Every work day in Dubai, my route took me up Sheik Zayed Road, the main artery through the city.
If I left home at 6.45am I would be in work at my desk by 7.30 at the latest, insha’Allah, إنشاءالله (God willing)
If I left it too much later, then it was anyone’s guess, insha’Allah, what time I would arrive depending on the volume of traffic, accidents and traffic diversions. Luckily there was no pressure at work to clock in, all management had to drive these roads too. You just needed to make sure you didn’t abuse the potential excuse.
At times Dubai suffers intense humidity and I’d love to see the tower blocks shrouded in mist in the early morning. It made for some nice atmospherics to view, sitting in the queues to exit Sheik Zayed road at Defence roundabout (or maybe the name changed, the roundabout changed out of all recognition into one of those confusing( at first) daisy-loop exits which now appear all over the main highways in Dubai)
My route took me past Business Bay where the Burj Khalifa ( currently the world’s tallest building) is situated. The surrounding area is full of architectural delights so I would be quite happy when I was stuck, stationary in interminable traffic queues to get the chance to just shoot an angle on my iPhone. I don’t think I was alone in this indulgence.
I played with the photos using Snapseed for iPhone (not in the car, of course) and I loved the fantasy of the results.
It turned a foggy Dubai into a real-life Gotham City for me.
These are a few from a very humid September/October 2015.
And one day when I got into the lift, there was just me and this little fellow, quadrupled. Sadly the 6 seconds only let me photograph him, I wonder where he went to…