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images from the Gulf KAY HARTMANN

In 2013 I had the opportunity to visit the Arab Gulf region of the Middle East, specifically Doha in Qatar and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. I was struck by the many contrasts between what I had imagined the mideast to be like, and what was really there. Doha and Dubai have become modern cities in a very short time. The contrast between their traditional culture and their current culture was especially fascinating to me, so I focused this book of photos on the contrasts I found in both places. The backgrounds I used are from the beautiful patterns and images printed on the local currency, called Riyals in Doha and Dirhams in Dubai.


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ArabGULF1 architecturalDETAILS2 consumerCULTURE3 desertSPORTS4 femaleDRESS5 foodSPECIALTIES6 IslamicCULTURE7 maleDRESS8 typographySTYLES9 thankYOU10


ArabGULF1

Burj Al Arab, a prominent skyscraper on Dubai’s harbor skyline..


architecturalDETAILS2

Mosque tower in Doha [left]; Dubai skyscraper [right].


architecturalDETAILS2

Exterior of world’s tallest building in Dubai [left]; Doha restaurant exterior with arabaesque motif


consumerCULTURE3

Sign from mall display in Dubai [above]; hookahs for sale in Doha


consumerCULTURE3

Shoes on display in mall in Dubai.

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desertSPORTS4

Falconry is a traditional sport in Doha and is featured on the currencly. Falcon is wearing a red leather hood and is tethered to a rail.


Camels illustrate Qatar’s paper money called Riyals [above]. Trainers prepare their camels for the races.


desertSPORTS4


desertSPORTS4 Proprietor of “THE BIRDS CENTER” in Doha where falcons and falconry supplies are sold.


Young merchant selling supplies at the Camel Supermarket outside Doha.


femaleDRESS5


femaleDRESS5


Abayas, or Muslim robes for women on display at Souk Waqif, a traditional marketplace in Doha. [left] Western jackets by Gulf designers on display in a contemporary store in Katara, a cultural area along the beach in Doha. [below]


femaleDRESS5 Design students at Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus in Qatar wear either Western or traditional clothes.


A contemporary restaurant in Doha. A guide drinks tea at the Heritage House in Dubai. [right]


foodSPECIALTIES6


foodSPECIALTIES6

Spice market in Souk Waqif; spicy dish with potato puffs served in Doha restaruant.


Deja Vu is an appropriate sign for a shop in Doha’s Souk Waqif, where the buildings are new, but designed to look like an old marketplace. Male student models in reconstructed classroom in the Heritage House, which was last used in 1957.


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IslamicCULTURE7

Dubai’s Heritage House [above]; Doha’s Grand Mosque [right]


IslamicCULTURE7

Interior space in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.


IslamicCULTURE7


Bus parked outside the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.


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typographySTYLES9


typographySTYLES9


thankYOU10

for viewing this work...special thanks to Leland Hill, Kathy Joslyn and Ann Woodworth for making this trip possible...

images from the Gulf KAY HARTMANN

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