A small part of Dubai’s “Box Park” as seen at night. The Box Park, called “Container City” by some residents of the Malabari variety, is actually exactly that, located along the stretch of the posh Al Wasl street that lies in between Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road, parallel to both. The Box Park is an outdoor linear shopping mall whose structures are made up of used shipping containers or in the shape of boxes, housing very expensive cafes, boutiques and the like. You can see the Yamaha Cafe in this photo. These are vividly lit at night in many colors and patterns and the entire place is quite an experience to visit.
The Dubai Mall is the greatest attractions of Dubai. The Mall is really a combination of many malls, and “The Souk” is one of those, which is a part of The Dubai Mall with shopping areas designed with architecture to give a feel of a medieval Arabian bazaar while housing the most contemporary of brands. The central area of The Souk, shown in this photo, has jewelry shops lining either side while hand cats selling silks make up the central area. Like everything else in Dubai, this is also richly appointed with intricate, minute attention to detail. The Dubai Mall. Nothing quite like it!
A view of the Dubai Marina from the outlet towards the Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf beyond. Immaculately clean, unbelievably pristine and planned down to the minutest detail with not a brick out of place, the Dubai Marina is the “poshest” part of Dubai and among the poshest of the world. It is an artificial waterway of blue, aquamarine and topaz waters, where rich people from around the world park their yachts (you can also hire yachts) surrounded by skyscrapers offering uber-luxury housing and office spaces, with very exclusive restaurants and shopping areas. You will wonder if all that what you see is real. The two towers on the left are Al Murjan and Al Mesk.
The Dubai Metro’s train number 5051 running service on the Red Line along the financial district, the showcase part of Sheikh Zayed Road, taken just before the Financial Center Metro station. All the myriad skyscrapers lining the road cast permanent shadows on the road and the elevated tracks. The station seen in the background is Emirates Towers. The slanting rays of the sun seem the buildings and structures to be made of Gold, which is what Dubai is. The guy standing in the front of the train is not the driver, Dubai Metro trains are driverless and fully automated.
The night view from the observation deck at the Jebel Hafeet mountain near Al-Ain in Eastern UAE on the border with Oman. The place is one of the favorite getaways for people from all over the southern Gulf region. Sadly, the top of the mountain is nothing but a large parking area filled with cars all the time. The surroundings and everything else looks yellow because the entire area is lit by yellow sodium vapor lamps. It would be awesome if these were to be replaced by daylight fluorescent lamps, as it would bring out the various colors of the rocks ranging from white to sand to yellow to orange to red. This is a long exposure photo, light trains of cars can also be seen.
A bright yellow Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Coupe menacingly rests outside at the main entrance of The Dubai Mall in Dubai. The 610 hp, 550 Nm Huracán with a 5.2 liter V10 is the Italian ultra supercar maker’s latest among its serial production cars and like all Lamborghini machines is named after a famous fighting bull. The Huracan replaced the Lamborghini Gallardo and is the current “baby Lambo” alongside its more powerful sibling, the Lamborghini Aventador, though outdoes it in its aggressive styling. Though these supercars might be a rarity to spot anywhere else in the world, they quite common in the oil-rich Gulf countries and especially in Dubai. This little baby will cost you a little more than 4 crore Indian Rupees a pop.