Monday, 14 January 2008

Sheikh Zayed Road (as you've never seen it before)

The authorities have declared today a public holiday in Dubai. Why? Because today is the day that President Bush comes to town. They have closed lots of roads, including one of the busiest roads in the world!

I live just next to SZR and took a walk down there to get these pix:


SZR to Dubai

This is Sheikh Zayed Road looking toward Dubai - as you can see the weather is atrocious - grey leaden skies and a gentle but persistent falling of cool rain. But to see SZR like this, with not a car in sight is amazing!

SZR to Abu Dhabi

This is looking the other way towards Abu Dhabi and the bridge you can see is the Safa Park interchange.


Of course, under normal circumstances, standing in the middle of the second lane of six northbound lanes of traffic on SZR would have rendered me quite dead, so whilst I do not claim that these photographs are unique, I do not expect to ever be able to get them again! I wanted to go onto the bridge to take my photo's but the CID wouldn't let me on there - just as well they didn't catch me stood in the middle of the road taking these!


Singing In The Rain


I wouldn't normally put pictures of people in my blog but I was happy to seek permission from one of my colleagues to post this, taken as she cavorted in the middle of Sheikh Zayed Road.

6 comments:

Bridget Jones said...

So you went in the middle of SZR with a camera under CID's eyes :))))) THAT's what Bridget calls gutsy and creative! You are a kewl bloke Billy :)

Mind if I show these pics on my blog sometime? I'll give you credit of course :)

Marion said...

Wow, see what you mean great photos. Think my brother is living alongside this motorway too he says its a crazy place usually.

SNAZ said...

wish Dubai's roads were this clear everyday....
Doesn't Bush wanna see Global Village, Wild Wadi and go Dune bashing... give all of us a few days more....

the weathers too pleasant to work

Jayne said...

.......But to see SZR like this, with not a car in sight is amazing!...........I would've thought it was unique!
Has SZR ever been closed like that before?

dubaibilly said...

I don't think it has been closed during the day to this extent, Jayne, but the reason I say the pix aren't unique is because there will have been lots of other Dubaians (if that is the (or a) word) out on the road and the bridges taking similar photographs.

Mars said...

if only roads were this empty at any given time of the day...
i wonder if we get a day off for the French Prez...