Blog for budding Sheikhspeares entering National Novel Writing Month 2006

November 03, 2006

Close is good enough

I've just approached the 5000 word milestone with 4992 words at the conclusion of my third chapter. My snippet for today,
Alas, there are no parks in the Marina, and the wide beach which fronts the Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), a 40-tower complex, is likely to be inundated with sun-worshipers. It is billed as the largest single-phase residential property development in the world, a boast that seems credible. No doubt the JBR will also emerge as a distinct community--one of mostly expatriate, non-resident apartment owners and the European guests they hope to lure in for short-stays. It will be a beach culture of the exclusive and perhaps snobbish variety.
From A Walk in the Marina.


Blogger secretdubai said...

Incredible, isn't it, "no parks in the Marina". Though at least there's that fountain thing that kids like. That's exactly the kind of thing they should be putting all over Dubai, to create streetlife. ie not just closed off parks that you have to drive to, but making the city itself into a walkable, wanderable park.

Great writing btw.

03 November, 2006 21:31

Blogger BD said...

You're right. That fountain is magical. It's even worse in Abu Dhabi where the several neighborhood parks go empty of visitors because no one feels its worth the dirham to enter a park that's just a stone's throw across. I'd often like to just pass through them on my way here or there, but they're completely fenced off to force people to stream in through the single entry gate. Presumably the idea is to keep bachelors out but it ends up keeping everyone out.

03 November, 2006 23:30


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