Dubai, aerially


Dubai, aerially

Published: Fri 11 Aug 2017, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 11 Aug 2017, 2:00 AM

Dubai is one city that never fails to look amazing. Like it's meant for photographic captures, especially of the aerial kind because it gives Dubai a much-deserved, larger-than-life, exalted status: its high-rises, architecture, designs... even its colours: the glittering buildings, the blue of the sea, the white of the sands, the sand in the desert... Photographer Bachir Moukarzel has won an award for his Dubai photos, for which he's enlisted help from a - wait for this - drone! They are breathtaking, and when you see his work, you feel you're about to be thrown right into a wondrous fantasy; but rest assured, they are all real - this is what Dubai actually looks like. Not that you needed reaffirmation, just feel good (and maybe thankful) you live in this gorgeous place!
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Enjoy reading WKND and have a great weekend.


Sushmita Bose

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