The namesake doppelganger of Kannur in UAE
When anyone asks Suhail of his native place and where he resides in UAE, he has a single answer to both – Kannur. Well, surprisingly the Kannur native resides in Khannur of UAE.
The namesake doppelganger of Kannur in UAE is a small village situated amidst the desert. Same as the air carries scent of revolution in Kannur, the air in Khannur carries the scent of hard work of Keralites.
Situated 245 km west of Abu Dhabi, Khannur is 80 km away from Madinat Zayed (Badazayed) and Ghayāthī. One can arrive at Khannur also via Mussafah - Hameem – Liwa. There is bus facility. The right exit at the roundabout at Liwa leads to Khannur. Also, the Saudi Arabia border (Arada) is at a distance of 50 km from here.
A person visiting here will be welcomed with sand mounds, arguably the highest one has seen. The curved roads here adds to the beauty of the village which has a petrol pump and date palm cultivations. The residents are mostly Keralites and a few Bengalis work on the farms.
Khannur has the highest production of dates in UAE. The palm cultivations extending on acres of land is a sight to behold. The village holds dates festival frequently. People from various parts of the country and other gulf nations arrive for the festival. The soil of Khannur is much suitable for cultivation. Fruits and vegetables including tomato, cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, watermelon and muskmelon are mainly grown here.
The livelihood of people is agriculture and the source of water is tube wells.
Malappuram native Pappuvettan has the tales of 45 years to tell. When he arrived here, there was no electricity supply and the houses were thatched houses. There were many Balochistan natives here then. Later roads were developed and agriculture began. More people started arriving here and Khannur gradually developed, said Pappuvettan.
The same is with Kannur native Suhail, who works at the petrol station here, Kozhikode natives Shaheed Punoor and Ali Kattayatt.
Most of the workers in the houses of Arabs, groceries stores and farms are Keralites. Even in mosques the Imams are from Kerala.
Another speciality of Khannur is the flocks of camel seen here. The grass for their food is also cultivated here. The camels that participate in the GCC Camel beauty pageant held at Madeena in December every year is groomed here. The camel meat is available at low cost. The main attraction in most of the feasts is camel biriyani as the meat is priced at 20 dirhams per kilogram. Camel milk is also available aplenty. Another common sight is the bunch of deer.
Another attraction is the touring car racing championship that takes place each year here.