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76).  My Mapping Buddy, Mohammed    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (July 2008)

In 2008 my company in Portland won a large mapping contract in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and I was put in charge of it.  I flew to Abu Dhabi and worked there for a week, my first trip to the Middle East.  Before going, I was excited but also a bit apprehensive since, being an American, I wasn't sure how I'd be received.  But everyone I met in Abu Dhabi, including Mohammed, was very polite and friendly to me.

 

Mohammed does mapping work with the Abu Dhabi government.  He speaks perfect English, which was good because my Arabic was limited to the few words that he taught me.  He exemplified the kindness and graciousness I experienced during my week in Abu Dhabi.