Introducing Dubai: The Desert


Dubai. DooBy. Dubaay. What really amazed me about this magnificant city, it that there was practically nothing there 50 years ago. Oil was not discover until the 60s, which of course helped accelerate the early development of the city, but its reserves are limited and production levels are low: in fact, today, less than 5% of the emirate’s revenue comes from oil. The emirate’s Western-style model of business drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.

Visiting Dubai also means going to the desert. On my trip we were lucky enough to explore the desert on a crazy desert safari going up and down the sand dunes in a big four-wheeldrive Toyota. As the sun set behind the skylight in the far east, we had a quick walk sitting on the back of a camel. I have never seen anything like it before. The desert is so unreal, it seems never-ending, a corner of the mournful kingdom of sand.

— I was invited to Dubai by Visit Dubai, which means they covered all expenses in relation to the trip —

Photos © Allan Torp, Bungalow5, Nana Hagel & Rebecca Fredriksson

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