June 30, 2007
June 29, 2007
June 28, 2007
June 27, 2007
Bab Al Shams resort is a great get away 45 mins outside of Dubai city. It's pretty unusual in that it is literally in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the desert...
Pretty nice. This has been the location for the last few shots...
June 26, 2007
Part 2 of the 2 part series.
I have to make this very clear - the stick was only ever tapped and I am sure that it was never used in any aggressive way. Truly - I wouldn't feature a pic if I had any doubt of this fact.
June 25, 2007
June 23, 2007
June 21, 2007
June 20, 2007
June 19, 2007
A typical oven set up - open to the street. The breads to the right of the oven are simply fantastic.
These are manakish - the lower ones are zaatar - this is a thyme based topping - and the others are cheese manakish.
Basically this is a bread base loosely similar to a pizza idea, although different taste and texture. They are fantastic (and a bit of a diet buster!)...
June 18, 2007
June 17, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 15, 2007
Taken on the public beach in Jumeriah today.
There are a surprising amount of people still using the beach even though it was about 42 degrees today. A breeze was trying to help, but it was still very hot.
You can see the Burj Dubai in the background here. It is now the tallest building in the world as far as I know. You can also from this just how close Sheikh Zayed Road (the Burj Dubai is on the SZR) is to the beach.
June 14, 2007
June 13, 2007
A vital part of Dubai's history and earlt success is the Creek. The original wooden dwellings lined the Creek and the main economy was based on trade and pearl fishing.
This was only to change signifiantly in the 1950s with the discovery of oil in the region. The population of Dubai then was 20,000. Today it is well over 1 million.
June 12, 2007
Bluey hit the burning tarmac running hard.
The soles of his sneakers sizzled with the friction of pursuit, his quarry barrelling through the dock area, desperate for a bolt hole, a tarpaulin, anything to get away from the sun crazed lens man hot on his tail.
Yet somehow, even with his deep knowledge of his environs, the Bilge Rat was being reeled in, like so many pounds of struggling snapper. Bluey sensed blood in the water, flashing strobotically and viciously grabbing the image...
... Bluey slumped over. Rivers of dank musty dust blown sweat boiled off his forehead as he muttered "One more shot, one more poor sap to be taken by me. When will it end? So many shots, one more shot for those photographic vampires that come and suck at my blog... I hope the b*stards like it"...
June 11, 2007
June 09, 2007
June 08, 2007
A small street side cafe in Satwa. They all have open windows from the kitchen so customers can be served directlt and for ventilation. Not sure of the hygene factors with this!
But if you can look so happy at work as this guy did, then I think you achieved something...
June 07, 2007
Cyclone Gonu has just grazed the UAE - it was a serious category 5 hurricane (the maximum). Oman was hit hard with a lot of flooding and Iran has suffered losses of life.
Dubai was quite far from the effected areas, however I am sure the clouds tonight in this shot were somehow related to the great depression of Gonu.
With the shot - I gotta say, even though it's "mine" - I particularly like it...
June 06, 2007
June 04, 2007
Here are the front gates to Sheikh Maktoum's palace in Dubai.
I've mentioned this before, however I really do believe that the leaders / rulers of the UAE get it right to a higher degree than western leaders, with more respect and greater success.
I do respect them quite a lot. One example - one of the largest charity donations in the world. Ever. US$10billion towards education.Sheikh Mohammed I really do salute you.
June 03, 2007
June 02, 2007
Seems harsh... not allowed to drink the water in 40+ deg. heat.
Well, it's actually for your own good - the water used for a lot of the public horticulture is "grey water" as far as I know. And that means it's been recycled from other uses and isn't that clean anymore...
June 01, 2007
Satwa is an interesting area of Dubai.
It's very central and is one of the older parts of town. It's also one of the less affluent areas, yet has the most vibrant street scenes and definitely the most useful shops...
By the way - it's getting hot, too hot. 2 hours out in 40+ degree heat today for the blog... getting concerned for the summer ahead!
The painted wall behind these guys reads Family Room. I have no idea what that would be...