While the Department of Public Works and Agriculture is renovating the Fujairah Corniche it may be a good time to add some more public art to the city by creating the Bull-Butting Roundabout.
When tourists write about their visit they often note the roundabouts as being among the distinctive features of Fujairah city as well as the northern city of Dibba.
Residents of Fujairah use the roundabouts to give directions as in, “Let’s meet at the shop two buildings down from the Perfume Roundabout.”
If these roundabouts are valuable it stands to reason that as Fujairah grows the city could well benefit from displaying more art on its roundabouts.
The existing roundabouts capture some of the distinctive symbols of Fujairah and Emirati culture—coffee, incense, fish, perfume and the falcon.
Earlier I have suggested the possibility of adding a Fort Roundabout and a Date Roundabout but is there anything that captures more the essence of Fujairah than bull butting?
The roundabout at Al Rughaylat, just south of the bull butting arena towards Kalba would be an ideal location for the Bull Butting Roundabout and would help newcomers to find their way to this ancient weekly event.
Some public art depicting bulls butting on the lush green grass would serve as an apt counterbalance to the Fish Roundabout further down the corniche.
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The Falcon Roundabout in Fujairah Reminds People of High Values, FIF, 31 October 2010.
A New Fort Roundabout in Fujairah Would Tell UAE’s Best Kept Secret, FIF, 19 September 2010.
It’s Time for the New Date Roundabout in Fujairah, FIF, 18 September 2010.
Fishing Lures People to Fujairah and Still They’re Getting Hooked, FIF, 14 September 2010.
Discover What Fujairah is about from its Roundabouts, FIF, 3 September 2010.
The.Roundabout Architecture of Dibba-Fujairah, FIF, 19 December 2010.
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Images: “The roundabout at Al Rughaylat, just south of the bull butting arena towards Kalba would be an ideal location for the Bull Butting Roundabout and would help newcomers to find their way to this ancient weekly event.” (This photo is taken from the Kalba direction, looking down the Corniche Road to the Fujairah commercial business district)