When you think of Dubai’s skyscrapers, maybe you think of one of these:
Dubai is full of other interesting buildings that don’t get much recognition. I had planned to spend a day with my camera taking pictures of some of the pretty buildings downtown. (To see buildings in the Marina, click here.) Well, time ran out so instead I snapped these on my last few days with my mobile phone as I was running errands. Maybe it’s not the most representative collection, but it’s my last-ditch effort to remember what Dubai looked like in 2014, as it’s sure to look very different, very soon, with all the construction that’s going on.
The Dusit Thani hotel:
The Address hotel:
Dubai International Financial Centre
I once read that 25% of all the world’s cranes were in Dubai. Then I read that was just an urban myth. True or not, there does seem to be a LOT of cranes around!
One thing I liked about Dubai when we first arrived was the clear view of the skyline on Sheikh Zayed Road from lots of places on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road. These views are disappearing as more and more shopping malls and development are planned for the area.
Future home of the Dubai Opera House:
I wanted to take a pictures of these guys while they were working, but they wanted to pose. After I snapped this, their boss came over and asked what I was doing. I suddenly felt a little afraid. “Ummm, just documenting the growth of Dubai, sir.” He smiled and said he wanted to make sure nothing was wrong. That made me feel like something must be wrong. Or maybe he was just annoyed that I was distracting the workers.
The heat index was around 125F (51C) when I took this. Just standing outside for a few minutes to take these photos was extremely uncomfortable, so I can’t imagine what it would be like to dig ditches or lift heavy machinery. These guys are amazing.
Here are just a handful of the countless workers who are turning a sleepy fishing village into a cosmopolitan city attracting millions of visitors ever year.