Last friday, Al Khaleej had an article about Delma Island. Fortunately, WAM translated it into english & posted it on its website here.
The island, which is located at about 160 kilometres west of the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, is about 10 kilometre long from north to south and 5 kilometre long from east to west.I searched google & found this interesting site by one of the residents of the island. It was a pleasant surprise for me to read this:
Being a volcanic island, Delma's terrain is a combination of mountains hills, valleys and plains. It is home to about 6000 people.
The island has been inhabited for the past thousands of years, thanks to the numerous water wells and springs which provide fresh water for the inhabitants and enabled them to lead stable life.
Like pearl diving and fishing in the Gulf waters, selling of fresh water also provided a source of income for the people who used to transport fresh water from the island to other parts of the emirate to earn a living.
Delma Island does not look like a desert strip. Rather, it is as if a giant farm has been torn out of a fertile European country and transferred to Abu Dhabi. Visitors to the island are surprised to see cabbage, cauliflower, onion, cucumber, tomato, melon, pepper, parsley, banana and mango growing here. They are even more surprised to see such trees that are alien to the area as apple, pear, strawberry, fig, almond, grape, orange, lemon, olive, kiwi and cedar.Archaeological discoveries made on the island, showed its civilisation dated back to seven thousand years. People with interest in archaelogy will be interested to read this information about the island.
Moral of the Story: UAE is not just "Sandland" :-)