(Notes for the Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah)

Archive for One Hour Photo

The Mountaintop — قمة الجبل

The edge.
Jebel Hafeet, UAE

Faces 4 (UAE)

At the Camel beauty contest.
Medinat Zayed, emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Faces 2 (UAE)

Medinat Zayed, emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Faces 1 (UAE)

Medinat Zayed, emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Camel Beauty Contest — مسابقات جمال الجمل

Pageantry in the desert.
Camel beauty contest.
Al Dhafra Camel Festival, Medinat Zayed, UAE

Twenty Tweleven

High points.
Overlooking the UAE-Oman Border and the Hajar mountains.
Jabel Hafeet, UAE

December in Abu Dhabi: Santa in the Sand — ديسمبر في أبو ظبي : سانتا في الرمال

Around (everyone else’s) Christmas time, the UAE is stil tropical, still desert. But of course, Santa still comes to visit (admittedly from the Philippines).

Top: December sunset
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Middle: The road past Liwa to Mureeb
Western Regions, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Bottom: A visitor tells Santa that she just wants a picture with him for Christmas.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE

NEWS: An Immensely Important Discovery

Last weekend I went as far into Iran as an American passport would allow me. The week before, I left burning tires in Bahrain to traipse around northern Iraq looking for kebab and Neandertal bones. But from all this searching, I have found nothing quite as miraculous as what I witnessed last night. The most important discovery of this November — nay, of this entire year — is this:


It’s like a billy club designed by a vegan caveman.

Amazing. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sand Castles — القلاع الرملية

Up jumped Dubai.
The Dubai strip.
Dubai, UAE

قمة البرج: صوّر من البرج خليفة — At the “Top”: Pictures from the Burj Khalifa

Up to the 124th floor (36 stories below the spire), on the 10 meter-per-second elevator.
The Burj Khalifa
Dubai, UAE

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