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Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Sat Jul 23, 2005 4:03 am

Is it illegal to take photos of the Dubai airport and to take photos of planes through the windows of the airport? Also, is it illegal to take cabin photos of the plane when I'm in Dubai?
 
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:01 pm

AFAIK it is not illegal to take photos of airplanes at DXB.
However, at DXB airport there is double sets of windows that will hamper the quality of pics.
Landside there is a few areas but I don't remember them very well as my cousin who lives there drove me around during my visit.

Cheers,
Kaz
 
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:14 pm

There are signs everywhere on the perimeter fence at DXB - NO PHOTOGRAPHY. I sat in a parking lot near the airport and go chased off by the CID - and I wasn't even taking pictures! In the aircraft you may be able to get a few pics, and the terminal has a great view too. The McDonalds is right at midfield, you can see some nice action from there.

You should contact Konstantin von Wedelstaedt. He has mastered the art of aviation photography in Dubai. I think he hangs out at the Sheikh Zayed College on the south side of the field - it's a great spot to chill out and not get harassed too much by the CID or the cops. He can probably show you some spots that I don't know about as well.

Enjoy Dubai - it is a spotters heaven if you like heavies (and what God fearing spotter doesn't like heavies?!?!?). The food there is great too! Shawarmas, frankies, filafels, manakish - oh man I miss it! I am going back next spring, I can't wait.

Be sure to keep us updated, and upload those photos!  bigthumbsup 

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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:22 pm

ciao guys,

do we have some more colour yet on that topic? I am thinking of going beginning of Nov for a week of beachpleasure with wife and daughter .... , also thinking of SXM, but for only 1 week, its a bit far away, also I still have some EK miles to spend ...

Robin
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:05 pm

On the net most spotters/photographer are confirming that there cracking down bigtime in DXB. Not friendly at all anymore. The famous hotel under the flight path. (I think its the Sheriton Diera) or something like that has now banned spotting or photo's from their roof pool. Real bummer as this was one of the places i had planned to go. Sad Not sure if there doing the ramp tour anymore either. The last i heard it was VERY expensive with ID and advance arrangements needing to be made months in advance.

I also read (i think somewhere on A.Net) that its a case of hire a car and stop when the plane is about to land. Take the photo and then move quick otherwise the security is on you.... Hmmmmmm seem like great fun !!!!

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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:28 pm

I wouldn't take a chance with Dubai cops.

Cheers


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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:53 pm

Hi people,
i will just pass trough DXB on 6 September arriving midnight from MXP and departing at 10 for MEL. I will hope that police in daylight period will not be very active....because i want to take some pics,hopefully and with discreption
Alberto
 
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Mon Aug 08, 2005 3:52 pm

Hi all,

bad news about DXB, I'm afraid!

I was in transit there on August 3rd, and was happily logging the planes from the aforementioned food hall by MacDonalds, when I was approached by a security guy to find out what I was doing. Not happy with my answer, he escorted me to the police station where I received a stern caution, and had my passport photocopied!

Be very careful if you go there, is all I can say!

When I finally left DXB, my next stop was BKK, where I had planned a 24-hour stop for the obvious reasons (spotting, not Patpong!)...  Smile After Dubai, I was extremely nervous of anyone with an airport id, but as usual, I was 'allowed' to watch and record the activites from the Observation Deck (which now has seating!) without interruption. Indeed, I never even saw any security personnel in the observation area, nor any of the numerous soldiers who were patrolling the terminal. At least some places don't change!

Am now very wary of transiting DXB on my return journey (NZ to UK) in November, may re-route via somewhere more friendly like NRT (oh yes please!).

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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:35 pm

Guys

In a recent Aviation Letter, there was an ad of someone offering sort of a "Bed and Breakfast" in the approach of one of the runways.... I'll check this evening and will post again....

@Robin and all: Why not go during the

http://www.fairs-exhibs.com/airshow05/

might be a tiny bit more relaxed... or less deadly white   Wink

Mike
 
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:41 pm

Another story just out of Dubai Airport is as follows.

A couple of guys using scopes from the food hall..... Reported to police by the staff and were then asked by the police to follow them. They were told they had to stop and asked to sign a form in ARABIC stating that they would no longer continue.... If they did further serious action would be taken !!!!!

As they could not understand a word on the form they refused to sign it. They said it could be an admission for carrying drugs for all they knew !!! The police agreed and allowed them to write a statement in ENGlLISH confirming they would not longer partake in taking numbers of aircraft in Dubai....

All Passport details were taken etc etc.....

So in the words of the spotter "until i can change my passport,i don't think i will be going to Dubai"....

So everyone if you hoped to take photo's in Dubai ......... Errrr Don't bother,unless you are quote happy to spend a few year's in a cell !!!!

Cross yet another airport of the friendly list !!!!  Sad
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:36 pm

There is an add in the Aviation Letter February 2005, saying that there is a bed and breakfast in a private villa and garden available under the approach to Dubai's RWY 30 (Digital 300mm recommended). This is also 20 minutes away from Sharjah.... Contact would be Chris Doggett
 
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:54 pm

Quoting IwantaBBJ (Reply 10):
This is also 20 minutes away from Sharjah.... Contact would be Chris Doggett

just out of intrest mike, how far is SHJ away from DXB, I thought that u have to take a plane to get from DXB to SHJ ..... , is it basically possibel to go to SHJ by car from DXB?

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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:21 pm

Quoting IwantaBBJ (Reply 10):
There is an add in the Aviation Letter February 2005, saying that there is a bed and breakfast in a private villa and garden available under the approach to Dubai's RWY 30 (Digital 300mm recommended). This is also 20 minutes away from Sharjah.... Contact would be Chris Doggett

That maybe the case..... But it all depends if your willing to take the risk. When there's a knock at the door and a couple of police are standing there,you may start to think the whole thing was not such a great idea...

I know at the moment i would not risk it... Which is a real pity as DXB was one of the airports i really wanted to visit  Sad
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:30 pm

Quoting Rotate (Reply 11):
just out of intrest mike, how far is SHJ away from DXB, I thought that u have to take a plane to get from DXB to SHJ ..... , is it basically possibel to go to SHJ by car from DXB?

jap, its possible to go from DXB to SHJ with a car its not that far away... but forget photography at Sharjah for (at least) the next 18 months due to construction work. They won't give you ramp access from now on...

http://www.shj-airport.gov.ae/photography.htm

Just canceled my planned trip in January 2006.

Cheers from HAM
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:45 pm

Thanks Tobi

Guess have to forget about going in November as well...

Mike
 
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:56 pm

I know a number of people who have had "conversations" with the police in Dubai. Whilst inconvenient and something you wouldn't chose to do, I'm not aware of anyone who has actually been arrested or had equipment or pictures confiscated.

I had the good fortune to shoot at DXB in January with some local help. We were very discreet, but spent about 5 hours in one spot. Perhaps we were lucky, but we weren't in a particularly open place.

Quoting IwantaBBJ (Reply 10):
There is an add in the Aviation Letter February 2005, saying that there is a bed and breakfast in a private villa and garden available under the approach to Dubai's RWY 30 (Digital 300mm recommended). This is also 20 minutes away from Sharjah.... Contact would be Chris Doggett

Don't really see how this can be very risky. Could be pretty cool (well hot really) - camera, chair, beer, planes!  smile  Remember that on the vast majority of days, they land on 12s in the morning and switch to 30s from around 11am onwards.


Bummer about SHJ! I'm visiting Dubai in November for the airshow and was hoping to get a few days there as well. It's an organised trip, so I've just asked them if the ramp access at SHJ is still on.  mad 
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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:39 am

okidok,

I planned to go end of oct. I am still in touch with a local, will see what comes out there. if he thinks its okay - i a might going to try it. other problem is , that around that time is ramadan. as the goal of that trip was to spent a week at the beach with family, and i am not going to get the beer served at the beach, because of ramadan, then thats it for me. rather thinking of going to MRU.


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RE: Taking Photos Of Planes In DXB

Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:40 am

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 15):
It's an organised trip, so I've just asked them if the ramp access at SHJ is still on.

it seems like, if ramp access has been granted then you don't have to worry.
Its just for new applications from June 19th on...

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