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Dubai is awake again.  Whilst it’s still not to the Dubai I knew before the recession, there are plenty of positive signs.  I used the Sheikh Zayed road to measure the activity level on a previous trip.  This time I was actually stuck in traffic on a few occasions.  There are still unfinished buildings with no obvious signs of any work in progress; but roads, shops and restaurants are reasonably busy.  With the summer heat, malls feel busier and I’m told hotels are taking more and more bookings for the summer.

Work-wise, some of the projects previously on hold have been dusted off and are taking shape – even if only on paper.  In all my meetings, I sensed a readiness to do business again.

I hope this continues and I wish Dubai all the best.


  1. Awww.. I read/heard that the best time to visit Dubai was during the last few months, when it was ‘dead’. Too bad I couldn’t be there for that :p

    • It’s still not TOO busy… Still not too late 🙂

  2. lovely shot!

  3. there are conflicting reports.. is the worst over ? or is the downward trend continuing ? Anyway nice shot! you have a Gorillapod ? 🙂

    • No… I used the cap from an Evian bottle 🙂

      Do Gorillapods work with DSLR? Wouldn’t they tilt forward with the weight of the lens?

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    That’s very good to hear! It’s always good that businesses are slowly getting up on their feet again and trying to move forward!

    Many hotels and airlines are giving away great offers for stays in Dubai right now..

  4. yes I think if you position the legs to balance the lens weight it might work.

  5. It seems indications that people are beginning to buy places again, not as much as before but places are surviving!

    It seems that shady places have closed down, those middle brokers since they weren’t based on a solid business but this time around hopefully it will solidfy Dubais situation! 🙂

  6. thank god for that!!

  7. That’s a really nice long exposure.

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