The Dubai Bagpipe Band brings the highlands to the Gulf.
Last month, an unexpected sight brought golf buggies at the Emirates Golf Club to a startled halt. Even when sworn to silence, a pipe band in full regalia is hard to ignore.
It was the first photo session of the Dubai Bagpipe Band in its new uniform, and a moment of great personal satisfaction for Pipe Major Craig Lightbody.
The Lanarkshire Scot has three generations of family tradition behind his determination to forge a polished band in Dubai.
After long preparation, the bands 13 members are now ready right down to the sgian dubh in their socks to bring an authentic Caledonian flavour to local events.
But dont be fooled by the kilts. Learning the bagpipes is no longer restricted to remote highland glens. The band includes Canadians, a Frenchman, an Australian and even a young English shipping executive.
Also, in the international component is Paddy Connold, one of two South African pilots.
Back home, he says, bagpipes are seen as rain-bringing magic ever since his band struck up at an important ceremony as three years of drought ended in a spectacular downpour.
The expressions of some passing golfers suggested they expected something similar.
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