Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner

This angular building in Abu Dhabi is comparatively new, but reflects traditional architecture. It has the characteristic appearance of a wind tower – an old design that was able to capture the cooler breezes that circulate well above the ground and direct them down towards the ground.

Nowadays, of course, they have A/C.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Golden

When I saw that Frank had set us the theme of ‘Golden’ for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge, I knew exactly where to look in my library.

Here are two images captured in the lobby of the Sir Bani Yas Hotel, on the eponymous nature reserve in Abu Dhabi. The first is a crescent of stone mounted against a golden background:

This second image is one of my personal favourites, and one I’ve used in a previous post. Looking directly upwards, it shows the huge lanterns suspended from the golden atrium. Never knowingly understated.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Golden

Dhow #179

The wooden dhow is the traditional sea-going vessel of the Arabian Gulf. This one had been taken out of the water for maintenance in the Bateen area of Abu Dhabi.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Numbers

Y is for Yas

This final instalment of Cee’s alphabetical Black & White challenge was always going to be a bit tricky – unless, that is, you have a particular soft spot for yachts or zebras (I don’t).

However, inspiration finally struck when I remembered this iconic hotel (it actually used to be called the Yas Hotel), which is on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, right next to the Formula 1 race circuit.

We stayed there once. Very interesting architecturally, but as a hotel? – meh.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Y or Z

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 34 – Movement

As they leave smoke trails in the national colours, these six jets of the United Arab Emirates Air Force display team convey a strong sense of movement (trust me, those things can really move) during National Day celebrations in the skies over Abu Dhabi.

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 34 – Movement

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Falling Water

All along the Corniche in Abu Dhabi runs a park. There are play areas and plenty of items of architectural interest, including this water feature. I particularly like the contrast between the rigid geometry of the mosaic and the concrete on the one hand and the running (falling) water on the other.

It being Abu Dhabi, naturally enough the sun was shining, so the light, shade and shadow add further interest to the composition.

Tuesday Photo Challenge 9 May 2017: Falling Water

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger

In response to the theme of ‘Danger’ for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, here is a photograph I took a few years ago from the balcony of our apartment in Abu Dhabi.

A fire had broken out in a residential block just around the corner, and the emergency services had to evacuate some residents by helicopter.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger