An image of one of the hallways at the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Yas hotel is located in Yas Island which is where the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix is held annually, its futuristic/modern design really suits the theme of the formula 1 and how they aspire to be the leading edge of motor racing.
A typical pattern that you’ll often find in Islamic Architecture. This is a part of a ramp railing that took you to an underground tunnel in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The Grand Mosque of Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi across the Khor Al Maqta.
A section of an underground tunnel in Abu Dhabi’s corniche.
This is my entry for this week’s photo challenge, a collage of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The place has changed so much over the years that I hardly recognize it, where there used to be water they have built man made land!
Going back to my trip to Abu Dhabi from last year, here is another image from my one only attempt to go on a morning walk. These are the stairs and ramps that take you to the corniche from the underground tunnels that connect you the city. I had previously posted about the underground tunnel and I must admit its one of my favorite images that I took. In case you can’t tell, I had symmetry on mind that day
This is from that infamous day in Abu Dhabi, where I thought I can handle the heat of the Middle East; after all I grew up there. While I had about an hour to kill early in the morning I strolled for a walk to the corniche and decided to take some pics. The terrain has changed so much since I grew up there; now you have to take an underground tunnel to get to the other side of the road! This is the tunnel looking back into the city, one of the workers was biking towards me and I just caught him while he was dab smack in the middle
This is an image that I took of Abu Dhabi back when I was there in May of this year. I grew up in Abu Dhabi, I spent 10 years of my life there before we immigrated to Canada in 1990 and haven’t “really” been back since then; I’ve been to Dubai a few times but thats not the same for a person that grew up there . I can hardly recognize the place anymore, there are hints of what used to be there but the whole city has gone through a major facelift. This made me think of all the revolutions that are going on in the Arab world, they’ve all stemmed from the fact that the public are fed up with the government and they are demanding changes. I don’t think you’ll ever see such an uprising in the UAE for one simple reason: the rulers of that country used the “oil” money to build their country and not their army! They still have their own human rights issues but I believe they are at least in the right direction.
Its been a few hot & humid days in San Diego which is not the norm, specially the humidity! All of this heat made me think of my time in the UAE, even though I was there before their “hot season” started it was definitely hot & muggy. This shot was taken at the Yas Marina which is the island that they hold the Formula 1 race at; we stepped out of the building for no more than 5 minutes so I (the tourist ) can see more of the track. I snapped this image and a few more that I shared in a previous post.Continue Reading»
Here is another one from the archives, actually I think there is going to be a heavy reliance on my archives for the next couple of days/weeks. I really want to get back to posting often but that thing that is called real life is taking a toll on me; all is good, just super busy with my real job. This one is back from Abu Dhabi and it was across the very famous Sheikh Zayed mosque (I believe its currently the largest mosque in the world). A few minutes earlier when I was trying to photograph the mosque I was talked to by security, they didn’t want me to take pictures of that housing complex across the water but he was OK with me taking pictures of the mosque; I actually had to show him on my camera! The more I think about it its probably because that part of the world really likes to go all out when it comes to architecture, each housing complex has its own unique design and trademarks. Unlike North America where there are about 4-5 main builders with their own style that we just see over & over, so perhaps they didn’t want someone to copy the design?!?!Continue Reading»