December 31, 2006

Giftland - #122

A street scene in Deira. I like the guy checking himself out in the centre...

Also a small homage to San Francisco Daily Photo I only wish I had a wide angle lense and a DSLR to even get close to what Manuel does.

P.S. Jan 1st post will be a little later than usual, it will be about 1pm UAE time, I'm camping and wifi don't do the beach...

December 30, 2006

Meet The Neighbours - #121

Iran is approx 150 kms away from Dubai.

The UAE and Iran have been disputing several islands in the Gulf for decades, US and the UN are getting heavy on Iran for their supposed nuclear ambitions...

Iran is heading towards becoming the latest public enemy number 1.

These guys I met today, the nicest guys I met all day. Most genuine, friendliest, coolest guys. And yes, they are Iranian. People are people.

December 29, 2006

The View From Above - #120

A tale of 1 plant, 1 family,2 people and a loner waste bin. In a mall. Taken from a third party perspective.

December 28, 2006

Camel Guy No. 3 - #119

A cool jockey. We had a brief but good shouted conversation as he went past...

All the jockeys / handlers seem like decent guys who are happy to tolerate us staring at them and asking stupid questions.

P.S. For some reason there are weird internet issues going on in the UAE right now, hopefully temporary, although if there are no posts in the coming days it'll be down to connectivity problems. I hope this is not the case though...

December 27, 2006

Bluey In A Bauble - #118

Not to be left out - joining in the reflection photos... Bluey in a giant bauble, about 30cm across. Even the small things are big in Dubai.

Found in The One a Danish furniture store in Dubai.

Please check out more reflections at Greenville Daily Photo courtesy of the splendid Denton.

December 26, 2006

Sezzam Reflection - #117

Some things I like:

Food, photography, people and reflections

I like the way they come together in this shot. Taken at a nice place to have a quick lunch, Sezzam at Mall Of The Emirates - which looks on to the ski slope.

I recommend either the hammour tandoori (hammour is a cod like fish) or the thai papaya salad...

P.S. Thanks for the nice Xmas wishes - I do hope you all had a great time too.

December 25, 2006

A Bluey Xmas - #116

Happy Xmas to you all!

I wish you all peace and happiness. I don't care what religon you follow, if any, but I do care that you are safe, happy and well.

Do you know why I'm Bluey? Because Bluey could be from anywhere.

From one Bluey to another... live well, be happy, give love.

December 24, 2006

I could win what? - #115

Why is there a plane in the mall?

Yes, the first 700 people to sign up for for a new property development will be entered in to a draw. The winner will receive their own jet plane.

The losers, and indeed everyone else that buys an apartment, will receive a new Jaguar car.

In the mall, for Dubai Shopping Festival (an interesting concept...) for everyone that spends US$100 they will be entered into a competition with the top prize as a half million dollar apartment.

For a country that has banned gambling, there sure are some big prizes out there...

December 23, 2006

Water Feature - #114

Some peace and tranquility, Arabic style.

Me likey, hope you do too.

December 22, 2006

The Most Dangerous Place In Dubai - #113

The roads and construction saftey in Dubai is well documented and is found to be of a shocking standard.

With this in mind I dread to think what could possibly warrant so many warning signs... maybe beyond here it is the end of the world.

December 21, 2006

Jaleel Wishes You A Merry Xmas - #112

Jaleel Khan - Check out operator - Spinneys Supermarket.

How about leaving a festive message for Jaleel and I'll try to pass them to him?

Dubai Dec 2006.

P.S. One thought - I think this picture may say more about Dubai than a picture of, say, the Burj Al Arab...

December 20, 2006

Camel Guy No.2 - #111

If I've told you once... don't make me come over there and tell you again...

December 19, 2006

TM-166 - #110

Dubai has over 18% of the entire supply of cranes for the world.

And only 0.0001% of the available clouds.

December 18, 2006

Blurry Film Festival - #109

Well... Dubai Film Festival is now over. Many stars were in town including Richard Gere, Lawrence Fishbourne and Joshua Jackson.

Also, one of cinema's most successful mavericks - Oliver Stone. He gave a great Q&A after a screening of World Trade Center.

The above shot was taken in a little Bluey stylee - i.e. not really allowed. Sorry for the blur...

As I had promised some photos earlier in the week, I thought I'd make up for this by breaking all the rules with extra shots...

This (blurry) TV lady decided to interview Bluey about his thoughts on "Hollywoodland" (obviously not Bluey in this shot!). A very good movie, if you liked LA Confidential or Chinatown, this is a fine ('though not brilliant) film noir styled piece...

...and a Hummer to advertise the festival. Ahhhh how Dubai baby!

December 17, 2006

Edibile Gold Flake - #108

I'm sure this exists around the globe, however there is something inherently Dubai about the concept of edible gold flakes...

Should anyone wish to buy a pack, these are on sale in the deli at the Grand Hyatt for 80 dirhams (approx US$22).

December 16, 2006

Grand Hiatus - #107

My name is Talledega...
I live on the second floor...

Welcome to my left hand domain.

December 15, 2006

Cactii- #106

It still amazes me that cactus can grow happily out in the open... it really shouldn't due to my location in a desert, but it does still surprise me.

December 14, 2006

Once Forbidden. Now Daily. - #105

This ad says too much for my small Bluey brain.

I post a daily photo of Dubai on the internet.
My daily photo twin is Jing, who also posts a photo a day.
Jing is from Shanghai, China.
China and Dubai (UAE) have both tried to make some sites forbidden.
Even simple sites like photo sites.

Once forbidden. Now daily?

This ad reminds me to post once a day, to remind me that all freedoms are a great luxury to be celebrated.

And in this spirit I celebrate all of you and hope you are free to do as you wish and, I hope, be happy as you do it. Simple really.

December 13, 2006

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Worker - #104

Some workers here have been here for years, in fact decades, and only see their families once at the very most per year.

That must be tough in so many ways.

December 12, 2006

Spot The Bluey... - #103

Taken on a fine sunny day, unlike today which is pouring with rain. It rains really hard about once or twice a year usually, this year seems more... This is one of those moments and the whole town is flooded (again).

Instead here is a nice shot of a friend in the sunshine with a little Bluey self-portrait too.

December 11, 2006

Dubai International Film Festival - #102

The Dubai International Film Festival starts today

A good range of movies showing including Bobby, Hollywoodland, Babel and many more. Also playing this week is the amazing new Mel Gibson movie Apocalypto (I've seen it and it is really stunning...).

Bluey will really endeavour to snap some of the events before the week is out.

For now, the nearest Bluey can get is a 60 ft high billbord on the SZR advertising a TV station... :)

December 10, 2006

I Can See For Miles and Smiles #101

A happy guy in the desert. Maybe he was happy that his male bearded friend the kundura wearing person of restricted height, approx 4 foot, had just kissed my very tall male friend... but that is another story...

Who knows?

December 09, 2006

Sniff, sniff... what's that smell? - #100

... that's the smell of 100 photos in 100 days!

This shot was taken today at BIg Red Dunes in Dubai, with my wife and our visiting good friends Stella and Keith. A cool day!

It's been a fun 100 days. I hope to bring many more photos over the next 100 days and more.

Thanks to all for dropping by!

Congrats to my Daily Photo Twin" Jing in Shanghai - who also celebrates 100 posts today!

Bluey, shaken not stirred and most assuredly - at your service.

December 08, 2006

Shoebeedoobiedoo - #99

No shoes allowed.

December 07, 2006

Gone Fishin' -#98

A pretty pleasant way to spend a day I'd think...

... however if I went fishing I'd be quite keen to eat my catch (sorry!) but these guys are fishing in the Creek and I would not advocate eating anything from there...

December 05, 2006

If Mini Porcelain Cows Could Fly - #97

... then they might look as cute as this beauty.

Spotted at the Dubai Ideal Home Show.

As was Ainsley Harriot... if ever there was someone who could make Bluey go a bit postal then that is the man. Grrrrrr.....

Rule No. 1 - #96

Rule No. 1 - Do Not Destroy.

December 04, 2006

Glass House Glass - #95

A very decent dining option - The Glasshouse @ Hilton Dubai Creek. Particularly good salad with black pudding and poached egg...

It is over shadowed a little with its neighbour Verre, which is Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay's Dubai restaurant. I was invited to dine there tonight and it was actually Gordon Ramsay that was overseeing the kitchen. I love food, but alas, the invitation did not include paying for me and as, allegedly, Dubai's best restaurant, with, allegedly, one of the world's best chefs in residence... it was a little pricy - so Bluey unfortunately had to decline graciously...

What's the best restaurant in your city?

(Should you care at all, in Dubai my 5 favourite places to eat currently are:

1) Barbeque at Jebel Ali beach including prawns, tuna steak & koftah
2) Coconut Grove - Sri Lankan / Kerala / Goan cuisine @ Rydges Plaza
3) Manhattan Grill - The Wagyu Beef Tenderloin @ Grand Hyatt
4) Al Safadi - Lebanese home delivery
5) Andiamo! - Friday brunch Italian style, fine wine and antipasti)

Anyways, I digress.


PS Michael - This is number 3 bar / restaurant at least - I expect you to keep a note :)

December 03, 2006

History Rising - #94

Here is the Burj Dubai. Burj means tower in arabic. This will be the tallest building in the world when it is finished.

It is currently about 88 floors high. As far as I know it will go to double this...

This was taken yesterday, before the rain started... Dubai is flooded right now...! It happens about once or twice a year.

December 02, 2006

A Bob Too Far? - #93

I couldn't decide on which one to use... so here is another "Bob" shot.

I'm sorry, but I feel a little part of me has become infected with Bob.

Tomorrow, I can confirm, will be Bob-free.

December 01, 2006

Bluey's Homage To Bob - #92

Each month several City Daily Photo blogs take part in a theme. This month has proved to be a challenge for myself, perhaps others too...

It's a little abstract / subjective. The idea is to take a photo like one of the best DPers so far, Bob from Barcelona. In this kind of style.

I was not sure at all which way to go with this...

Anyways, here is Bluey's Homage To Bob.

Taken in the beautiful Jumeriah Mosque, Nov 2006. Dubai UAE.

By the way - I would LOVE to know what Bob thought of our homage.

46 Daily Photo sites are participating in the 1st December theme, "A Photograph from the Waist Down" aka "A Homage To Bob", 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.

Porto -Greenville -Evry -Queens -Seattle, WA, USA -Stayton , OR, USA -Albuquerque, NM (USA) -Joplin, MO (USA) -Singapore (Raymond) -Guadalajara, Mexico -Santiago, Chile -London (UK) -Jakarta (Indonesia) -Bandung (Indonesia) -Melbourne, Aust (John) -Phoenix, AZ (US) -Twin Cities, MN -Newcastle upon tyne(England) -St. Paul, MN (USA) Carol -Szentes (Hungary) -Tuzla (BiH) -St. Paul Kate -Dubai (U.A.E.) -Nelson (New Zealand) -Sharon, CT USA -Tenerife (Spain) -Auckland (New Zealand) -Budapest (Hungary) -Sydney, Australia (Sally) -Sequim, WA -East Lansing, MI (USA) -Vantaa; Finland -Singapore (Zannnie) -Paris (France) -Kuala Lumpur -Shanghai, China -Sydney Aust (Nathalie) -Hyde (UK) -Akita City, Japan -Tokyo (Japan) -Rotterdam -Manila (Philippines) -Not Strictly Seattle -Stavanger (Norway) -Hong Kong -Chattanooga, Tennessee -

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"