March 31, 2007

A final pano - The Iconic Burj - #211


And here we are, tourist central, though it's an sight I guess that I never grow tired of...

The Burj taken from the Madinat and the final pano in our little series...

From tomorrow I guess it'll all be about the fillies and the punters, fresh from the world's richest horse race - The Dubai World Cup

March 30, 2007

Another Wadi Pano - #210


I know that the exposure is blown in the left of this one, however I do like the wide expanse in this pano.

(do click for bigger)

March 29, 2007

Wadi Panorama - #209


Yesterday's Creek pano has triggered a mini-pano fest...

Here is a not so perfect pano of a forbidden view :)

(do click for bigger...)

March 28, 2007

Creek Panorama - #208


A stitched panorama taken from Sheikh Maktoum's house near the mouth of the Creek.

March 27, 2007

Bus Stop - #207


It looks reasonably pleasant and peaceful on this Friday morning...

... however when there are lots of people all jostling in 45 degree C heat then this form of public transport is not the best option - but it may be the only option available for many for a while. Especially with a metro a few years away and road tolls starting this year... hey ho...

March 26, 2007

Jez Spex - #206


A reflection of the sandlands.

Good times... an older shot, but one worth showing.

March 25, 2007

The Irish Village - #205


One of Dubai's famous locations... The Irish Village & Dubai Tennis Stadium.

Every city in the world, except maybe Riyadh, has an Irish themed pub. Dubai is no different, except being Dubai it's an Irish Village. Through the cooler months it's a great place to have some food a drop of the black stuff etc on its wide outdoor area. Bands play here too, most recently Bob Geldof before that The Pretenders (nb. bands for the 21st Century need not apply!!)

Through the summer it's a bit smoke filled and not so good... if you are reading this IV - take note.

One of the better pubs in town...

March 24, 2007

On The Browns - #204


At Hatta we played a short round of nine hole golf. Desert style...

The Greens were called Browns and the fairways were rock strewen, thorn bush infested dusty trails. You carry around a small square of astro turf on to which you place your ball before taking the shot.

A weird variation on the classic game of golf.

March 23, 2007

Tree, Sky, Rock - #203


Just back from a very pleasant trip to Hatta Fort Hotel, which is about 1 hour from Dubai city although it is still in the Emirate of Dubai. On route you see a lot of these desert scrubb / thorn trees.

It reminded me to post this shot - I like the starkness of the tree and rocky environment it thrives in.

March 22, 2007

Kicking Back At The Creek - #202


A little bit of peace by the Creek.

March 21, 2007

Can't Stand The Heat? - #201


A chef doing his thang at the JW Marriott, Deira, Dubai.

March 20, 2007

So Is This Dubai? - #200


A US$10million wood panel motor cruiser delicately bearthed in a US10$billion project.

Post 200 - though technical porblems are making posting difficult over the last week or so... hope to resolve these and get on track again... thanks to all my visitors...

March 19, 2007

Leaning Dhown - #199


Resting not falling...

March 18, 2007

A Taxi Captured Approaching Warp Speed - #198


A rare sighting of a taxi as it engages its warp drive system.

Make It So, Number One.

March 17, 2007

Bike On Beach = #197


The original off road transportation vehicle.

March 16, 2007

Welcome To Dubai - #196


This is the first sight you will see when you land at Dubai (DXB) airport.

It gets especially crowded around midnight when a lot of the planes arrive. At this time of year it is not so bad, but land at midnight in mid-August for the first time and you'll be overwhelmed with the oven like temperatures and braying crowds...

Marhaba habibi!

March 15, 2007

Dot Matrix Zayed Road - #195


A screen mesh covering a section of bridge on the SZR. I liked the dot matrix effect...

Dot Matrix Zayed Road.

March 14, 2007

Eddie And The Burj - #194


My friend S. and the famous Eddie...

March 13, 2007

1545 - #193


I liked this view in the port area of the fishing village.

I'm not sure of the purpose for these blocks. Too small to be fenders or the like. Maybe markers for the fishing pots...

March 12, 2007

The Three Fishermen Of Jumeirah - #192


Switching back to the fish topic... here are three of the guys I met at the fishing village.

Happily working on their nets on a peaceful morning.

They were more than happy for me to take a few shots. Jez's comment of a few post's ago about there being not enough "happy" portraits struck a chord with me. Hopefully this readdresses the balance a little.

March 11, 2007

Twisted Fire Starter - #191


The Prodigy.

Dubai Desert Rock Festival 2007.

March 10, 2007

Let There Be Rawk a/k/a The Kids In Space Program - #190


As mentioned yesterday - the thems for this week will mostly be fish and rock.

Or even RAWK! Yesterday was day one of Dubai's Desert Rock Festival. It's really come on a lot in its four years. The line up is really impressive with Iron Maiden, Robert Plant and The Prodigy amoung the line up.

Last night The Prodigy reminded everyone of just how amazing they are live.

Great day out.

March 09, 2007

Catch Of The Day - #189


A fresh, glistening, salty, beautiful catch for a Friday morning.

Big thanks to Sam for giving me the location details. It is a fishing village that is incongruously located in the middle of Dubai. Have a look at Sam's very cool experiment at this location. The Film Experience

It's a great place, very interesting, yet it is a very poor living from the sea these days. The people here do seem to be full of humour and happiness though which is really good to see...

The themes for this week will mostly be fish and rock... all will become clear...

March 08, 2007

I logo DUBAI -#188


I logo'd this shirt.

And you, my generous readers, I logo you. I hope you logo me too.

March 07, 2007

Up Close And Personal - #187


A simple portrait.

DXB 2007.

March 06, 2007

This Is Normal - a/k/a SZR Road Kill - #186


Following on from my comment a couple of days ago about photographers looking in certain ways and their unusual behaviour - here is an example of getting in certain positions / situations.

Yes, I did think that in the middle of the day it was acceptable and normal to get underneath a parked car to take a picture of some people that I don't know and never will know with one result being that it is posted on the internet for people to see.

This is normal.

March 05, 2007

A DXB Comedy Exit - #185


This scene reminded me of a UK comedy series from the past - Morecambe & Wise.

I fear this post dates me too much.

Taken in the only pedestrian bridge over the SZR.

March 04, 2007

Forever 21 - #184


A view of SRZ - the 2 gentlemen on the building are the founders of the nation. The lady in the advert, as far as I know, played no role in the foundation of the nation.

March 03, 2007

Playing with their balls - #183


I Don't Like Cricket... but I do like this image.

Taken this morning, SZR and the Emirates Towers in the background.

Some blokes, doing what blokes do the world over... playing with their balls.

March 02, 2007

Look Up Once In A While - #182


Photography makes you look at the world differently I think. You tend to look at things from odd angles and behave strangely in public...

There is usually no need to look up...

March 01, 2007

Men At Work Plus A Mile Stone - Theme Day - #181


For the monthly theme day I was torn between art and commerce.

I saw commerce immediately, what with the much publicised Dubai worker conditions, Dubai's economic growth and construction of some of the most ambitious and odd projects in the world as as being an obvious topic.

However I had to shun the darkside and look to the light...

With some difficulty I had to choose art over commerce as I felt it was the right thing to do. By the way - I'm not calling my shots art, they are images of the process of making art. A process I am grateful to be associated with. These are from the film set I came across at the weekend. These are the men at work I choose to celebrate on this theme day.

For those interested, here are the clapper board details for posterity...



And on a small personal note - both Dubai Daily Photo and my DP twin's Shanghai Daily Photo are six months old today!

A massive 62 Daily Photo sites are participating in the 1st March theme, "Men at work", please use the links to below to visit them.

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.

1 (Porto (Portugal) ) -2 (Greenville SC (USA) ) -3 (Hyde (UK) ) -4 (Tenerife (Spain) ) -5 (Albuquerque, NM (USA) ) -6 (Stayton, OR (USA) ) -7 (Rotterdam (NL) ) -8 (Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) ) -9 (London (England) ) -10 (Richmond, VA (USA) ) -11 (Sydney -Sally (Australia) ) -12 (Newcastle upon Tyne (England) ) -13 (Constanta (Romania) ) -14 (Evry (France) ) -15 (Lubbock, TX (USA) ) -16 (Szentes (Hungary) ) -17 (Villigen (Switzerland) ) -18 (Mumbai (India) ) -19 (Tel Aviv (Israel) ) -20 (Twin Cities, MN [USA] ) -21 (Jakarta (Indonesia) ) -22 (Houston -Candice & Megan, TX (USA) ) -23 (Budapest (Hungary) ) -24 (Singapore - Zannnie (Singapore) ) -25 (Dubai (UAE) ) -26 (Singapore -Keropokman (Singapore) ) -27 (Madrid -Dsole (Spain) ) -28 (Mazatlan -Kate (Mexico) ) -29 (Nelson (New Zealand) ) -30 (Vantaa (Finland) ) -31 (Kyoto (Japan) ) -32 (Tokyo (Japan) ) -33 (Joplin, MO (USA) ) -34 (Auckland (New Zealand) ) -35 (Sequim, WA (USA) ) -36 (Menton (France) ) -37 (Minneapolis, MN (USA) ) -38 (Istanbul (Turkey) ) -39 (Sydney -Nathalie (Australia) ) -40 (Sharon, CT (USA) ) -41 (Seattle, WA (USA) ) -42 (Anderson, SC (USA) ) -43 (Monte Carlo, (Monaco) ) -44 (Milano, (Italy) ) -45 (Grenoble (France) ) -46 (Wailea, HI (USA) ) -47 (Guelph, ON (Canada) ) -48 (Melbourne - John (Australia) ) -49 (New York City (USA) [Ming_the_Merciless] ) -50 (Cebu (Philippines) ) -51 (Bandung (Indonesia) ) -52 (Antigua Guatemala (Central America) ) -53 (Hamburg (Germany) ) -54 (London -Jonemo (UK) ) -55 (Hong Kong ) -56 (Stavanger (Norway) ) -57 (Paris (France) ) -58 (Naples, Florida (USA) ) -59 (Saarbr├╝cken (Germany) ) -60 (Shanghai (China) ) -61 (Quito (Ecuador) ) -62 (Zurich (Switzerland))