page.

Image: This is your life.... [Source unknown. Click to enlarge]

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