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The Great Wall of China

 

 

The Great Wall of China consists of many fortifications made of stone, brick and wood. It was built  to protect the Chinese empire against the Mongolian tribes.  The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west and is about 8850 km long.

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Abu Dhabi Dhow construction yard

 

 

This dhow construction yard is in Abu Dhabi. What fascinates me most, is the simplicity and creativity in the construction. Although no high tech is used, the design of these boats is beautiful.
The UAE has always been a trading country. During a certain period of the year the winds blow from west to east, that was the time when the dhows left Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi to sail to India… and when the winds turned from east to west they would come back home. A Dhow has no keel, that is the reason why it is impossible for them to sail against the wind.

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