There is always the question of the unknown - what are women like in Dubai. Here are two views of women in Dubai. On the one side there is the fashionista showing off here Manolo's - and on the other is a mother of 4, balancing her career. Are these atypical views. Probably not, but if you are looking to compare lifestyles of females in Dubai versus your home town, this probably sets aside some preconceptions. The BBC video is about a year old, but the Oprah How Women Live in Dubai is recent.
Just remember that women in Dubai can cover the multitudes of nationalities who follow different paths, and that while these videos represent Emiratis, that number only represents 10% of the population. Nevertheless, those that thought that Dubai Women were hidden away in the home - will be a tad surprised. That certainly isn't the case.
On talk of the empty quarter, one immediately thinks of the vast sand dunes, next to the emptiness of further sand dunes. The empty quarter is in reference to areas of the world where it would be pretty damn hard to exist for more than a couple of days. Yes, the middle of the desert is one of those places. But, the empty quarter is also the name of the only gallery in Dubai devoted exclusively to fine art photography and located in DIFC.
The current exhbition, Dubai, Transmutations, is an excellent example of old school techniques on new school photo opportunities. And so the balance od new and old becomes the balance on yin and yang. A fantastic exhibition worth checking out.