DUBAI. Bread & Circuses (work in progress)
The rapid transformation of Dubai from a dusty fishing town in the sixties to the ultramodern metropolis of today, fascinates both supporters and critics. With its artificial islands and iconic skyscrapers, the little emirate is a world player when it comes to tourism and business.
Dubai’s entertainment industry and its luxury lifestyle based on consumerism have a big impact on the urbanisation of the Emirate. Ruler Mohammed bin Rachid Al Maktoum, acting as the CEO of the ‘Dubai-brand’, spares no cost nor effort to promote his city worldwide as a place of complete economical freedom, unlimited possibilities and big fun.
‘DUBAI. Bread & Circuses’ is a documentary on leisure, consumerism and tourism in Dubai. This series showcases Dubai as the ultimate playground of globalisation and capitalism, and raises questions about authenticity and sustainability.
This is a just preview. Book and exhibition will be launched in 2018.
Al Qudra desert, September 20, 2016
Miracle Garden car park, September 20, 2016
Indian construction workers at Dubai Marina, January 2, 2016
Global Village, a shopping and entertainment park, with 32 pavilions representing 75 countries, January 7, 2017
Oasis Mall, January 6, 2016
Tunisian Court at Ibn Battuta Mall, September 16, 2016
Gaming and entertainment complex Hub Zero at City Walk shopping mall, January 5, 2017
Cavalli Club, January 1, 2016
Chillout Ice Lounge, a subzero bar at Oasis Mall, January 6, 2016
Indoor ski resort Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates, January 12, 2016
Green Planet, an indoor tropical rainforest with a manmade tree, January 5, 2017
Marina Beach, January 15, 2016
Prototype of the Floating Seahorse, an underwater holiday villa with butler, at the Heart of Europe, a manmade archipelago in the Persian Gulf.
125 floating villas are planned to be built. January 16, 2017
Full Moon Yoga at Fairmont The Palm Hotel, September 17, 2016
Eid al-Adha fireworks above the artificial Bluewaters Island, September 14, 2016