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In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages

Kalba is located on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. Unlike the capital Abu Dhabi 200 kilometres (124 miles) west, which faces the Arab Gulf states, Kalba is perched on the Gulf of Oman, looking out toward Pakistan and India beyond. For decades, the UAE has attracted hundreds of thousands of Afghans, Pakistanis, Filipinos and other Asian nationalities willing to do manual labour that the wealthy local population is not. The industrial zone in Kalba is home to about 50 small enterprises, Emirati-owned and employing about a dozen weavers each.

In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
The town has become a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages, attracting dozens of Afghans and Pakistanis seeking to earn a living in the calm and oil-rich Gulf nation.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
The fishing cage, or wire net, used in the Gulf of Oman is shaped like an igloo, with an oval-shaped inlet.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
Afghani fishermen weave traditional cages used for fishing in the United Arab Emirates in eastern coastal town of Kalba.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
The popular Shaeeri and Zoubedi fish can swim in through the narrowing passage, but cannot find their way out.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
For decades, the UAE has attracted hundreds of thousands of Afghans, Pakistanis, Filipinos and other Asian nationalities willing to do manual labour that the wealthy local population is not.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
Afghani fishermen weave traditional cages used for fishing in the United Arab Emirates in eastern coastal town of Kalba.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
The industrial zone in Kalba is home to about 50 small enterprises, Emirati-owned and employing about a dozen weavers each.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
Making the traps is a craft, as the worker must simultaneously grip and tie fine wires together evenly and very quickly to prevent the entire structure from collapsing before it is finished.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
Afghani fishermen grabbing a blue rope tied to the ceiling. He takes two steps back and leaps over the metre-high cage -- making a perfect landing in the unfinished trap.
In pictures: Kalba in the UAE is a hub for the craft of weaving fishing cages
The weavers, aged 18 to 60, work in their own open spaces with thatched roofs to shield them from the sun.