Old, traditional Emirati buildings renovated in Al Seef street in the Bastakia neighborhood, face the Dubai creek. Today, many of these buildings have been turned into restaurants, coffee shops and an open-air market.
Shown here is a restored historical Emirati house. The architecture traditionally incorporates wind towers – locally known as ''Barajee'' – used to cool the inside of the buildings in the desert climate.
Traditionally, palm tree fronds were used to create simple roofs and shaded spaces safe from the desert sun.
In celebration of the new year, the Burj Khalifa – currently the tallest tower in the – turned its facade into an LED screen for a light and laser show.
The Dubai Fountain dances into action with the Dubai Mall behind its streams. The fountain is the largest choreographed fountain in the world.
A traditional fishing boat stands face to face with its modern equivalent. Fishing and pearl diving were an essential component of Emirati tradition and income in the country’s early years.
The Dubai Frame was built with the metaphoric idea of framing the progress of Dubai; the old city seen through the north side, and the new to the south. Captured here is Deira, one of the older neighborhoods in Dubai.
Looking out the south-west side atop the Dubai Frame, one can enjoy the vast skyline of the new city, with its tall skyscrapers stretching across the horizon.
Tolerance Bridge was named by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, the ruler of Emirate of Dubai, in honor of its opening on International Tolerance Day. The pedestrian bridge crosses over the Dubai Water Canal and offers an ideal view of the Dubai skyline.
A picture of the Dubai skyline, with Burj Khalifa at its center, as seen from the Tolerance Bridge. The construction cranes seen in the foreground do not go unnoticed as Dubai continues to be a construction site of new developments.