i have been temporarily assigned here for work in ajman for almost two weeks now. ajman is about a 45 minute taxi ride to dubai without the traffic, and is the smallest of the seven emirates making up the united arab emirates.
one of the places to visit here is china mall, a 100,000 square meter built-up area with shops that sell china made merchandise like garments, accessories, textiles, household, jewellery, fashion accessories, toys, crafts, and electronics. i saw fake designer merchandise being sold here which are mostly for women and even an iphone 5 that sells for 300 dirhams!
i bought some bottled chinese iced tea, haw flakes and some dried seafood snacks from a shop that sells foodstuff then i saw one store that sells ‘crocs’ shoes. i went inside the store and had a small conversation with the chinese guy selling the items.
me: how much for the crocs loafers?
chinese guy: 30.00 dirhams each, buy two for 50.00 dirhams.
me: huh? 30.00 dirhams?! are these original?
chinese guy: original? what original?! it’s made in china!
i think i got the guy pissed off in my stupid question, haha! anyway, i bought a pair of khaki-colored ‘original’ crocs loafers and after he saw me taking pictures, i looked at him and said: “i’ll show my friends”, he then smiled and replied back: “okay.. tell your friend buy”! 😀