Dubai, a Visual Paradise for Photographers

By: Robert Thomson


Sandy desert patterns shadowed by crushed shell and coral is what primarily sets the city of Dubai apart from its sister Arab lands to the south.

Dubai, located along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf is a visual paradise for photographers. The level, barren desert rolls right up to the Hajar Mountains, which themselves run along Dubai's border with neighboring Oman. East of the city of Dubai, the salt-stained sabkha (coastal plain) loses its way in a range of dunes that run from north to south. The Western portion of the Hajar range has a dry and craggy personality, with peaks rising to over 1,300 meters in some places. It is picturesque in its own unique way and makes for world-class scenery.

The people and the culture of Dubai, amazingly coexistence within the timeless beauty of the region. Such influences join hands with nature, light and a palette of colors both bright and muted to create a unique set of portraits of near-magical beauty.

How can this natural beauty best be communicated? An artist's eye, combined with the wonders of the latest photographic technology, would best demonstrate this land's unique qualities. Although the beauty of Dubai is best revealed through the majesty of photography, one should see the land in person as it is also a worthwhile experience. One that can be enriched once enticed by the artist-photographer's eye.

Dubai is also a very diverse and culturally varied city to visit. Opportunities for entertainment and exploration are virtually endless. With a large variety of beaches to visit, as well as shopping centers, exhibitions, cinemas, restaurants and festivals, you will not lack in finding entertainment. In the evening, the views and nightlife are not only amazing but quite picturesque.

Contrasts and dramatic juxtapositions are what make this city extremely photogenic. Desert and city, old ways and new, the earth and the sky - are always captivating the imagination. The old and the new meet each other throughout this land, providing rich raw material for photo exhibits, and the translation of life, and living things, into a two-dimensional art form seems almost a magical occurrence. Powerful images, of light and dark and shadow and color, resonate with all who have eyes to see.

If you are looking for events to attend while in Dubai, there are many to choose from throughout the year. For example, January and February is the time to enjoy the Dubai Marathon, a charitable event with three types of races enabling the event to attract a wider scope of entries. There is the "fun run," which is only a 3km distance for those who have not attained first-rate fitness status, and the "over 15's" run, a 10km contest. Finally, there is the long distance race, a 50km marathon that is restricted to those 18 years and over.

Although Dubai is well known as a shopper's paradise throughout the year, the month of January is particularly good for bargain hunters. Throughout January, over two million visitors flock to Dubai for the month-long Shopping Festival, which seems to involve every shop in the city. Concerts, children's entertainment, fireworks displays and other events offer a welcome break from the regional shopping frenzy.

These events are as much of the fabric of Dubai as the sands and skies. The sights, sounds and meaning of these cultural and social events can somehow inhabit a photograph, as if the photographer's camera - his third eye - captures every dimension of the subject. Perhaps those who can hear a picture and see a song can understand what it means to discover Dubai in a photo. When said that a thousand words is often spoken by a photograph, for Dubai, this seems too low. A million words or more wait to pour forth on viewing the majestic beauty of Dubai in the photographs that are taken with such love, care and honesty.

Dubai has always been a fantastic vacation spot for the world traveler and can be especially exciting for younger individuals looking for something out of the ordinary. Dubai is a beautiful and majestic city to travel to, as can be learned from the many deeply moving portraits taken of its people and its places. For those who feel like there are no Shangri-La's left to find, who might be a bit played out in terms of places to visit, there remain a few spots in the world that are truly different and within a league of their own. This is certainly the case with Dubai, whose epic beauty and effortless grace are captured through the majesty of photography, and which invite you to see it all up close and personal, for yourself, someday soon.

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