Sunday, 8 July 2012

Somalis in Dubai



Here is a report I did for the BBC about Somalis in Dubai. There are tens of thousands of Somalis in the United Arab Emirates. Many work as traders in the souks and at the port. It is said that Somalia exports more from Dubai than any other country apart from Iran. My guide was a Somali called Adan. As you can hear from my report, we started off in the souk:


My BBC radio report on the Somalis in Dubai

Photos of the souk:


The bright Somali women's outfits I mentioned in the report
Entrance to a mainly Somali gold souk


Here are some photos of the Somali port, which stretches along the creek running through Dubai:

Tiles bound for the port of Berbera in Somaliland

Tyres waiting to be loaded onto a dhow. The crew of the dhows are mainly Gujeratis from India. They told me they had no fear of pirates or of sailing into Mogadishu and other Somali ports.

The Somali clothes traders I met at the port. They said business was good.

A lot of paint was on its way to Somalia

Migrant workers on their way home across the creek





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