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).

While Dubai is certainly an oil-rich emirate, tourism has become an important part of the city government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash pouring into the emirate. Dubai’s lure for tourists is based mainly on shopping, making it the “shopping capital of the Middle East”. Visitors no doubt als travel to this United Arab Emirate to experience the countless number of other ancient and modern attractions. As of 2018, Dubai is the fourth most-visited city in the world based on the number of international visitors.

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My princess of Arabia and flower in the desert.

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Golden reflections glimmer in this opulent pool.

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So sultry and she’s all mine!

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Americans can find some of their favorite food chains in Dubai from Starbucks to the Texas Roadhouse.

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Rebecca & Big John outside of Dubai Mall

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Looking out over the Dubai Marina 

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A glimpse of the Burj Khalifa can be seen in the backdrop.

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I’m standing on a ledge to make myself look taller, but don’t tell anyone.

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Outside a British pub near the Dubai Mall

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Wealthy oil tycoons park their cars outside the front of the Dubai Mall.

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A beautiful desert oasis in a digital age

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I would cross any desert to be with you.

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The base of the Burj Khalif , the tallest building in the world, rises up over the water.

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The Burj Khalifa scrapes the Dubai sky.

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My baby doll in her pretty black dress

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There is a spectacular fountain show every night outside the Dubai Mall.

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Opulence and beauty

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More scenes inside the dazzling Dubai Mall. 

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The Pink Panther and her clone pose for a pic inside the Dubai Mall.

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The Dubai Mall features an indoor courtyard for patrons to fell like their outdoors while escaping the desert heat.

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The grand fountain inside Dubai Mall

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A scuba diver inspects the tank inside the  Dubai Mall aquarium.

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Big John enjoys a Guinness at the Irish Village.

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Irish Village Clock

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Big John at the Dubai Tennis Stadium just outside the Irish Village

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

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I could get used to this desert life.

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Atlantis slide

Atlantis Resort, Dubai

Atlantis sharks

There’s nothing like sliding through an underwater tube into waters teeming with sharks.

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Atlantis lanes

The lazy river around Atlantis was the perfect place to just cool off and relax.

Atlantis wave pool The Atlantis in Dubai is quite literally an oasis in the desert.

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Atlantis crew

Me and the boys on the beach in Atlantis.

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

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A refreshing dip when daily temperatures exceed well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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There were date palms surrounding our pool and boy were they sweet

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A glimpse down into my hotel lobby

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dubai 2 A glimpse of the skyline from the road.

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Rebecca strikes a pose in front of the Burj Khalifa.

Thank you for journeying with me on my photographic tour of Dubai. As you can see, it truly is a desert oasis in an digital age. 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

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