Stunning Desert Photos Taken Over Dubai And Abu Dhabi

There is much more to the United Arab Emirates then the glitzy malls and skyscrapers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Australian photographer Irenaeus Herok has spent some time out in the desert with a drone, and what he has captured is breathtaking. With a background in design and fine arts, Irenaeus specializes in Landscape and Portraiture Photography, drawing his inspiration from old master paintings and cinema. His work contains both traditional and contemporary aspects, balancing technical precision with his own unique style. The battle between nature and humans is rarely starker than here in the UAE. The barren landscape has been built over with eye-watering speed, as Dubai for example has grown from an unremarkable port town to bustling metropolis in the space of a few short decades. Nature has a knack of striking back however, and Irenaeus documents this with his surreal, apocalyptic aerial photos that show the desert slowly eating away at highways and settlements in the Emirates. Scroll down below to check out the remarkable images! And don’t forget to check other our posts showing Dubai from above: Aerial Dubai and Stunning Dubai Photos from Above.

Dubai Is Building The Region’s Largest Marina And A Truly Spectacular Lighthouse

Dubai is all about its glitz and glam, yes, and it is also about ambitious progression. It is where all the action is happening, infrastructurally-speaking. After a relatively dull year for the oil-rich nation, crude oil prices reduced their pace last year which resulted in a slump in construction. But the cranes are back up and the drills have started revving up this first month, with a line of major projects announced and awarded. One of the finest news to make this glorious start is what will make yacht lovers jump in glee – a new marina that will be the biggest in the MENA region is going to be built in Dubai which will increase capacity by a 50% hike and handle up to 1,400 vessels! This is part of the 20 million sq ft Dubai Harbour Project which is developed by Meraas Holding. Highlight of the project is a lighthouse that will have a luxury hotel and an observation tower. The Harbour will also feature a 150,000 sq ft cruise liner terminal capable of handling 6,000 passengers, as well as entertainment and retail space, a yacht club, shopping mall, hotels and residences. The Harbour will be located in Mina Seyahi, between Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah. Talks are on with four of the world’s biggest cruise liners as well as with Emirates Airlines and also the road transport authority of Dubai (RTA) for links into the city. As well as a tram and metro access, there will also be a bridge access from Palm Jumeirah – Dubai’s first and most iconic palm-shaped reclaimed island landmark.

New World’s Tallest Tower: Santiago Calatrava’s Tower at Dubai Creek Harbor

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has released more images of his proposed Dubai Creek Tower – now under construction and expected to surpass the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa. The landmark observation tower broke ground earlier this week on Dubai Creek Harbour, a vast development along the waterfront of the United Arab Emirates city. Calatrava hasn’t revealed the planned height of the tower yet – but the architect’s son, Micael Calatrava, has said that the structure will be “a notch taller” than the nearby Burj Khalifa. According to the team, the structure’s curved profile is influenced by both the form of the lily flower and the minarets that are typical of traditional Islamic architecture. It will feature rotating balconies, vertiginous observation decks and elevated gardens intended to evoke the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. “The building’s design is inspired by the Islamic tradition, evoking the same history that brought the world the Alhambra and the Mosque of Cordoba,” said Santiago Calatrava. The structure will be tethered to its waterfront site by cables – not dissimilar to those used in the architect’s Jerusalem Chords Bridge, which is modelled on a harp. These are intended to look like the ribbing of a lily’s leaves. Meanwhile, the observation decks will come together to create a bud-like shape near the top of the tower. “These architectural marvels combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry.” The tower will also integrate a sustainable cooling system that will also provide water for cleaning its exterior. “The design of the tower of Dubai Creek Harbour is rooted in classical art and the culture of Dubai itself. It is also a major technological achievement,” said Calatrava. “Throughout my career I have used technology and engineering as a vehicle for beauty and art,” he added. “This project is an artistic achievement, inspired by the goal of making this space a meeting point for citizens, not only from Dubai and the UAE but all across the world. It is a symbol of belief in progress.” The tower and Dubai Creek Harbour scheme are being developed by Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties, the same firm behind the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Creek Harbour scheme will also include a pair of rocket-shaped residential towers, which the developers say will be the tallest in the world.

Dubai Floating Luxury Villa ‘Floating Seahorse’

Launched at the Dubai International Boat Show, Kleindienst Group‘s “Floating Seahorse” is a contemporary marine yacht that boasts underwater rooms with breathtaking views. Intelligently designed, engineered and developed in Dubai, the unique concept will be limited to just 42 units. The aquatic style retreat’s master bedroom and bathroom will be totally submerged in the clear sea, delivering pictures of the surrounding coral reef and ocean life. Moving up to the luxury boat’s sea level, the accommodation which includes a fully-fitted kitchen with a dining area and an open plan living area, has floor to ceiling windows, offering uninterrupted ocean scenes. Furthermore, when the glass façade is open, the sun deck becomes an extension of the living space. On the upper deck, the floor is suitable for alfresco dining and relaxation, featuring an informal bed, mini bar, kitchenette and a glass-bottomed jacuzzi. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2016. CEO of Kleindienst Group, Josef Kleindienst comments, “since launching the floating seahorse we have been inundated with local, regional and international inquiries. we are excited to not just offer people a once in a lifetime investment opportunity in dubai but on a global scale. the floating seahorse is not restricted to dubai waters and can be designed and fabricated in Dubai for other resorts and destinations worldwide.” Josef explains “the seahorse is an endangered species and we will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed. Very soon, people will be able to see up-close and personal, the beautiful and elegant arabian horse of the ocean – the seahorse!”

Aerial Dubai

When we’re talking about Dubai the first word that comes to mind is “future”. And it’s true – Dubai is a well known city of innovations, mind blowing projects and futuristic buildings. Where is the biggest building in the world? In Dubai. Where is the only hotel in the world having 7 stars? In Dubai. Where is a wonderful man-made island in whimsical form of a date palm? Or group of artificial islands in the form of world map? Also in Dubai. Internet is full of numerous photos of Dubai captured by tourists during their journey. And even on pages of our website you can easily find some interesting photos – you check them here. But what about to see this futuristic city by different angle – bird’s views? In the following collection we’ve gathered extremely beautiful photos showing aerial Dubai. So stop reading and fly with us!

Stunning Dubai Photos from Above

Dubai – a luxurious and stylish city, which is considered one of the most beautiful corners of our planet. Alexander Remnev from Moscow, a man who doesn’t afraid any height, decided to visit the city of the tallest skyscrapers. There are many articles and stories about Dubai and each of them tell you about the city, its advantages and disadvantages. In this post you’ll see the city from above! From the height of several hundreds meters. From spires of skyscrapers. More stunning views after the jump! And don’t check this post if you are afraid of heights!

Hotel Designs in Dubai

Dubai has grown from a small desert village to a vast city that draws millions of tourists every year. Dubai has hundreds of hotels, with the highest hotel occupancy rates in the world. New hotels are constantly being planned and built in every imaginable style and design.

The Water Discus Underwater Hotel

Another innovation came to Dubai. This time Deep Ocean Technology designed Water Discus Hotel that will be constructed in Dubai shortly. "Water Discus Hotels comprise two discs – an underwater and above-water one. This combination will allow guests to admire the depths of the ocean while making the most of the warm climate. The two parts of the structure are connected by three solid legs and a vertical shaft containing a lift and stairway. The size of each disc has been adjusted to local conditions." Guests will have opportunity to sleep deep in the ocean and to take bath on the upper deck. "Twenty-one hotel rooms are submersed in the center of a vibrant coral reef with enchanting views of sea life, illuminated with special lighting systems, and offer the use of miniature underwater vehicles equipped with macro photography, operated from your suite, to provide a closer look at the tiniest of creatures. Due to the innovative design comprising individual modules that can be detached and replaced with new ones, Water Discus can also be expanded into a bigger resort complex, and may be constructed and reconstructed anywhere in the world, creating opportunities to live underwater on a permanent basis in an unlimited string of locations. " Stunning hotel!

Impressive Woven Tower for Dubai

The impressive design for Woven Tower is created for a location in Dubai by Giuseppe Farris and Stefan Schöning. The proposed structure aims to capture several aspects of Arab culture: its tribal society and the trans-regional entrepreneurship. The building’s appearance refers to the date palm which, along with fruits and fronds continue to be an important product in Dubai’s everyday life. The twining maze of the building’s exterior simultaneously represents the network of trade and commerce routes that have, through history, arrived and departed from Dubai. The exterior also commemorates the tribal legacy and reminds of the dynamic maze of tribal affiliations that has given Dubai’s society its basic cohesion. Functionally, the building’s interior continues this celebration of the tribal cornerstone of Dubai identity. At ground level, it is an open structure, hence symbolizing the hospitality of the Dubai people and inviting all to enter. Visitors may find at different levels outside and inside the structure different kinds of majlis. Take a look!

Moon Inspired

In previous post we’ve told you about Water Building Resortbeautiful hotel inspired by the drop of the water. This time we will represent you a few eco concepts of buildings inspired by the form of the Moon. These building were developed by different design studios espesially for Muslims contries.