One only has to flick through the world’s top travel magazines to see that Dubai is a rising star on the globe’s red carpet. With a handful of iconic landmarks and a cityscape that boasts the world’s tallest building, as well as the natural beauty of the sand and sea, Dubai is a photographer’s dream. The city’s skyline was voted seventh best in the world last month, ahead of Shanghai and Tokyo, according to respected industry consultant Emporis. From Monday March 5 to Saturday March 10, photography fair Gulf Photo Plus will give the snap-happy an opportunity to celebrate all things photo-related, with workshops, exhibitions and the opportunity to meet acclaimed visiting international and local photographers. But first, we reveal our favourite shots of Dubai (and one very cool shot in Umm Al Quwain!) as you’ve never seen it before. March 5-10, timings vary. Course prices Dhs50-Dhs5,000. Knowledge Village, www.gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2012 (04 380 8545).
Catalin Marin ‘I’ve been waiting to take this type of shot for more than three years. Last October things finally came together: location and good fog! The image was taken from the roof of a building on Sheikh Zayed Road. I knew I had a cool shot when I saw this big cloud splitting the image in two.’ Camera: Nikon D300. Catalin Marin, www.momentaryawe.com
Clint Lucas ‘This shot was taken in a sand-lot off 16B Street in Satwa. Most Friday mornings these two Emirati boys were out there for hours practising their spot kicks, corner kicks and goal-keeping. I was impressed by how hard the boys could boot the ball and keep goal!’ Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 28-70 2.8 lens. Clint Lucas, clintlucasimages.com
Verko Ignjatovic ‘I went to Meydan and positioned myself under the beautiful bridge that lights up blue at night, then waited for the sunset and started shooting. I moved from place to place, trying to capture as many shots as possible in about 20 minutes until the sun went down completely.’ Camera: Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm Canon lens.
David Nightingale ‘This is a shot of the interior of the Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane parked at the side of the road in Umm Al Quwain. Getting this shot was relatively straightforward, but getting away afterwards was a bit more of a problem, as we were spotted and questioned by a security guard. But it was definitely worth the hassle.’ Camera: This is an HDR image constructed from 11 original exposures, shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and an EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens. David Nightingale, www.chromasia.com
Juliet Dunne ‘This shot was taken on the night of the official opening of the Burj Khalifa. I parked in a residential area just behind Mercato Mall on my way home from work. Everyone started to pull up as the show was starting – the patterns in the foreground are car headlights and people’s shadows on a mass area of sand where previous villas had been demolished. My tripod was essential, as I was working with slow shutter speeds.’ Camera: Nikon D700 with tripod and SB900 flash.
Katarina Premfors ‘At a recent show, a couple stood looking at this image, debating if this was really shot in Dubai. I guess it’s not very Dubai – most people, like myself, didn’t notice these personalised sewage trucks to begin with. In every image there is a Dubai licence plate and the print was huge so it was hard to miss it, but it shows how easy it is to overlook something so obvious.’ Camera: Canon 5D with a 50mmm lens. Katarina Premfors, www.katarinapremfors.com