Fancy an active morning? Then head down to the Dubai Motor Cross Race Track in Jebel Ali and get your fill of the action.
It starts slowly, the bikers arrive with their vehicles, the wardens get the final instructions, the organizers are busy with last minute details, and the track looks calm and peaceful. Then all of a sudden there is a roar of engines as the track bursts into a flurry of activity; all the riders looking for a lead in the compettion. The competitors fly high into the air over the sand, land back in a cloud of dust, and continue making their way at high speed in a sea of flying sand.
The brightly coloured bikes, the striking colours of the riding gear, and the high speed at which it all happens makes capturing this on camera rather challenging for us as well. You have to make sure that you are well out of the way of the track, and once you have decided on a spot, it is best to sit there and shoot your pictures. You need to plan in advance, if not, you could probably have a whole race pass you by, and you will get left with little or no pictures, becasue of the fast pace. There is hardly any time to think.
Get up early and make the trip, its well worth it!
With the climate cooling down its the perfect time to travel to the desert to get some good pictures of the culture around us. With a little bit of patience and perseverance, and the fact that you may actually have to venture into the off-beaten track, you can find the trainers with their camels in the dunes. The satisfaction in getting these images is that other than the camels and their riders, there is no other trace of civilization around you.
We came across this group more by chance…they suddenly appeared from behind a dune and we had to opportunity to make a few good photos before they again vanished behind another large dune. A few minutes after this the wind picked up, and we soon found ourselves in the middle of a lot of swirling sand, and very reduced visibility. There was really no way in which we could use our cameras without getting sand into them, and so decided to make our way back to our vehicle, all the while protecting our camera gear, while the sand kept getting into our eyes, mouth, hair and clothes. Something a little different from the normal routine day.
Very often we tend to ignore the day-to-day happenings around us; seeing how busy we all are with our meetings, schedules and appointments. Unfortunately, we fail to realise that by doing this, we are slowly doing away with our past habits and ways of life, and are now moving into a new way of living. This is why it is so important to preserve the cultural and behavioral habits of our surroundings.
Above is a picture of the trainers walking their camels in the morning, getting them used to the race track. This is something that happens every morning in the areas close to the Camel Race track in Dubai, and it has become such that most of the people that pass by, do not even glance towards the camels and their trainers. Interestingly, we also see a number of tyre tracks in the sand, the desert no longer belongs to the “ship of the desert” !
While modernization and progress is something that we all try to achieve in our lives, it is equally important to remember our roots, and try and strike a balance between the two.