A report in Gulf News today (so it must be true, right?) tells us that Sharjah Municipality has committed to paving the emirates' sandy residential roads.
For those not familiar with Sharjah (ie: any reader in Dubai who can't be bothered to explore the country they live in outside the comfortable enclaves of Jumeirah, Mirdif, Arabian Ranches and the 'Old Town'), many of its residential areas currently have streets made from compacted sand. The older and more central areas are tarmacked and some movement out of the centre has taken place over the years, but many areas remain sandy and, in the summer months, things can get very dusty indeed.
I've always quite liked this aspect of Sharjah life, though and dread the prospect of the disruption that is inevitably to come. I'll also be interested to see what happens around the event - I've heard reports of people slapped with demands for a Dhs 7,000 charge following the tarmacking of their street - some sort of drainage charge or deposit. Can't see us being too keen over that one.
They've just finished tarmacking Ramla, according to GN, so we're safe for a while at least. But, well, I mean. Tarmac roads in Sharjah! Whatever will they think of next?