Cee’s theme for this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge is ‘Hot and/or Cold’. Here is an image that encapsulates both. This is a wind tower in al-Bastakiya – what’s left of the old part of Dubai. It works on the principle of drawing in the desert breezes at the top and funneling them down to provide a cooler draught at ground level. Air-conditioning, in other words.
Think of Dubai and you probably have images of mile upon mile of glass-plated towers. That’s mostly accurate, it has to be said; however, there is still a small part of the old city that gives an idea of what it must have been like before the oil began to flow. It’s the al-Bastakiya area, just by the Creek, where it’s possible to see restored traditional buildings – and their doors:
Not only do I have a photographic record of this piece of history, but Madame – whose talents are boundless – has also made a wall-hanging, which currently adorns our TV room: