Many Fujairah residents were congregating for the opening of the Night Souk (market) at 7.30pm (Wednesday 9 September 2009) while workmen were still hammering, vendors were dressing up their stalls and manager of the event, Hanif Sheikh, was besieged with last minute teething problems.
Mr. Shaikh called this a ‘soft’ opening and so it was. Soft, slow and like a Monte Carlo rally which will take a day or two to gather momentum.
Perhaps many were still enjoying their iftar meal and would be out later, maybe even until closing time at 2.00am.
The only business that was ready to roll was the ‘Small Horse Company’ from Dubai which had saddled up, ‘Sudany’ the camel, a grey horse and a cute pony. Young people and children were enjoying their rides around the park.
Slideshow of Opening Night
On Related Sites
Date Fruit Wisdom, Experiencing the Emirates, 9 September 2009.
America’s Cup in the UAE Roundup, America’s Cup in the UAE, 9 September 2009.
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Image: The Perfume Vendors: Not quite alright on the night.