The consumer hyperbole that pervades Dubai has given rise to another excess — the world’s biggest billboards. They line long stretches of roadway, blanking out either desert or construction zones. The south Asian workers who erect them — the same ones who are the subject of so much human rights protest — seem like worker termites as they step over scaffolding with no safety equipment.
I had been passing this scene for days along Sheikh Zayed Road when I finally remembered to bring my camera, and luckily I hit it on a clear evening with a colorful sunset in the background. The result was a series of photos that anyone who has lived in Dubai will instantly recognize. (Price Schedule G)