Friday, 14 May 2010

Sharjah Parks Get Reprieve Shock Horror

Image by kevin (iapetus) via Flickr
We have the inevitable 'clarification' on the Sharjah Parks Debacle. This will delight SeaBee as he loves clarifications like fat kids love cake.

The opening hours of Sharjah parks, cruelly truncated last week in a potty gambit designed to ensure gardeners don't cop an eyeful of jogger (and instead ensuring that every man in the street copped an eyeful), have now been 'extended' to 8am-1pm and 4pm-10pm according to a story in yesterday's Khaleej Times. Rivals for the big story of the day Gulf News and The National failed to get the scoop and so they miss the Pulitzer yet again.

This time the clarification comes in the shape of an 'extension' due to 'public demand'. What a laugh. Announcing the damn things, previously open all day, are to be limited to 4pm-10pm and then climb down by pretending it's an extension - and the newspaper slavishly reports it verbatim. Grief.

Earlier stories in Gulf News regarding an ID card requirement to enter Sharjah's parks (not a National ID card, silly, that would make it useful. No, a special 'I live in Sharjah' ID card issued by the Municipality) appear to have been incorrect, BTW, as there is no evidence of this being implemented (it was announced for May 1st implementation).

There would appear to be a great deal of confusion around Sharjah's parks right now. And nobody in our media is asking quite what the hell they think they're doing with these conflicting 'make it up as you go along' announcements...

(PS: I'd have missed this 'extension' story if it hadn't been for an eagle eyed Rupert Bumfrey)
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Oussama said...

And we all thought Dubai cornered the market on "clarifications" and confusion. Watch out Dubai here comes Sharjah

Luke said...

I'd love to go for a summertime stroll with the Sharjah authorities through the English Garden in Munich where nude sunbathing is common. Nobody bats an eyelid.

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