scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 11790 posts, RR: 48 Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6198 times:
Quoting Doccia93 (Reply 3): A friend said to me that some years ago the spotting at DXB was illegal, now it's also illegal or the law was changed?
I cannot tell you if it is illegal, however, having worked, lived and spotted there, I would advise treating it as though it were. I know people who have been arrested for taking photos near DXB. They've always been released after several hours of being held at the police station and being made to sign a document (which is in Arabic!) I don't know anyone who's had their photos deleted or gear confiscated.
I would strongly recommend discretion at all times. I lived there for 9 months and never had any trouble with the police, so it is possible. A quick look at how many photos from DXB are in the database will tell you that plenty of photographers manage to do it without getting into trouble (and not all of them are taken during the air show!)
And most of them seem to be taken outside the Dubai Airshow "window".
There must be new spots.
Most of these are taken from the EK HQ parking garage, which is not really an official spot either, and I guess it depends on your luck how long you can stay there. However, you're less likely to run into problems with police there but rather with their own security.
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eggohoek From Hungary, joined Nov 2005, 53 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 5362 times:
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My Swiss spotter friend wrote me his impessions about DXB:
"Last holiday in Dubai was interesting. I made just some spotting from the roof of a hotel but the planes where to high for me After about one hour of spotting, security staff of the hotel asked me to stop taking pictures !"
DXB means very good airplanes, but always need to watch police and security.
Our second problem was a civil man, who called the police.
Policemen don't ask anything about you, take away your passport and take to the policestation.
joaocs From Portugal, joined Jul 2010, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5073 times:
I´ve spent a few days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It´s a fascinating country (XV century wirh skyscrapers and iPhones) and I loved it a lot. A guide (who drove) accompanied me everywhere, because it´s a different society and a western citizen must be careful.
I think you must contact persons who spot there to know what you can do and how to do it.