It wasn’t many years ago that the only shops in Al Ain were the small ‘corner shops’, or so I’ve been told.
You’ll find hundreds of shops like the one in the photo, which we use for the odd bottle of milk etc, around the town.
This shop recently closed down as the building was being renovated, and reopened 100 yards away in a new building. The owner told me the rent had gone up as a result from 24,000 Dirhams (£4,500) a year to 70,000 Dirhams (£13,000) a year. Ouch!