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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Jumeirah

I had to go to the Jumeirah Jumeirah Beach Hotel this morning, so I took my shiny new camera to get some pics.


I'm quite proud of the pic below - the helipad near the top of Burj Al Arab: hand-held, 12x zoom, image stabilisation on.

There's a prototype air-conditioned bus stop outside Wild Wadi:

Apart from the ludicrous waste of energy this represents, I spotted a bit of a design flaw. Well, all of it really, it isn't the most beautiful thing ever built. No, I mean, the door. It's a sliding door, and it's not self-closing. When your bus finally arrives, you'll rush out to stop it and you will not think about closing the door behind you. Mind you, you could do what I did: grab the handle, pull the door shut, and bruise your fingers as it slams against the door-frame: there is no door stop. Ouch!

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16 Comments:

Blogger nzm said...

Nice images.

At least the bus shelter looks ok so that the hotel residents think that the bus-using population of Dubai is being looked after.

It's all about asthetics, you know!

9:52 am  
Blogger Jin said...

Bloody nice photos keef.............watch out nzm, you're gonna have some competition!

10:26 am  
Blogger Mitsuki said...

lovely snaps

11:15 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice pictures thanks, I do agree the bus shelter is a bit tacky :o)

3:45 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

The bus shelter is just a PR stunt isn't it. Room for, what, a dozen people at a tight squeeze? Hardly practical.

7:47 pm  
Blogger marwan said...

Great pics, Keefie.

This bus stop practically encapsulates Dubai - modern comforts for the fortunate six (6), while the underprivileged masses swelter in the open stops and stations.

10:11 pm  
Blogger Omni said...

I bet they spend a fortune air conditioning the great outdoors when that door's left open!!

4:43 am  
Blogger moryarti said...

thats a darn good camera keef ... nice shots

6:08 am  
Blogger Taunted said...

I take it it's solar powered....

12:22 pm  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Ooh, what camera did you buy? Did you replace your Sony H1?

7:49 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Everybody: thanks!
Tim: Sony H2 (I think H1 is superceded). It's fab!

8:06 am  
Blogger jojo said...

thats why they call it phototype.Appreciate the world first ac b/s and wait for the roll out.

1:22 pm  
Blogger Poonam said...

THIS IS FOR ALL OF YOU WHO POINTED OUT THE FLAWS IN THE A/C BUS Q SHELTER....

1. ITS A PROTOTYPE...AND THERE IS A HUGE SIGN TO TELL ITS JUST A SAMPLE...THE PRODUCT IS STILL IN THE MAKING AND ALL THE HITCHES AND GLITCHES ARE BEING TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT....

2. THE SLIDING DOOR: IT WILL BE SELF CLOSING EVENTUALLY(WHEN THE FINAL PRODUCT IS INSTALLED)...SO DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WASTE OF ENERGY...AND U WUDNT BE RUNNING BEHIND A BUS TO STOP IT...THER WILL BE A PUSH BUTTON INSIDE TO ALERT THE BUS DRIVER THAT THERE IS A PASSAENGER WAITING...

3: THE CAPACITY OF THE BUS STOP: HAVE U EVER SEEN MORE THAN 6-8 PEOPLE WAITING FOR A BUS AT ANY BUS STOP?

GUYS, I REALLY THINK ITS A GREAT CONCEPT AND MANY WILL BENEFIT FROM IT...LEARN TO APPRICIATE THE EFFORTS SOME PEOPLE ARE PUTTING IN TO PROVIDE COMFORT TO THE LESS PRIVILAGED ONES....OR ATLEAST WAIT TILL THE FINAL PRODUCT IS UP AND RUNNING...

12:41 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Poonam: don't post in all caps, sounds like SHOUTING!

When have I ever seen more than 6-8 people waiting for a bus? Many, many times.

I do appreciate the effort that has gone into this. But I think it would have been more sensible to stick a couple of windtowers on top or install an efficient evaporative cooler rather than use hugely-wasteful air-conditioning.

8:20 am  
Blogger Poonam said...

Dear Keefieboy

im not shouting....didnt knw writing in caps wud seem like that...

just wanted to say...lets give these guys a chance to make dubai a better city...infact we shud point out the flaws in a positive light so that the people who are making it cud rectify them....we shudnt forget its the first a/c BQS in the world and some things can go wrong since no one has done this before...

8:21 pm  
Blogger Sumit said...

I agree with NZM

9:44 am  

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