Monday, August 05, 2013

Eid Al-Fitr Holidays (87 Piles complete)

Eid Al-Fitr is the holiday that celebrates the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan can be a difficult month to keep construction workers motivated as most Muslims fast during daylight hours which includes both drinking and eating. Many don't even allow themselves to swallow their own spit.  On a construction site working hard in the hot sun all day with no water or food means the workers are very short on energy. Despite this we have been able to complete 87 piles over the past two weeks. Now that Ramadan is coming to an end the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr will arrive around the 10th of the month.  For construction workers this is one of two main holidays that they take in a year. It is typical for them to have about two weeks off to go home and be with their families. This short break works well for us so I can attempt to get caught up on paperwork and meet Holly for a few days of personal holiday in Dubai. After the holiday we are anticipating ongoing political Hartals (road strikes) so we have been stockpiling large quantities of materials (stone, sand, cement, steel) on site so work may proceed unhindered.

(Site overview)

(Locating buried pile points)

(Inspecting pile casting)

(Construction site on a rainy day)

(Confirming site numbers)

(Pile crews finishing up their last piles before the holidays)


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