Artificial Madness in ‘The Eye’

I’ve been lagging on a post on this for a while and I guess I’m just a little bitter that I left the middle east before they finished it.

120km from the Persian Gulf shores (photos by the one and only PJ Cutting)

“Al Ain”- arabic for ‘the eye’- is a little garden oasis in the southern part of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi which has been continuously inhabited for more than 4,000 years thanks to a plentiful source of fresh water. It is the birthplace of Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE, and now its the birthplace of artificial wavepools in the middle east.

lefts and rights on tap

My understanding is it’s the same technology as the one in the Canary Islands (check STAB here).

PJ test driving

The boys in the sand pit tell me it’s been a great winter for surf in the Gulf so I imagine “wave sales” will spike in the coming months as the surf fades and people start to getting surf starved. Would be interesting economics to see if they raise prices in summer due to lack of competition (no real waves) vs. low season heat (really f$%king hot) and less people in the UAE

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