In my last post I featured a photograph of an unused structure out in the desert near Dubai, a concrete amphitheatre. It turns out there was more to explore.
Not far away is an area of desert that is difficult to access, being fenced off from most directions. I found a cross country way to visit the area as I was intrigued by a strange array of waterways and scars in the landscape.
I eventually found an old dusty sign that informed me the area was part of a defunct development once known as ‘The Arabian Canal’.
If you’ve never followed the google earth coordinates on my posts then this is the time to start ( 24°49’5.13″N 55° 7’50.13″E) This point will show you where the photograph was taken, but if you follow the desert north you will see a monumental earthwork that is being slowly swallowed by the desert.
The Arabian Canal was one of Dubai’s most environmentally shocking plans, an attempt to create tens of kilometres of valuable waterfront real estate in the middle of the virgin desert.
More on this subject soon!
Note from the editor: this photograph is part of a series called “Consumption” that seeks to document consumerism’s impact on the environment. From resource extraction and commodity production all the way down the supply chain to retail stores and waste processing facilities, Richard artfully examines what nature has come to mean in a world that depends on buying stuff.