PHOTO DIARY: Dubai

 

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The Dubai Expo 2020 wall at Sikka.

My stopover in the dessert city was as colourful as the city is multicultural.  I was fortunate enough to be there whilst Sikka Art Fair dominated the Al Bastakiya area.  In contrast to the modern vibes and expatriate-heavy culture of Sikka, the Heritage Village gave a wonderful insight into Dubai’s past in pictures and architecture.  Of course, a trip to JBR will not be complete without spending Saturday on the Kite Beach, suffering from a Barasti hangover, and overlooking the mighty Burj Al Arab, the epitomic symbol of the city’s luxurious offerings.

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Two ladies by the buildings that compose the Heritage Village.  It was striking to see how women were portrayed in the olden days: very conservative (with burkas and batullas) and inconspicuous.
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A colourful display of flags at the Kite Beach
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Hanging wall of messages, notes, and quotes to attendees of Sikka 2016.  My friends dedicated a’Welcome to Dubai Julia’ card for me – how heartfelt.
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One of the many kites about to take flight on a warm Saturday afternoon.  Seeing the men struggle to keep it upright made me think about the skill and rigour required to fly kites with control, something which never even crossed my mind previously.
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Playing with sculpture and lighting effects.
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‘Make Art’ cafe at Sikka, preparing for the downpour in Dubai that evening.
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A teddy bear figure constructed from clay.
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Red sandals: beautifully adorned with prints and feathers.  Tales of travels, journeys and hardships in art form.
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Upcycling plastic bottles to create a wall of all things green and friendly.

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The images above may not be what you expected Dubai to be like.  When I step foot in the Sikka Art Fair, I was pleasantly surprised – Lebanese hip-hop DJs, truffle fries, and live music were in abundance.  This was not the Dubai imagined, yet again re-iterating how it is often the most unassuming (and highly-documented places) that often take you by surprise.

In a totally unrelated note, I enjoy using VSCO to edit my photos – I’m a fan of the recent TAKUxVSCO preset release.  Would love to hear people’s thoughts on photo editing software/apps!

How did you find my photo journal of Dubai?  Was it what you expected?

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