Adventurous Places, Asia

Dubai is a Desert Oasis in a Digital Age

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Out of all the Emirates in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the most famous. This free-trade, technological city literally sprang up out of the desert in just a few short decades. Dubai is a desert oasis in a digital age. Now the sprawling metropolis is a world-class travel destination and it was my home away from  home for the majority of 2011. This is a photographic journal I created during my time spent in this futuristic city.

 

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Standing in front of the Burj Al Arab (world’s most luxurious hotel).

 

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My princess in Arabia

 

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Golden reflections glimmer in the pool

 

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So sultry!

 

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Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 512 Americans can find some of their favorite food chains in Dubai from Starbucks to Texas Roadhouse.

 

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Rebecca & Big John outside of Dubai Mall

 

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A glimpse of the Burj Khalifa in the backdrop

 

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Outside a British pub near the Dubai Mall

 

Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 601 I’m standing on a ledge to make myself look taller, but don’t tell anyone.

 

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Oil tycoons park their cars outside the Dubai Mall

 

Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 437  A desert oasis

 

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The base of the Burj Khalif (tallest building in the world)

 

Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 469 The Burj Khalifa scrapes the Dubai sky

 

Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 468 My baby doll in her pretty black dress

 

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Spectacular fountain show every night outside the Dubai Mall

 

Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 436 Opulence and beauty

 

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Inside the Dubai Mall

 

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The Pink Panther in the Dubai Mall

 

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Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 455 The fountain inside Dubai Mall

 

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Scuba diver inside Dubai Mall aquarium

 

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Enjoying a Guinness at the Irish Village

 

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Irish Pub

 

Irish Village Clock

 

Dubai red candles

 

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Dubai Tennis Stadium outside Irish Village

 

irish lawn The most grass I found in the entire city was at the entrance to the Irish Village.

 

irish village

 

shades

 

dubai water

dubai lights  

Atlantis slide

Atlantis Resort, Dubai

 

Atlantis sharks Slide through an underwater tube in waters teeming with sharks

 

Atlantis me

 

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Lazy river around Atlantis

 

Atlantis wave pool   

 

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Atlantis crew Me and the boys on the beach at Atlantis

 

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Atlantis volleyball

 

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View from my rooftop pool at the Coral Boutique Hotel, Dubai

 

Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 551 A refreshing dip when daily temperatures exceed well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

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A glimpse down into my hotel lobby

 

Norfolk, Dubai, England, Mexico 549  Roof of Ski Dubai (Indoor Ski Resort) at the Mall of the Emirates

 

dubai 2  A glimpse of the skyline from the road.

 

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Rebecca strikes a pose in front of the tallest building in the world.

Thank you for journeying with me through my photographic tour of Dubai and I hope you visit my site again real soon. Feel free to explore other areas of my blog, post a comment, and share some love on social media.

Happy travels,

Big John

Big John really hopes you will share this.

13 comments on “Dubai is a Desert Oasis in a Digital Age

    1. Mike, unfortunately I didn’t make it to any of the desert safaris but I’ve heard they’re quite an adventure. Thanks for visiting my site and sharing the link.

    1. I probably wouldn’t go back unless I could fly for free. It was just too hot there and I spent more time there than I wanted to.

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