British photojournalist Alex Atack captures the constantly shifting landscape of Dubai, his adopted home. He calls the series Under Construction, illustrating how construction is constant and Dubai’s citizens still live amongst the change. Continue reading »
Dogs play at the indoor park of My Second Home, a newly opened luxury pet resort and spa, in Dubai, April 24, 2015. (Photo by Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)
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A Russian daredevil has captured a vertigo-inducing selfie – while standing on top of a Dubai skyscraper. Continue reading »
Honeymooners and other tourists from the Gulf are heading to the throbbing heart of Dubai to beat the summer heat by cooling off at the first “ice lounge” in the Middle East.
The interior decor of Dubai’s Chillout cafe is made entirely of carved ice, with frozen picture frames, ice curtains and frosty seats covered in fur. Can you imagine you’re in a freezing café while it’s 35 degrees (Celsius) outside?
Visitors are kitted out with thermal jackets, boots and fur hats provided by the cafe in a striking similarity to the ice hotels which dot Scandinavia in winter. Visitors to Chillout pay Dh60 for a 40-minute visit and are served one hot drink. The cafe can fit 40 people at a time and gets about 100 visitors a da
Honeymooner Ahmed, form Saudi Arabia who got married last week, kisses his veiled bride at Chillout cafe in Dubai May 12, 2013. Chillout, owned by UAE’s Sharaf Group, is the first ice lounge in the Middle East, with temperatures set at –6 degrees Celsius (21 degrees Farenheit). The cafe, with its illuminated interiors, curtains, paintings and seating arrangements, is all made of carved ice and frozen sculptures. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters) Continue reading »
Glittery, glitzy, and glam, Dubai is certainly an attention-seeker. This Middle Eastern metropolis was barely on the international radar a decade ago. Now, it’s one of the hottest destinations on the planet.
Dubai is an engineering playground of modern marvels and manmade meccas. Its rise in global prominence is astounding and its allure remains as strong as ever.
Dubai’s flamboyant hotels, dazzling shopping malls and towering skyscrapers attest to its bold vision of the future. Materialistic to the bone, the city coined the term “shopping festival” – an annual event with the sole purpose of getting people to travel to Dubai and spend money.
Ostentatious as it may be, at its heart, Dubai remains what it’s always been: a traditional Islamic town.
An aerial view of The Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis hotel in Dubai January 7, 2012. (REUTERS / Jumana El-Heloueh Continue reading »
The Dubai Mall, the Address Dubai Mall hotel, and Dubai fountain are seen at night in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai and its state-owned non-financial companies have $101.5 billion of outstanding debt and may need further financial support to meet those obligations, Moody’s said. (Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg) Click image to zoom.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (yellow) arrives at a metro station to inaugurate the second metro rail network, after a two-year delay, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 9, 2011. (Karim Sahib / AFP – Getty Images) Continue reading »
“Higher, greater, more luxurious. If it was after Sheik Muhammad bin Rashid al Maktoum – and it is – Dubai will become the world metropolis of architectural wonders and records. This is only possible to achieve with the sweat of a gigantic labour army from abroad. Hundredthousands of these foreign workers labour on the constructionsites for very low vages, live pent-up in tiny barracks and seperate from their families for many years.”
This is a photographic documentary, made by photographer Florian Büttner, is about the everyday-life of the men with the unity-coloured overalls. The men outside the lap of luxury, who exist in the shadows of the skyscrapers.
“They have been the cheapest on the market and the ones most driven to abandon their rights to make a living. Circumstances made them to what they are in my eyes. Modern slaves. Not taken by force like in the old days, but forced by their lives in the arms of the highest bidder for human resources. From roughly 1 million people living in Dubai, around 800.000 are or were foreign workers. This is a new dimension in the history of foreign labours and shows one aspect of globalisation.”
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The workers are waiting for the bus to bring them back to the camp after a hard day of work in the heat of Dubai. Continue reading »
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