In September, about three dozen men (called workers here) dug long, deep trenches in the sand in front of where we live. They'd start early in the morning and take a long midday break; it was very hot and the sun was very strong.
Next they lay an elaborate network of narrow black hoses for underground sprinklers.
In October darker sand of a rich orange color was dumped over the near-white sand that's always been here. It was smoothed over the property. Palm trees were planted.
I don't know quite what's in these bags but I assume it's fertilizer or grass seed.
I wrote this blog during my two years in Abu Dhabi, where I lived with my then-husband and six children, then ages 18 - 9 years old. I now teach English as a second language at a university near my home in New Hampshire, USA.