November 30, 2006

Oud Metha Grass - #91


An oud is a stringed instrument.
Grass is obviously grass.
Oud Metha is a road in / an area of Dubai.
However, what is a "metha"?
This is not a quiz, but a question! What is a "metha"...
Anyone help the expat here? Thanks...

November 29, 2006

Pakistani Love - #90


A nice temporary car tattoo.

P.S. It wasn't me!

November 28, 2006

Burj-o-rama Baby - #89


OK, ok... a panoramic tourist's eye view of one small part of Dubai. You've seen a view of it before, but here's a new one...

I need to move on to bigger things soon. That's out the system for a while again...

November 27, 2006

Built To Last - #88


A simple family car, yet located in the depths of off road track territory.

And it looks like it has made the trip many, many times.

Value for money.

Keep On Running!

November 26, 2006

An Arabian Vista At Dusk - #87


A dusk shot of Al Qasr Hotel, Jumeriah. Dxb 2006.

November 25, 2006

Wham Bam Thank You Mina Seyahi - #86


Ok, how Dubai do you want?

This is a picture of power boat racing with the man made peninsula of the Jumeriah Palm behind it. The location was Le Merdien Mina Seyahi Hotel.

They are so loud! I am still deaf.

More to come from this series I tell you... WHAT? I SAID MORE TO COME.....

November 24, 2006

Pride On The Mean Streets - #85


Taken on a quiet Friday morning... a nice guy, friendly and happy to have me poke a camera at him for no apparant reason.

Just a guy doing his job, although done efficiently and with a sense of pride.

Did you do the same today? I tried to...

November 23, 2006

A Kandura Colour Collision -#84


A sly snapshot. In a mosque.

More to follow soon.

Over and out.

November 22, 2006

Creek At Dusk - #83


A longer exposure in the twilight by the Creek.

November 21, 2006

The View From Vu - #82


... so here is Dubai.

The view from 50 floors on Emirates Towers to the beach, although only from one small angle. Possibly the worst quality photo I have posted, but I wanted to show you the city from a different angle.

Luggi, Bill & Michael - does this help? I doubt it! :)

November 20, 2006

Enjoying The Vu - #81


No, my spelling is quite fine in the title - This is "Vu's Bar" in Emirates Towers.

It has this name as it is the highest bar in the Gulf and is at the highest part of the 50 floor hotel.

They claim to have the biggest cocktail selection possibly in the world... and for some reason are photo-phobic. They tried to remove the camera from me after this shot! I don't know why...

November 19, 2006

A Thorny Issue - #80


People sometimes think that Dubai and the UAE are all sand and not much else except for the odd 5 star hotel and a camel or two.

There are some great deserts, however there are also rugged mountains with their own fauna and foliage eking out an existance.

These tress are pretty hardy and widespread with their thorny antics.

November 18, 2006

Falcon Frenzy - #79


Some say that Dubai lacks culture and to some degree they could be right.

However Dubai does do street art quite well. These falcons are individual art works and they are dotted all round the city. There has also been camels and horses previously.

This particular one is made to represent the traditional Arabic red chequered head dress I imagine.

November 17, 2006

Post It Note From God? - #78


Curious message stuck on the wall of a mosque...

Really - I'm a simple guy. I have no problem with anyone...

I've not visited the site. I try not to take instruction from strangers via post it note when comes to religious matters...

November 16, 2006

The Old And The New - #77


A mix of the old and the new...

The ancient heritage of exercising the camels and the birth of a city in the background. Note the tallest building is the Burj Dubai which will be the worlds tallest building by the end of 2008. It is currently over 80 floors and is only less than half built...

I apologise if I feature camels too much... I've still not grown tired of them and may always find them more interesting than sheep or cows.

November 15, 2006

"Dhow On A Glass Sea" - #76


A shot of the surrounding area again...

A shot of a dhow in the Musandam Peninsula.

"Dhow On A Glass Sea"

November 14, 2006

Reaching For The Sky - #75


An Umm Sequim Mosque.

Brand shiny and new.

Umm Sequim is a rather nice area of town out near the Burj Al Arab etc.

November 13, 2006

Bluey Don't Ski - #74


It's ok - your eyes don't deceive you. This is in Dubai and this is snow in the desert... whatever next?

The biggest indoor ski slope in the world is in Dubai. Have a look at Ski Dubai

Charlie Don't Surf & Bluey Don't Ski.

November 12, 2006

If You Can't Stand The Heat - #73


5 hungry people.
2 quizical looks.
1 chef of iron.
1 slightly toasted Bluey.

All in a hard day's blogging... :)

The infamous X11 Brunch at the JW Marriott, Deira, Dubai.

November 11, 2006

Through the square window - #72


A view of Dubai Creek from a window in Sheikh Maktoum's house.

This is a preserved building dating back to the turn of the last century and houses the most amazing collection of Dubai photographs.

The photos from the 1940s through to the late 1960s are stunning and give a great insight into the just mind boggling pace of development...

If you visit, I recommend a trip here.

November 10, 2006

Stickin' it to the man - #71


Well, not quite... however, sometimes telling me what to do ain't gonna work...

November 09, 2006

Searching - #70


A true thousand yard stare.

Dubai Creek. Nov 2006.

November 08, 2006

Bloke and the Bloop - #69


I couldn't help it - after BLOOOP x 1,000 seemed to go down well, here is another shot of the BLOOOP.

The guy in the background is oblivious to just how near he is to a blooop.

November 07, 2006

Camel Boy - Nad Al Sheba - #68


Another nice part of Dubai is the camel pens out at Nad Al Sheba.

There has been certain bad practices employed over the years to do with camel jockeys, however now they have been replaced with robots.

I do hope to get a robot camel jockey for you all soon.

P.S. If anyone knows the company that manufactures robot jockeys - can I suggest that they make them small for household pets? I would love to race my three cats...

November 06, 2006

This is the real thing - #67


No chunks, no brine, just the real tuna.

Taken at the frantic yet pleasant sensory overload at the Shindagha fish market.

DXB Ground Zero.

November 05, 2006

What Did You Do Today? - #66


This man and his friends built this city (contrary to the 80's hit single, it was them, not Starship).

I think that should be applauded. And to be blunt - they deserve so much better.

November 04, 2006

Come on in... - #65


... it's lovely in here.

November 03, 2006

Mr Jez and his Fanoos - #64


A fanoos is a lantern.

A Jez is a bloke I know.

These are both a very welcome addition to the expedition accoutrements.

November 02, 2006

Spinneys Man - #63


A favourite of mine. Perhaps the first portrait I really tried...

Taken this year at Spinneys (a supermarket like Sainsburys in the UK) in Umm Sequim district of Dubai.

I love his kind face. A man of Pakistani origin that had been in Dubai for over 40 years. The changes he would have seen are amazing...

November 01, 2006

Something That Is About To Disappear Soon - #62


What is about to disappear?

The whole beach... there are massive developments along this fragile coastline called Dubai Waterfront. It is a huge project plus the building of Jebel Ali airport city (yes, an airport city!?!) near by will ensure this beach will not look like this in possibly 1 more year and it will certainly be gone in 5 years.

A very sad state of affairs. Gone for good.

This post is my entry for in the 1st November theme day, please use the links to below to visit all 47 Daily Photo sites that are participating.

(Due to time zone differences and other factors, the theme photo may not be displayed until later if you are viewing early in the day.)

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