Photo Hotspots

Burj Khalifa

Burj Al Arab

The Dubai Mall

Palm Jumeirah

The Dubai Fountain

Dubai Creek

Dubai Marina

Ski Dubai

Dubai Gold Souk

Mall of the Emirates

Madinat Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach

Dubai Spice Souk

Jumeirah Mosque

The World

Al Fahidi Historical District

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The Lost Chambers Aquarium

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Dubai Opera

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

Emirates Towers

Sheikh Zayed Road

Colour Gallery

The drying up of the oil reserves within the next twenty years has meant that Dubai has had to turn its attention towards other means of obtaining income to sustain its existence. Dubai 2012 has made an impressive start by turning its attention to two other important areas of business, tourism & commerce. Through huge investment in mass tourism, large hotel complexes are being built everywhere to accommodate the following generations of tourists seeking fine sand beaches, perfect weather & a good environment to relax & enjoy all the luxuries that one wishes to indulge in on holiday.

Unfortunately for the western world where democracy & a liberal way of living rules, here in the Arabian world there are a number of customs & rules that just have to be accepted concerning the consume of alcohol in public for example or showing too much skin in religious areas, not to mention petting & kissing in public. For us photographers too there are a few restrictions concerning the photographing of Arabian women for example & certain buildings belonging to the state or royal family. The state is very strict by western standards, on the other hand this is to be seen positive as there is so little criminality, theft, sexual harassment & physical violence making Dubai a very safe city. When these cultural differences are respected then there is no reason why you can’t have the holiday of a lifetime here on the Persian Gulf. I did.

“I want Dubai to be a place where everybody from all over the world meets each other, don’t think of fighting or hate, just love it, enjoy their sport, & that’s it.”

― Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“There are certain comforts of living here in Dubai, the comforts of so many mosques & so much good food… It’s just that much more secure. And may God keep it safe.”

― Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

“Dubai is a vibrant city: Big cars, big buildings… it reminds me of my home town, Hong Kong. People are always on the move here & there’s a lot going on. There are some wonderful architecture & some not-so-wonderful.”

– John Rocha

“One of the main characteristics that differentiates Dubai from other commercial centers is its openness to innovation & the freedoms it grants people & institutions to operate.”

– Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair

“The cool parts – the parts that have won Dubai its reputation as ‘the Vegas of the Middle East’ or ‘the Venice of the Middle East’ or ‘the Disney World of the Middle East, if Disney World were the size of San Francisco and out in a desert’ – have been built in the last ten years.”

– George Saunders

“I appreciate my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister of the U.A.E. & Ruler of Dubai & the Council of Ministers, who face every morning challenges, but plan & remove all obstacles to score achievements.”

– Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

“People often refer to Dubai as the Hong Kong of the Gulf, but it’s really more like Vegas.”

– Tucker Carlson

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Did You Know?

Camel racing is an extremely popular sport in Dubai, similar to what football is to the US & what hockey is to Canada. Given the camel’s size, only children could participate in racing them. Instead of allowing Emirati or Dubai residents’ children to participate, there has been a problem in the past with having children illegally trafficked into the country for the sole purpose of racing camels. The rest of the world eventually caught on to this issue & has since put a stop to it for the most part. Leave it to Dubai to come up with a solution. Now, child-sized robots are being built & are racing the camels. They cost anywhere from $300 to $10,000.

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