Al Ain (pop 632,000)
United Arab Emirates
April 15, 2016
Friday. The Muslim Sabbath. Al Ain is quiet.
I wander alone downtown. Modern, low-rise office buildings dot the broad streets. No skyscrapers! A pleasant, colorful city.
I find a market area. Only a few shops open. Scarves on display. One in particular? I bargain hard ($20 to $5). And wrap my new cotton treasure around my neck and shoulders.
Holiday! Day off!