Workers take a short cut home; they disembark their bus, walk through the sea of cars and make for a hole in the fence. There is only a certain amount of water so this short cut around the traffic could guarantee them a shower.

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A Man enters his shared room after a shower. He shares this room with up to 10 other men.
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A bus taking labourers to work.
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A man walks through the camps.
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Young man looks out the window.
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Sunset in the Jebil Ali Camp
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Men play cricket on a Thursday evening.
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Going home after work.
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Men after their shift.
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A Mall under construction along the beach front.
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BENEATH THE SURFACE









Dubai. A place obsessed with prestigious image and associated with astonishing skylines; what was no more than desert in the not so distant past, is now engulfed by high-rise buildings upholding an impeccable skyline; Built with the intention of impressing the western world.

 Disguised by an extravagant and obvious obsession with the contemporary; beneath the surface of this facade the more common public perception of Dubai shadows the less than modern conditions of many of its inhabitants. The men that make this city are exploited, mislead and fed false promises. Their documents are taken and they are subjected to barely acceptable living conditions with minimal pay, thousands of miles from home.

This project explores the reality behind the vast and rapid expansion of this city in to the over populated and yet isolated existence of the labour camps. Hidden away on the edge of the desert, many choose to remain oblivious to the men who build this city. 

With women restricted from entering the camps, as a female photographer, my work observes from a discreet distance the conditions and restrictions these men endure. It should be said however that this sort of exploitation while endemic in the Middle East is also common in many other parts of the world.

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