Dubai is an old city

^ Skyscraper Index. Booms and Crises throughout highrise buildings. Art After Democratism, Installation by Jonas Staal at Traffic, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional masonry wall with coral stones. Sharjah, UAE. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Urbanizing the desert, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Reconstruction of Traditional Architecture with palm branches. Bed for sleeping outside in the summer. Indian visitors at Dubai Museum. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Reconstruction of a Wind-Tower (Yawani type) divided diagonally in four sectors for natural ventilation of the sleeping area to catch breeze at night. Dubai Museum. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Reconstruction of a Wind-Tower (Yawani type). Dubai Museum. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 


^ Cross-section of  a Wind-Tower. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ How to Inhabit a Wind-Tower. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Reconstruction of ancient wind-towers (Barajeel type) in old city of Dubai. A/C inside? Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional games for boys to ‘test their strength and endurance’ and games for girls ‘which reflect home life’. Dubai Museum. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ The origin of Dubai economy: Pearl divers at the seashore, a job traditionally carried out by African slaves, when the Gulf Peninsula was a key site of the slave trade route between East Africa and West India (6th-15th centuries). Dubai Museum. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Turtle-shell nose clips for pearl divers. Dubai Museum. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Pearl divers in Dubai, a job traditionally carried out by African slaves. Dubai Museum. Children born from enslaved women, concubines of Arab citizens, were ‘born free’. Any trace of their mother’s heritage became obliterated as they took on Arab identities from their fathers. They constituted the Afro-Emirati society. [source> J.D.]. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Pearl diving areas in the Gulf. Sheikh Shaeed Al-Maktoum House Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^  Divers. The Waterfall at The Dubai Mall. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional Palm branches Architecture. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional Architecture of nomadic tribes. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

^ ‘Musical instrument made from goats hooves and worn around the waist’. Dubai Museum. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional Courtyard house. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

 

^ 3D collage of traditional Emirati architectures. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional House Elevation. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Emirati man standing in front of a traditional house. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional Building techniques. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional Building techniques. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional Building techniques. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional Building techniques. Heritage Architecture Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Old scheme for a staircase hidden under another staircase. Sheikh Shaeed Al-Maktoum House Museum, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Indoor Ski Slope, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Indoor Ski Slope, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Indoor Ski Slope, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Indoor Ski Slope, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

 

^ Dubai Aquarium with the largest acrylic panel in the world (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg). The Dubai Mall. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Traditional Water tank, camouflaged A/C and vernacular masonry wall. Dubai Museum. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Power in Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Man rushing to a pop-up Mosque during prayer time in the Labour Camps Area, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013

 

 

 

 

^ Contemporary barracks at the Labour Camps for migrant workers, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Alphabetically-named barracks at the Labour Camps for migrant workers, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Downtown Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Telecom Palm Trees. Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Dragon-shaped floorplan of the Dragon Mart for Chinese goods, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Dragon Mart, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Dragon Mart, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Restored/Reconstructed remnants of the 50-cm-thick Wall of Old Dubai. ‘City walls are one of the prominent architectural features of the urban context of old cities’. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Historic Tree in Old Dubai. Planting Date: 1960.  Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Rulers of the UAE. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ ‘The government is not a power on the people but the power to serve the people, so the success of the government is to what extend the people satisfy with the government’. In the United Arab Emirates, less than 20% of the population are ‘citizens’. Less than 1% of that 20% is allowed to vote. [source> Human Rights Watch, 2009]. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

^ Where Dubai ends. Image by deconcrete2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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