Fujairah Collage

Fujairah Collage
Some distinctive landmarks in Fujairah

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fujairah the Scene of a Fantastique Spy Escape

Just when you thought Fujairah was a dusty town at the back of beyond, where nothing exciting happens, news has been broken by Arabian Business that Fujairah was the location of a French spy escape out of the Emirates.

It is a story of a Frenchman escaping to Florida via India from a UAE prison sentence for alleged fraud.

He makes his escape from Fujairah in a rubber dingy dressed in an abaya and burqa!

The story in Arabian Business and the comments from readers suggest there is much more to the story than is on the surface and the Frenchman is writing his account in what he hopes will be a bestseller. I wonder if one of the chapters will be called ‘Escaping Fraud Follies from Fujairah’?

The latest sensational segment in the story of Fujairah, UAE.

Elsa Baxter, Dubai Fraudster Fled City Dressed as a Woman, Arabian Business, 18 August 2009.

Richard Spencer, With Scuba Gear Under a Burqa, French Spy Herve Jaubert Made His Escape from Dubai, Telegraph, 23 August 2009.

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Image: Herve Jaubert in the UAE desert (Photo courtesy of Google images).


Seabee said...

M. Jaubert's been saying for a long time that he was going to publish a book with his story and finally announced it to the world in an article in the Washington Post just over a week ago. I'm sure you'll be interested to read that piece, it's here.

Geoff Pound said...

Thanks for the WP link Seabee.

I see Jaubert has also established a web site from which he is building publicity.

Seabee said...

Just one of many executives charged with, and in his case convicted of, corruption.

The expats are all innocent of course, fall guys stitched up to protect Emiratis (although Emiratis, including very high profile individuals, have also been charged). HJ is the only one I'm aware of who's planning to make a fortune out of it by writing a book.

I have to say that his pre-publicity for the book has been as good as it gets.

But will it be displayed under 'Fiction' I wonder...