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I returned last night from a very frustrating trip to Dubai.  I’ve always known integrity is rare in the business world; now I add decisiveness.  People are so busy covering their backs.  Half – if not more – of their energy is invested in avoiding decisions. Result in our case: A year’s work – of putting small pieces together for a business deal – fell apart yesterday because of one man.  He was born without a spine.

Anyway, this is a positive blog, and positive it shall remain.  My meeting was in Jebel Ali and I had to rent a car to go in.  I therefore had some free time in the afternoon, and for the first time in Dubai I had a car.  I’ve driven there before, but I was stuck often there with colleagues.  Non-photographers are not as patient when, say, we’re waiting for the sun to be at exactly the right angle…

I drove around looking for the perfect spot for a Dubai skyline shot.  I wanted to include the world’s tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, in order to compare it with the rest of the buildings.  I’m sure there are some great locations to do this, but in my free hour, I managed to find this.  The trees and shrubs are a little distracting – but I liked the overall result.


  1. Well done. At least something good came out of your trip. Great photo!

    • Amu
    • Posted 20 February 2010 at 12:20 pm
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    Beautiful pic 🙂

    • Mathai
    • Posted 20 February 2010 at 7:03 pm
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    Thats a nice picture Bu Yousef, non photographers can sometimes be so impatient 🙂

    • Thanks…

      I’ve been with friends who often get frustrated watching me spend five minutes (yes just five minutes) setting up a tripod and dialing in the shutter speed!

      The one I get teased about the most, is when I asked someone to wait a while as a cloud travelled to the perfect spot 🙂 He genuinely thought I was joking.

  2. Beautiful! It made my day (caught a cold due to the stress of packing, shipping and moving & working and parenting…)!

    Your effort of taking pictures has balanced the business glitch. Business has to be “Inshalla” too, I guess. Have a peaceful week.

  3. Very nice shot! The sky doesn’t seem so clear!

    I can imagine your frustration! I have had to deal with these kinds of people! Wish you luck on the next deal!

    • Cheryl
    • Posted 21 February 2010 at 4:41 pm
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    Beautiful shot. I am not a photographer per se but I do love to take photos. It reminds me of the time that i picked up my daughter from school and the sun was ‘blood red’ in the sky. We drove around trying to get the perfect shot but as the sun was setting we missed it. I drove for a good 10 mins trying to find higher ground. I will get that shot one day!!

  4. Nice shot buddy 🙂

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