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During November 2017 we visited Mauritius, stopping over for a few days in Dubai. Nothing we had read or seen about it prepared us for the heat and sheer scale of the city. Its bustle and architectural modernity were reminiscent of a JG Ballard novel…testament to mans ability to create a spectacular oasis in a part of the world where a vast city simply should not exist. As usual, our stay consisted of long days with little sleep, miles of walking at the expense of tired feet and insatiable thirst met with litres of water. Did we do Dubai justice from a photography viewpoint? Nope - not a chance. Too little time and too much to see to get under its skin and discover the real city. But we did have a great time recording some of the sites.