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Old January 3rd, 2013, 06:19 AM   #1
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hkskyline's 2012 in DUBAI

Dubai is a cheap free flight redemption from Hong Kong, although it is a bit misleading with a huge tax and surcharge slapped on top. Winter is the best time to visit, with mornings and evenings being cool enough to wear a light jacket. The sun never seems to be covered up, and the blue skies were a welcome sight for photo-taking.

1. Dubai is a land of new skyscrapers. Sheikh Zayed Road is quite a sight, with tall buildings lined on both sides but the density tapers off quite dramatically just a few blocks out.





3. The local architectural style is quite unique and distinct.



4. So the hunt starts for lots of skyline shots from various different angles.



5. Burj al Arab offers the best view because it is higher than the rest, although the metro ride out towards Jebel Ali offers quite a surprise as well.



6. Dubai also has traditional stuff to see, contrary to popular opinion. A few buildings have been renovated and are now museums showcasing life before oil, including designs that maximized wind intake to cool down the structure during the scorching months.





8. Being next to the sea, Dubai also has no shortage of seafood. I even spotted a few sharks being put on sale.



9. Any visit to Dubai must include Burj Khalifa. It is just way too tall. Too bad the observation deck is only half way up. I was lucky to snatch up an online reservation which was originally all booked out, saving 300 dirham for an on-the-spot ticket.



10. Southwards - The city tapers off into desert quite quickly. Dubai is a fairly linear city stretching along the coast from east to west.















17. Eastwards - The linear skyline along Sheikh Zayed Road becomes very clear. With the sun behind me, the lighting was perfect.





















27. Northwards - The observation deck is located on the 124th floor of the building, which is still some distance from the top. Surprisingly, the outdoor deck was not windy at all, and it didn't seem that high above the ground after all.







30. The reclaimed islands of The World lie just off the coast.





32. Westwards - Another cluster of new skyscrapers is under construction.









36. Near the elevator, a gold bar ATM awaits to be used.



The full set : http://www.globalphotos.org/dubai.htm

More highlights in the next part.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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What a surreal place.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:51 AM   #3
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37. Heritage House is a restored 19th century structure fully-furnished to depict traditional life in Dubai.































52. The fish, vegetable, and meat markets are centralized under one roof. Plenty of shoppers were inside buying their day's groceries.











57. The fish market is an incredibly chaotic place. Although vendors can choose to showcase their catch in large, white boxes, some have chosen the traditional way of laying their goods on the ground.

























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Old January 7th, 2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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Amazing and very nice photos from Dubai, hkskyline
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Old January 9th, 2013, 04:58 AM   #5
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70. Many dhows and transport vessels dock along Dubai Creek. Everything from soap to air-conditioners are packed into these boats, and the busy day begins bright and early.













76. All types of cargo are transported around the Gulf region and Africa by boat.

















































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Old January 9th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #6
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Yep it is impressive but so far a way from the best of asia such as tokio singaopre, hongkong, shanghai etc. So rooney i think it shouded be edited. The skyline of hn . Or something like that
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Old January 13th, 2013, 04:35 PM   #7
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101. Souks are interesting markets that easily overwhelm the senses. Dubai's spice and gold souks start a few steps inland from the Creek.

































































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Old January 13th, 2013, 04:45 PM   #8
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amazing photos from Dubai...thanks for sharing.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 09:55 PM   #9
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great pics

i have a question what camara do you used for this photos ?
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Old January 13th, 2013, 10:01 PM   #10
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Wonderful! It's great to see Dubai through your lens!
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Old January 14th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #11
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great pics

i have a question what camara do you used for this photos ?
Canon 450D
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Old January 24th, 2013, 06:33 PM   #12
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Jumeirah Mosque is open for tours once a day. It's part of their program to promote the understanding of Islam and hopefully change some misconceptions that have arisen in the West.





















The interior was intricately-decorated, although it wasn't that big. The tour took about 45 minutes and the rest of the hour was for questions.















While Muslims need to pray 5 times a day, this clock shows 6. The 6th is sunrise, designed for those who have decided the first prayer time was too early in the day.



Madinat Jumeirah is a hotel and mall complex designed with history in mind. It's one of those man-made theme park-style venues that's trying to build up a soul.













Some of the shops are set up in an outdoor souk format with wind towers as a backdrop. The scene is quite authentic to what I experienced in Bur Dubai.










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Old January 27th, 2013, 04:43 PM   #13
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Very nice! Good to see that Dubai isn't just sand and glass.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 08:17 PM   #14
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Burj al Arab is not accessible to the general public. The best place to photograph is to head to the public beach a few minutes down the street.









A reservation at the hotel or restaurant is needed to enter the premises.





















The sail looks like a fabric covering, and it didn't seem too good deflecting the sun's heat. It was quite warm inside, although it wasn't a particularly hot winter day outside.



















I booked a lunch at the top floor restaurant. The food was very expensive but service was great. They didn't have a window seat for me despite arriving early. I knew from earlier discussions that they could not guarantee a window seat, so I wasn't at all surprised. But they eventually found a seat and moved me over later on. How thoughtful!













With the city below me, I looked for the key landmarks, such as the reclaimed islands in The World.







The bar occupies the best side of the top floor. With fewer people around during my late lunch, I perched by their window for this crazy shot of Dubai's modernity.







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Old February 26th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #15
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Dubai Marina - This cluster of skyscrapers is within walking distance of man-made water features.

















The Marina is man-made, and the area seems fairly well-developed aleady, with a mini-skyline shaping up.





























Atlantis is visible in the distance. This was also one of two sections of the Marina that opens to the sea.















Luxury residences sit on top of a mall. The podium level was beautified with lots of greenery and places to informally sit down and enjoy.









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The cargo boats and dhows occupy the Creek's waterfront up to the souks, after which the passenger abras take over.



A lot of these air-conditioned bus stops I encountered were not working.











A private abra tour is extroardinary expensive, but a ride on a public commuter abra costs only 1 dirham.















Behind these empty abras is the Shindagha historic area.













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Old March 20th, 2013, 05:38 AM   #17
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Sheikh Zayed Road is the grand avenue that crosses Dubai from west to east. Skyscrapers line both sides uniformly, which creates an interesting linear cityscape.















Being a straight, wide, road, it's no surprise that some Emiratis would choose to race here.















The twin Emirates Towers gleam against the morning sunshine.





Try making it across to the other side alive.











The Dubai Metro employs driverless automation.











There's still plenty of construction happening along the road.









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Great pix, however I like the old parts of Dubai much more. Highrises and modern buildings are found anywhere these days but traditional Dubai and its Souqs are so beautiful and unique
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 01:19 PM   #19
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great pictures, it's really nice to see that there is more to Dubai than flashy modern skyscrapers (although I never get tired of seeing those either)
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A deep pedestrian tunnel traverses the Creek, with long ramps that didn't seem to end. Here is the view from the Shindagha side.











The Diving Village showcases pearl diving, which used to play a major part of the local economy.







There was no shortage of sun in Dubai. While there was a cool sea breeze, it seems the 25C heat has scared the tourists away.











The buildings along the waterfront have been restored and many are open to the public. The Sheikh Obaid Bin Thani House was built in 1917.



















Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House













The Traditional Architecture Museum is tucked behind the waterfront. The style is similar to the other buildings though.











This part of the Creek isn't busy at all as the abras and dhows choose to dock further upstream.







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