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Aerial Views of Dubai

Dubai can be a deceptive city. From ground level, you can mistake it for a conglomeration of tall buildings of architectural ingenuity, soaring with magnificence towards the sky. They stand in competition with one another, wooing the dazed observer as they ponder who is the tallest, fairest, and most majestic of them all.

Aerial Views of Dubai
Burj Khalifa in the centre

But when viewed from the air, Dubai takes on a more demure appearance.

Aerial Views of Dubai
Aerial view of Dubai with Dubai Creek in top right and Sharjah in distance

The skyscrapers only form part of  this Emirate. Flat land and distant haze are a reminder of the proximity to the desert. Dubai Creek in the top right almost sets an invisible boundary while the wide freeways that traverse the city resemble mere lines in the sand. Up in the distance,  Sharjah with its high rise barely competes against the desert backdrop.

Aerial Views of Dubai
Dubai coastline and the Arabian Gulf

These photographs were taken on the flight from Dubai to Sydney.

Aerial Views of Dubai
Dubai Maritime City and Port Rashid in Dubai

As the Emirates A380 plane veered away from the airport towards the Persian Gulf, the last chance to catch a glimpse of this captivating city ended with a silent promise to return for a longer stay.

Aerial Views of Dubai
Dubai high rise

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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.