I've been driving by a bunch of pick up guys 5 days a week for around 3 years now, never really acknowledging them nor squinting to see what they sell.
However I once grew with curiosity to see what they had to bring everyday and began tilting my neck at the roundabout while driving to see what goodies they had bought (and trying not to have an accident at the same time).
I began to realise how beautiful and important there job was, they were Omani men with ages ranging between perhaps 28 to maybe even 50 or 60, some were really old, and they would get seasonal goods all the way from Oman to sell by the roundabout.
Here in Dubai a big aspect of farming comes from Oman, with them being fortunate to have beautiful farming land and soil, as locals we prefer their products and smile happily when we receive a bunch of Omani Melons or Mangoes.
Anyways, it reached a point where I wanted to talk to them, find out more about what they do, so after months of that plan in mind I finally grabbed a tripod one day and parked by the roundabout, I asked them first if I can video tape them and the younger lad agreed.
Once I had opened my tripod and begun asking question, an older man approached and began lecturing me on how what I was doing is useful, he seemed to be worried I would tie his name to this craft and told me he had other forms of work than this as well. I didn't get a lot of answers to the question I had, but I managed to pull a few things from the younger lad. I was also warned whether it would get them in trouble with the police, and I assured them that they won't hopefully.
In terms of cities they get the products from, the mangoes come from Shinas, a city close to the border of the UAE and is popular with seafood as well. The Ruttab comes from Nikhal (translated the palm) which is known to be active and good at farming. He recommended that currently Ruttab, Arabic Watermelon, Mango, pomelo, and chicko are in season now.
The reason behind all of this is that I can't help but worry if we are going to see things like that in the future, its getting a bit hard to spot old habits and crafts that use to exist more before, and I personally love the idea of how these people come by everyday to make a living from the fruits they grow and sell seasonally, its beautiful isn't it?
(Maps were retrieved from wikipedia.com)