A HUGE thunderstorm came through Dubai last night around midnight. It was spectacular, and more than a little scary, for some people.
The lightning seemed so close to us even though our apartment block is only 5 stories high. A couple of times I actually jumped over towards Richard’s side of the bed I got such a fright. Of course, he was all, ‘Get OFF me!’ I accused him of using me as a human shield, and told him it was his duty as a husband to protect me from lightenings and other scary stuff. Yeah, right.
Two unfortunate construction workers were eletrocuted and one of them will be lucky to live. http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Environment/10275414.html
I don’t know what building they were working on.Is it too much to hope that the construction company will look after them?
It’s a harsh world over here and concepts such as workplace health and safety and employer responsibility are not the same as you might expect in the EU or in Australia. I feel for these people that make such an enormous sacrifice by leaving their homes to work here with only an annual visit to see their children and family.
Whereas I complain bitterly about living in hotel during the week, when I can telephone my husband to talk for as long as I want to every night during the week…many people here cannot afford to telephone home so frequently, and they do not get to see their children growing or listen to their husbands or wives telling them about their day.
I admire their strength and dedication to their families in working here. Their efforts usually give their children an education they never had, so they will have more opportunities.
My masseuse is one of these women. Her husband left her to ‘start a new family and took her young baby.’ She has 2 remaining children, a boy of 12 and a girl of 16. She is making sure they learn English so they can have good jobs. (She herself speaks limited English). She sees them once a year for holiday and you can hear her voice catch when she talks about them.
She makes me feel very humble.