Didn't have a chance to share this earlier, but here is a list of my top 10 events in 2009 in Dubai (including one in Abu Dhabi). What was your favourite event in 2009?
1. Dubai International Film Festival: 9th-16th Dec 2009
This is the only week when cinephiles in Dubai are treated to regional and international movies and documentaries and I love losing myself watching movies during this festival and falling in love with some gems. Hands down it is my favourite week in Dubai and you can read my complete review here.
2. The opening of The Empty Quarter
Earlier this year saw the opening of The Empty Quarter, the only gallery in Dubai devoted exclusively to fine art photography. This made my day and I love the work they show. Here are two exhibitions that stood out for me.
Dubai Transmutatations: 20th Oct-28th Nov 2009
A very unique photographic project by French photographer Martin Becka captured Dubai using techniques that date back to the very beginnings of photography. The images of modern Dubai were captured with a wooden photographic tool of a very large format on negative waxed papers, using a process invented approximately 160 years ago by Gustave Le Gray. The photographs were then printed on albumin paper and toned with gold. It was fascinating seeing images of modern Dubai taken using ancient techniques.