Waiting for sunset – Dubai, UAE

It’s 7am, haven’t slept since arriving the day before, just finished sunrise images of the Burj al Arab. Next photo set? Sunset of the Burj al Arab, 11 hours from now. Damn! What to do…

Go to Madinat Jumeirah, which is just down the road – Grab this shot on the way. See the security gates, you cannot just walk up to or into this hotel – By appointment/reservation only.

As you cross the entry way to the Madinat, look right and you’ll see this

The Madinat Jumeirah has been designed to look like the old houses in Dubai which have wind towers for air con

The inside of the Madinat is pretty cool, nothing is open this early in the morning

.. except the coffee shop where you can get these views

After breakfast consisting of many lattes and a croissant, you can take your life into your own hands and walk to the Emirates Mall Metro. Why are there no pavements in downtown Dubai? Does everyone drive all the time? I had purchased a Silver NOL card on arrival and wanted to use it to get around. I prefer public transport to taxis because you can end up in in-between places that you never thought of. Exploration is an important part of travel photography for me.

I took the metro and went south to the Dubai Marina and then later north to the Business Bay area. I spend the days scouting for locations, looking for interesting and unique views. Whilst I was in the Business Bay area I did go into the Dubai Mall and purchased a ticket for the “View At The Top” (Burj al Khalifa). Something to do later in the week.

By this time it was getting to 4pm so I made my way back to the Burj al Arab. I did get a taxi from the Emirates Mall Metro – I was getting tired from the lack of sleep.

I “set up shop” near to where I wanted my composition to be. I had recently purchased the “Canon TS-E 24mm F3.5L” lens. This is my lens of choice now for nearly all the shots you will see of architecture and cityscapes. On these trips I take 3 lenses with me: Canon EF 17-40 F4L (wide), Canon EF 24-105 F4L IS (semi-wide to semi-tele – my walkabout lens) and the Canon TS-E 24mm F3.5L tilt/shift lens (for architecture/cityscapes).

So after all that, here is the Burj al Arab at sunset

Burj al Arab at sunset

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