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Spotting @ Abu Dhabi  
User currently offlineAndreas777 From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3789 times:

As i said in an earler post.. iwiil be travelling to Abu Dhabi shortly (with BA)
i would like to know if there is anything special i should know about photography in those countries..as i know they apply Islamic Law so i dont want my hand cut of bacause i toook a picture.....

anyways... if it is allowe.. does anyone have any info that might be useful to me

Appreciate it


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

I seriously suggest you don't contemplate photography at AUH - it isn't recommended! If you do, you're intentionally risking being interrogated by the police, consequently, in extreme cases, resulting in imprisonment.

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineAndreas777 From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3743 times:


Thank you very much for that information... i think it might be useful to me if i dont want to get into trouble... with the authorities.


User currently offlineAirNikon From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 290 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

AUH is not a camera-friendly place. Fortunately I wasn't tempted to shoot as most of the international flights operate in the middle of the night. I was advised in advance to just "keep them in the bag" until you are on the plane.

Not as bad as CAI though where they REALLY HATE video cameras. If you bring one into the country, they record the serial number in your Passport with the Visa. YOU BETTER have the same EXACT video camera when you leave, OR ELSE! I guess electronic equipment is very expensive there and they don't want people to bring-in items such as this and selling them for a 300% profit.

Don't get married, don't have kids, and you will have more money than you know what to do with...
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

Photography in airports in the MOST (if not all) Middle East countries is prohibited. One of those is Abu Dhabi. Whatever you do, don't take any pictures there unless you'd like your camera taken away from you. They may tell you, to stop taking photos as a warning, but most likely they'll disgard the film in your camera. However, don't worry, they won't cut your hand off! There not THAT strict!

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4280 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

If you have the time, you might think about SHJ (Sharjah) UAE. According to Airways (Nov'88) this is a very photographer freindly airport, a rarity in that part of the world. This ariticle as noted was written some 3 years ago, and in a sidenote to the article the goverment is putting pressure on SHJ to curtail this activity.

Try this e-mail, remember this is 3 year old info.


Most of the planes that utilize SHJ are old Freight dogs, with a lot of Soviet stuff, so it might be an interesting visit.


"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineAndreas777 From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3721 times:

Thanks a lot for all the info....


User currently offline1stspotter From Netherlands, joined Jun 1999, 526 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3723 times:


Sharjah is still an interesting airport to visit. It is one of the few airports in the world where you can buy an apron pass and then are free to walk around. Very interesting planes can be seen here, lots of russian cargo aircraft.
There is some pressure on the airport authorities from other countries to ban airlines that are involved in smuggling of guns and diamonds. Air Pass and Air Cess are examples of those airlines. This might affect the possibility to buy an apron pass. Also the airport police seems not to happy about aviation photographers.

Last December it was still possible.

For more information on spotting here and lots of pictures taken at this airport, see my website.

best wishes

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