Peter Hellyer is a writer and consultant specialising in the UAE’s heritage and environment.
He wrote recently for The National about visiting one of his favorite wadis in Fujairah.
Usually it is a ‘magical place’ but now there is the threat of the Abu Dhabi-Fujairah oil pipeline coming near the wadi, destroying much of the landscape during the construction process and disrupting the peace.
Peter concludes his article this way:
“Already too much of the UAE’s mountains are a wasteland of quarries, dust and devastation. It would be nice to think that ‘my’ wadi, and many others like it, would be spared a similar fate.”
Hellyer’s conclusion demands an official response and the assurance that the landscape will be preserved.
Peter Hellyer, Lay Pipelines if you Must, but Don’t Ruin ‘My’ Wadi, The National, 8 June 2009.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: A Fujairah wadi.