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Compare the contradictory side of the big cities and even bigger deserts of the UAE.

Photo journals

Words: Aleksandra Georgieva

27 November 2019

The United Arab Emirates are the home to one of the highest, shiniest, newest and most expensive city architectures in the world. The modern industrial development not only attracts many tourists each year, but it is also the home to some of the wealthiest individuals on the planet. Cities like Dubai and the capital Abu Dhabi are designed in such a way that there is always something to be done and boredom is out of sight and way out of mind even for the locals. While the heat in some of the most popular cities may feel unbearable, in the cooled-down indoor places there is an excess of entertainment venues, luxurious restaurants and shopping malls.

The skyline of this Western Asia country is filled with shiny skyscrapers, while at the bottom multiple-lanes highways lead the busy traffic straight into entertainment sites, luxury offices or relaxing hotels. But there are desert lands within and surrounding the area that appear in complete contradiction with the cosmopolitan urban areas of the big cities. This is a two-gallery photo journal that showcases the two sides of the United Arab Emirates and surrounding areas. Witness the incredible contradiction in photography captured by some of NOMADSofORIGIN's talented contributors.



NOMADSofORIGIN is an independent annual publication with a focus on sustainable travelling and global cultural values. Each issue features interviews, engaging articles and photo guides, which take our nomadic readers through different destinations and introduce them to local people's perspectives.



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