Gulf Photo Plus hits town this week. Time Out gets in the frame with 10 unique snaps of Dubai
Time Out Dubai Staff
Go off the beaten track and find places other photographers might not have seen. A Time Out photographer caught construction workers at play with this striking action shot. Even the daily toil of difficult labour can't diminish the love of the game and these gentlemen grab every opportunity they can to break out the bat and ball and practice slip fielding.
As an amateur photographer you might not have the necessary equipment to take perfect images. But you should always look out for personality. Keep your camera at hand at all times and you will often see a great shot waiting to happen. This would be a standard shot of a cleaner in the Old Town district of Dubai were it not for the makeshift shade this man had made for himself. His ingenuity is as pronounced as the engineering in the amazing Burj Dubai just behind him.
A perfect blend of old and new Dubai in this shot. ‘Old’ represented by the weather-beaten ship in the foreground – a nod to the emirate’s trading past – and ‘new’ in the form of the grand hotels that mark the city’s latest incarnation as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.
Bastakiya’s wind towers and narrow
lanes are some of the most evocative
landmarks in Dubai, giving visitors a glimpse
into what once was. A stone’s throw from this
shot lies Dubai Creek. Once a major trading
hub and still used today to transport goods,
it also offers one of the best journeys in the
city – the one dirham abra ride is a must-do
for any resident or tourist.
In Dubai, sometimes all it takes to see a new aspect of the city comes by looking at it from a different angle. The broad stretch of concrete and steel that is Business Bay Crossing is given new life by being captured, squarely, from right underneath. Surely we can’t be the only ones who think that row of sculputral girders look a little like modernist Eiffel Towers from this somewhat curious perspective?
One of the city’s most astonishing changes is taking place down Marina way, where the high-rise towers of Jumeirah Beach Residence jut, Bladerunner-style into the sky. This shot perfectly captures the almost graphic stylings of multi-levelled living, with its geometric blocks and shapes.
Light, texture and contrast all play their part in creating a strong photographic image, as this shot reveals. Again, it’s the old and the new that come into play here, as classic Arabian iconography – in the form of the carpet – plays against Dubai’s enduring architectural icon, the
Burj Al Arab.
An abra ride is an essential stop for many tourists in Dubai but it is also a daily routine for many residents and even a way of life for others. This snap shows off the vibrancy of one of Dubai's most colourful districts. The bold reds, blues, greens and yellows are in stark contrast with much of the surrounding area where dull browns and faded grey are more common. The abra driver makes the most of an unusually quiet time to clean the front of his boat.
Dubai at night is a very different proposition. After the scorching sun sets the pace of city life actually steps up a gear and the Sheikh Zayed Road area is a hive of after dark activity. The Emirates Towers turn from business hub to entertainment epicentre as revellers visit the bars and restaurants there. Traffic on the Sheikh Zayed Road will not diminish until well after midnight. The action and speed just jump of the screen in this image.
There aren’t many of us who will get to experience landing on the
Burj Al Arab’s helipad for ourselves, but this at least gives us a tiny glimpse into what has to be one of the city’s most iconic Fantasy Islandstyle moments. We’re loving that red-carpet.