Liwa is the legendary oasis of Abu Dhabi. It marks the last “civilized” place in the Emirates before the vast emptiness of the Rub Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. The oasis is a crescent of … Continue reading
Every year the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage organizes a Camel Festival in the Western Region capital city, Madinat Zayed. Much hyped in the radio and on the streets, it’s actually very hard to understand what exactly is … Continue reading
While Abu Dhabi is definitely a very pleasant place to live, Bahrain has more cultural heritage – and it has done a lot to preserve it. The reversal of fortune between the two countries is actually stunning. Bahrain’s major lifeline … Continue reading
The last few shots before going back to civilization… Related posts: No related posts.
Modern Art in the Middle East It is surprising what hidden treasures lie in some unlikely places in the Middle East. Bahrain’s restauration of the Muharraq old quarter is exemplary. Having grown to love this place over a few visits, … Continue reading
A bit of street photography with the X100s. I still need to learn to get close and talk to people. But I really like the way the camera renders colors and textures. Related posts: No related posts.
Less than an hour away from home, the Desert can be a magical place for a playdate with the kids, watching the sunset, and a nice barbecue with friends. There is a magical quality to this which never ceases to … Continue reading
The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and FujiFilm ME organised a “get to know the X100s” event last night. I was lucky enough to be one of the 10 participants – even though I already had my own X100s. It … Continue reading
This year’s GPP2013 has been done and dusted for more than a week. My class mates are back in Trinidad or India and have already posted their pictures & thoughts. Me? I live an hour away and I’m still thinking … Continue reading
I’ll write a longer review of the X100s, and an even longer multi post play by play of GPP 2013. In the meantime, some shots of the Qasr al Hosn festival today. These are handheld, ISO 6400, camera JPEG shots. … Continue reading
Whenever we want to show Dubai to friends and family, and often when we are in town for a week-end, we take a trip along Dubai Creek in an abra. As in most towns split by a body of water, … Continue reading
The Dubai skyline is getting to be an iconic view – immediately recognisable if you include burj Khalifa in the frame. On a recent visit, we were lucky enough to have a room with a view, a balcony, and to … Continue reading
Don’t envy me. I did spend 3 days at Qasr Al Sarab near Liwa a few weeks ago, but it was for work, I swear. I did get some time to take a few pictures and have fun with sand … Continue reading
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As we were making our way to the Musandam peninsula last week-end, to enjoy a day on a boat looking at fjords and dolphins, my wife reflected that when we leave the region, we won’t have very many pictures of … Continue reading
Liwa Oasis is the historical seat of the Bani Yas tribe, whose descendants rule over Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It’s an amazing swath of green in the middle of the desert (see here) next to some of the most beautiful … Continue reading
The desert is in the genetic make up of Emiratis. Most of them will spend some time camping, or out on the farm of relative somewhere when they get a chance. So it’s no surprise that crazier members of the … Continue reading