60 images Created 26 May 2018
UAE, 2014 - 2016
A country of extremes. Extreme wealth and glitz, extreme labour conditions, extreme heat - even sunsets are extreme, often dimmed by several thick layers of heat, humidity, pollution and sand. A country in which artificial snow and skiing are possible on a scorching 50 degrees Celsius day, in the era of climate change. Sometimes it feels like living on another planet, or like a preview of what the future might be like on this one. A society of desert tents and fishermen’s huts that turned in a very short period of time into a kingdom of concrete and steel. When the night hits, it looks like a 23rd century city with its ultramodern architecture and cool neon lights. At the same time, traditional values are cherished and very present in everyday life, but it’s also a society open to differences. Ramadan, the most special time of the year, brings the best in people into focus. It’s a period when people become more giving, caring and patient than usual, with iftars as the most important moments of the day, when locals share their meals with foreigners, and where everyone is welcome.