“O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings…”* Christmas trees in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, December 2010.
In case you’re curious, I also took a few vertical panoramic photos (the Dubai tree in particular is extremely tall!). Here’s a separate gallery showing those taller photos:
* The title of these photos comes from the story of Jesus’s birth as recorded in the Holy Qur’an: “[And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary — distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ].” 3:45
I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.
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