In pictures: Dubai’s modern architecture

Photographer Matthijs Kok captures stunning details of the city's architecture

Dubai is undoubtedly one of the most unique cities I’ve visited, and home to some of the most amazing futuristic megaprojects in the world,” says photographer and designer Matthijs Kok. Here he captures details of the city’s stunning and modern architecture in the light of an ancient sun:

The view from the top observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
The view from the top observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building

 

A view of the city’s skyline from one of the creek stops Dubai
A view of the city’s skyline from one of the creek stops

 

From left: The sun blazes over Dubai; an ornate Arabian-style dome in the Dubai Mall, one of the UAE’s largest shopping malls; and camels at the ready for a desert safari
From left: The sun blazes over Dubai; an ornate Arabian-style dome in the Dubai Mall, one of the UAE’s largest shopping malls; and camels at the ready for a desert safari

 

Parked abra along Dubai’s Deira Creek Dubai
Parked abra along Dubai’s Deira Creek

 

A view of Burj Al Arab, a 7-star luxury hotel, from Madinat Jumeirah
A view of Burj Al Arab, a 7-star luxury hotel, from Madinat Jumeirah

 

An installation of brightly colored umbrellas in the Dubai Mall
An installation of brightly colored umbrellas in the Dubai Mall

 

From left: Detail of the Atlantis, the Palm, a luxury hotel on the Palm Jumeirah, one of the largest artificial islands in the world; an abra or motorized water taxi; and the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a modern recreation of the traditional Middle Eastern marketplace
From left: detail of the Atlantis, the Palm, a luxury hotel on the Palm Jumeirah, one of the largest artificial islands in the world; an abra or motorized water taxi; and the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a modern recreation of the traditional Middle Eastern marketplace

 

The sprawling urban oasis at night Dubai
The sprawling urban oasis at night

 

Dubai
The dome of one of the city’s mosques, the Masjid Musabah bin Rashid Al Fattan

 

This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Smile magazine.

Photographed by

Matthijs Kok

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