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Dubai

When I booked my flight for Istanbul from Kuala Lumpur, I planed it with a long layover in Dubai so would have an opportunity to see the city and take few photos. I was thinking about it for a long time, I was also confused as to where to go to take just sunrise shot. I must say I got plenty of useful advice and tips from my friends David, Beno, Daniel and Miroslav … After I realized how very hard it would be to reach the top of the buildings, especially in the early morning, I decided it would be best if I went to Palm Jumeirah, it would also be a good place in case I needed to check in my tripod in KL, so I might be forced to use the mini one. Palm Jumeirah has a really nice view of the city and the sun’s position is also ok in the morning. I also researched how to get there and I arranged an online booking to visit the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa ( apparently tickets are much cheaper if you book online then if you buy once you arrive, you also must choose the time when you want to visit).

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My plane landed in Dubai just before midnight. It was too late to go into the city so I just decided stay and wait at the airport till sunrise. It was a little boring but I walked around the airport and explored, got something to eat and played some games on my iPad.

At 4:30am I was trying to take the metro to my destination, but the metro station was not open for work till 6am so I got a taxi. We reached Palm Jumeirah really fast, I had planned for 30min to 1 hour travel time, but I got there in 20min which was cool. I was on location at 5am and sunrise was supposed to be at 6am, perfect timing to get some morning blue hour shots and the sunrise. But I had a really unpleasant surprise. The weather was really humid, and my camera lens was foggy, extremely foggy, I needed to clean it over and over every few seconds, it was that terrible, so I almost did not get any proper shot, it was a huge disappointment. I was able to shoot normally after sunrise for a short time because the sun was already too harsh. 

After 7am I went to a nearby hotel to find a taxi back to the city. The city is truly spectacular. The taxi left me next to the nearby metro station and I took the metro to the Dubai Mall station where I went to the top of Burj Khalifa.

I was happy that I could bring my camera tripod to the top with me, but that didn’t help because the sun was too harsh, I didn’t worry over it much because the view was really spectacular. I was really happy, excited and really tired at that point I just enjoyed the view for a while and it was time to go. I was had “breakfast” in the Dubai mall and took a look around, and then it was time to head back to the airport.


My flight for Istanbul was at 2pm. I need to say I was really excited that I would have the chance to shoot photos of dubai from the air, and I especially picked a window seat on the left side of the plane when I was booking my ticket. Like always on my trips something must go wrong and only my row did not have any windows, just a wall. I was wondering how the heck I was lucky enough to pick a seat like that, but I was too tired to worry over it and I fell asleep instantly.


Next stop Istanbul.


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  • Rated:

    Andrea Mcilwaine

    on November 22, 2014

    Photos are obvious the best part of the blog

  • Rated:

    Andrea Mcilwaine

    on November 22, 2014

    Extra star for the video , love that and maps as well

  • Rated:

    Andrea Mcilwaine

    on November 9, 2014

    interesting town

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