Photography: Dubai UAE – Architecture and the Marina

I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Dubai, and have chosen some of my favourite photos to share on this blog. These are mainly of the modern buildings around the Dubai Marina – most of which are less than 10 years old.

When you walk around this area, you notice that the buildings are all in shades of pale khaki, blue and grey. It’s surprising how beautiful high-rise buildings can be!

Canon 20mm lens – f/9 for 1/400 second at ISO800

We walked around the Dubai Marina quite early in the morning, having caught a bus to the Metro station, and the train from there to the Marina. The Marina is full of luxury yachts, as you would expect. I didn’t see many people around – it was pretty warm, about 30 degrees C by 10 am.

Canon 20mm lens – f/5.6 for 1/250 second at ISO250

A closer look at some of the yachts – dream on, guys! We will NEVER be able to afford one of these babies…

Canon 20mm lens – f/9 for 1/400 second at ISO 1250

Now here’s something you don’t see every day – this brand new building TWISTS a full 90 degrees between the base and the top – I’m dying to see how they finish it off… it just begs to go around at least another 90!

Canon 20mm lens – f/11 for 1/250 second at ISO1000

We took the ferry from the Marina out around the Palm Island, at sunset. I took this shot on the way back. The light was just right….

Canon 20mm lens – f8 for 1/125 second at ISO400

Back on solid ground, we took a walk around the gardens of the magnificent Royal Mirage Hotel. This photo was taken from their private beach, looking towards the Palm Island, with the causeway between the mainland and the Island on the right.

Canon 20mm lens – f 2.8 for 1 second at ISO1600

And finally, because I can’t resist it, here’s a photo with my crazy Canon 7-15mm lens. This is the Palace Hotel, near the Burj Khalifa – at the other end of town from the Marina. (See my previous blog of photos of the Burj and Downtown Dubai for more photos of the Palace Hotel at night.)

Canon 7-15mm lens – 8mm focal length – f/10 for 1/400 second at ISO200

Next time, I will share photos of the Dubai Creek, the Souks and some little ocean-going Dhows you won’t believe people are brave enough to sail in all day 🙂

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P.S. If you’ve recently been to Dubai, or if you live there, I’d love to know what you think of the city’s modern architecture. Please feel free to leave a comment.

 

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5 comments on “Photography: Dubai UAE – Architecture and the Marina

  1. How did you get that last photo. Were you staying there or are tourists allowed to visit the poolside? I’d love to get a photo from this view point!

    • Hi Karl,
      That last photo was taken from the public area outside the Palace Hotel. Its essentially the same viewpoint as a couple of the nighttime shots. Its a great spot, isn’t it? My husband’s company were involved in the design architecture of the water feature, so I was very proud to show it off!
      You are sure to enjoy Dubai! Let me know, and PLEASE post your pics. I am sure they will be a lot more exciting than mine 🙂

  2. Very nice photos! I hope you had a great time here. I’m actually based in Dubai myself; I read your last note about wanting to know opinions – or have a look at photos – of Dubai’s architecture. Well, I’m personally in love with the design of the city. I’ve got quite a few photographs you might be interested in that I keep uploading onto my blog – have a look and tell me what you think: http://www.iceonplamtrees.com.

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