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How Is Dubai For Photography?

Wed Sep 04, 2002 11:11 am

anyone know anything about spotting in Dubai? Would this be a good place to vacation? Something I read said it was "The Hong Kong of the Middle East, with a little bit of Las Vegas mixed it...." Sounds good  Smile
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RE: How Is Dubai For Photography?

Wed Sep 04, 2002 11:26 am

Its a nice place for a vacation, if you like the heat  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

As for spotting, i am told its quite good, i wouldnt know myself, as i didnt go for that reason, spent two or three hours in the airport to get the plane out, but i am sure i have been told it is possible to find places to spot...

better ask a local first tho, i may be confusing it with somewhere else!

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RE: How Is Dubai For Photography?

Wed Sep 04, 2002 5:06 pm

Dubai's an excellent place for a holiday. As for spotting most long haul flights arrive late at night and leave in the early hours of the morning, so this is a problem. You could see departures and arrivals from our hotel roof and Dubai didn't appear very busy during the day.

Security could be a major issue and it may be an idea to get permission in writing from the airport director before going there and shooting loads of film.

Remember Sharjah is just up the road and this is an excellent airport for spotting rarely seen Russian made aircraft and unusual freighters.
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RE: How Is Dubai For Photography?

Wed Sep 04, 2002 6:19 pm

Dubai would be a great place for spotting if the local police were not so paranoid about spotting. Most arrivals are at night time & there are a lot of open spaces around Rwy 30R which is used the most for night landings. The landing lights of this runway actually cross the main road perpendicular to the runway. But the authorities over here have always been strict about spotting even before 9/11.
It is very very difficult to get written permission. You can only expect that if you know someone very high up in the airport authorities. The best chance is to stand in front of Rwy 30R & 30L (used occasionally) on the main road next to the airport. But if a police patrol car passes by, you will be asked to leave. I have been asked to leave, very rudely, to leave 3-4 times. And I didn't even have a camera with me. Sorry to sound discouraging, but that's the way it is out here.
Apart from that, Dubai is a great place to be in, particularly between October to March. It's too hot to do anything between May & September.

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RE: How Is Dubai For Photography?

Thu Sep 05, 2002 12:03 am

I just had one of my colleagues take a trip over there. He took a few pictures of the airport. It looked very ultramodern and was like a shopping mall. The control tower is a very unique design. As for the city, the main thing to do is shop. He said that the gold souk was very big there. Dubai also has some nice beaches, although he said that swimming is best done early in the morning in the summer months.

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