National Geographic : 1974 Jan
A smuggler? Not so, insists this mariner of Dubai, an Arabian Gulf sheikdom. Yet he exacted a promise of anonymity before allowing photographer Stanfield to take his picture. Shuttling the 1,500 miles between Dubai and Bombay, in good years he helps funnel some 200 tons of gold into India, a land that cher ishes the metal but bans its importation. En route to a rendezvous, a Dubai seaman sews bars into a vest. Soon, alert for Indian patrol boats, his fast vessel will slip alongside smugglers off Bombay and exchange the gold-laden vests for currency. When gold prices recently soared, business declined, but Dubai remains a leading gold-trading center.