Life on the ocean wave

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A few days ago, Emi­rati fish­er­man Ali Al Baloushi was at­tacked by a shark off the coast of Khor Fakkan on the east coast. He had been re­port­edly div­ing close to his boat when the shark bit his leg. Luck­ily, the 42-year-old Al Baloushi is mak­ing a good re­cov­ery, but the episode un­der­lines the un­pre­dictable na­ture of life at sea. It also is a re­minder of Khor Fakkan’s proud mar­itime tra­di­tion.

This pho­to­graph taken by Alain Saint Hil­laire in 1973 when he was on a tour of the coun­try, shows a quiet Khor Fakkan town and har­bour with sim­ple low-rise build­ings, a mosque and a boat moored just off the coast. But things were on the move for the Shar­jah en­clave. To­day, fam­i­lies can pic­nic on an ex­panded Cor­niche, rent jet skis and stay nearby at the ren­o­vated Oceanic Ho­tel, while a huge deep­wa­ter port that opened in 1979 can be seen to the right of the har­bour. The moun­tains still pro­vide a stun­ning back­drop.

John Den­nehy

Time Frame is a se­ries that opens a win­dow into the na­tion’s past. Read­ers are in­vited to make con­tri­bu­tions to yourpics@then­ational.ae

Courtesy Alain Saint Hil­laire

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