DUBAI
I bring these images to you fresh from my 10-day trip to Dubai! Although I spent most of my time there working, I snuck away long enough to capture a few shots. The bulk of these images were taken my last day in Dubai when I hired a driver to show me around the city and the neighboring desert.

For those unfamiliar, Dubai is one of the 7 "city-states" that make up the country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It's smack in the center of the Middle East (view map below). It's a wealthy party/business/vacation hot spot with impressive new structures and projects that boggle the mind and put Las Vegas to shame! Dubai is quite a liberal place compared to the rest of the Arab world and is extremely Americanized. This "jewel of the desert" is home to the worlds only 7-star hotel, the largest indoor ski slope, incredible man made island residences, and what will soon be the worlds tallest building (over 180 floors). The future promises to bring even more ambitious projects including a stunning new Trump Tower, an ice hotel, the worlds first underwater hotel, and the world's largest theme park Universal Studios "Dubailand".

The weather there was shockingly hot. Mix the hottest, driest day in Las Vegas with the most humid day in Miami..it's like a steam room! The sky is almost always gray in the summer due to the mix of sand and fog in the air. Nonetheless, my Dubai trip was incredible! Due to my time constraints, I wasn't able to photograph very many of Dubai's impressive structures or very much of its locals. I hope to return in the near future and add more images to this collection! In the meantime, after you view my gallery, view this link to see a whole lot more of Dubai: http://www.ssqq.com/archive/vinlin23dubai.htm
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The Burj Al Arab hotel. Not only is this the world’s only 7-star hotel, it's the tallest. Warm clean water surrounds it...


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Dubai Map.


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A shot from hotel at which I stayed, the 5-star Park Hyatt.


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Largest Muslim Mosque in Dubai.


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Park Hyatt.


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A desert resident with his falcon.


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The top of the indoor ski slope at Mall of the Emirates.


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A fountain outside of the Jumeira Hotel


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Finger lickin' good...


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Inside the Park Hyatt lounge.


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A marina on the Creek.


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Everyone needs cheap furniture.


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Chandeliers inside of Jumeira Hotel.


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A Pakistani construction worker roasting in the heat for $200 US a month.


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The Dubai Marina. This is man made and was once nothing but desert.


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A small mosque located in the same parking lot as a gas station. Only about 20% of Dubai's residents are locals...these two gentlemen are dressed in local garb. Rich or poor, their wardrobe is the same. Note on the right side of the picture, a sign that indicates entry to the segregated "Female Prayer Room".


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The muzzles on their mouth didn't stop them from trying to bite me.


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Burj Al Arab.


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Park Hyatt patio.


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Construction workers laboring on one of many new bridges.


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What are you looking at?


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Burj Al Arab.


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"Get yo hur did"


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A red horse. Obviously.


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The Burj Dubai. This will soon be the world's tallest hotel at over 180 floors.


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I ate mangos with this gentleman in the middle of the desert during a mild sand storm. Though the mangos were good, he charged me too much. Watch out for this guy.


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Part of Dubai's financial market.


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Inside Mall of the Emirates, the same mall that houses an indoor ski slope.


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If it doesn't get all over the place...


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Hangin 10 near the Burj Al Arab...


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"Alla Ysalmak homie."