Monday Window: 24/10/16

High rise buildings in Dubai can go up to 163 floors ( Think Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, until the next one is built, probably in Dubai) but mainly tend to be around 40 stories.

The Burj Khalifa, towering above its neighbors….

Windows or the modern design equivalent are needed to bring in natural light.

This building is next to mine. It’s 46 floors high and home to a telecom company on the lower floors and a hotel on the higher floors.

The building design, overlooking Sheik Zayed road and the metro…

 Through my small window opening it looks like this in the day, with views of Dubai marina and the Palm Jumeirah development…

My first action now the heat is decreasing is to open the window to let some fresh air inside before the sun sneaks around and makes it impossible.

It’s always an interesting reflection on the windows next door…

I usually cast a little glance either way through my limited opening window.

I saw some people had started work next door outside.

The window cleaners.

Not too many people abseil for their working day…





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The Burj Khalifa, Dubai is currently the tallest building in the world.

Another such structure is forecast in this city of extremes to go higher, but it’s still in the planning stage.

Burj Khalifa dominates the Dubai skyline and just on occasions when the atmosphere is clearer and the sun is the right position and you have your camera in the car and get lucky going over a bridge or at a traffic light ( I have to add here  “as a passenger “in case you are thinking I’m snapping as I’m driving) you can just catch this massive Eye of Dubai shining over the city… I haven’t seen Frodo or Gollum here yet, but nothing would surprise me !





Thursday Doors: 20/10/16

Last week I posted some older-style traditional Emirati doors from Dibba on the UAE’s East coast for Thursday Doors.

This week, here’s some modern ones from the same area on UAE’s East coast.

A mixture of doors and gates as modern properties are mostly walled and gated, so it’s rare to see the actual door into the house.

The more I explore and snap for this challenge, the more I am learning about local culture, traditions, and styles.

Doors have great significance in Arab history. Traditional Arabic doors from the region are unique pieces of local heritage dating back 500 years. As well as being functional, they are one of the most important forms of decorative expression to be found in the region’s forts and houses.

The amount and quality of the carving depend on the price of the door and therefore the status of the household and culture.

Moving forward into this decade, the door tradition seems to continue.

Dibba’s roundabouts are maritime-themed….

Heading for what I call pink cowrie beach…

You pass through a new housing area. Every house has their individual style of doors and gates…










Trying to find the way back to the road, bumping through an older part of town, some traditional gates…

And look, there’s one door left under the tree, just for me!

Past Shark roundabout…

Ah, destination correct. Last beach of the day…

Time to head back home past Pot roundabout…

Sunset, but another 2 hours back to Dubai…

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Monday Window: 17/10/16

Driving through Fujeirah, on the UAE coast on Saturday, I spotted a bank building with a pleasing design arrangement of windows.

Shot from the car, too much traffic, in the wrong lane, sadly no time to park up and line up the windows….



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