Christmas is Coming
But times move on, and since yesterday most of the supermarkets I've been in (except Union Co-op which is about as Islamic as a mosque) have been decorated with banners reminding folks that Christmas is going to be on December 25th this year, and they are stacked with goodies. Radio stations have been playing Christmas toons, and I fully expect it to snow any day now.
I think this is one of the greatest features of the Emirates, and Dubai in particular. At a time when many countries in the region are strangling their economies to death by strict adherence to fundamentalist ideals, these guys here just say 'we'll do our thing, you do yours and let's all concentrate on being happy and making some money'. I spent one year on my own in Riyadh before coming to Dubai. The Saudis do not tolerate the open practice of any religion other than Wahhabi Islam, there are no churches, temples or other places of worship apart from mosques. Here in Dubai, probably the only thing you won't find is a synagogue.