Saturday, September 12, 2009

RAK Panic

The day I get back to Dubai I learn that the poor people of Ras Al Khaimah are in a panic yet again.

This time it's not dragons or rampaging oxen, not even genies or black magic.

No, this time, as Gulf News tells us: "Palm trees which fall over for no apparent reason are spreading panic among some residents in Ras Al Khaimah".

In northern areas of the emirate mature palm trees are crashing to the ground for no apparent reason - spreading panic among residents who think that red weevils must be the culprits.

The report doesn't make clear whether the residents are in a panic over mysterious tree falling or red weevils.

Not to worry though, the Fisheries Section, and other departments, will be investigating.

Fisheries Section investigating trees?

I don't get that.



The story's here.

7 comments:

Petrovsk said...

I'm confused, what are "weevils"? Do they come in colours other than red?

moryarti said...

Its just poorly quoted in the news report.

Its called UAE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

http://www.uae.gov.ae/Ministries/maf.htm

Omar Bin Yaroof said...

Can you post your source?

Seabee said...

Petrovsk, weevils are tiny beetles and there are thousands of different types.

Moryarti, 'poorly quoted in the news report'? I'm stunned and shocked!

Omar, I did. I gave a hyperlink.

the real nick said...

I propose a UAE solution: ban palm trees, especialy the bachelor ones.

Grumpy Goat said...

Ban the weevils, Nick! If you have to choose which, always pick the lesser of two weevils.

Anonymous said...

I hope the trees had an NOC before falling or they'll have to stand up again