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Photo Tour | National Day Weekend in the UAE

Instructor: Obaid AlBudoor

On this domestic photo tour, you’ll spend the entire weekend photographing the diverse landscapes and nightscapes of the UAE, all within a 300km radius of Dubai.

 

Our objective for this photography tour is to chase light. This means getting up before sunrise and staying awake late into the night to hunt for stars. Chasing light means moving fast to our shooting locations. We will pack only the essentials and focus on the experience, not our home comforts. There will be periods of downtime throughout the tour, especially when shooting, where we can relax and enjoy the amazing scenery around us. I look forward to welcoming you on this adventure to explore the landscapes of the UAE! – Obaid

Tour Date

Thursday, November 29, 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Friday, November 30, 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Saturday, December 1, 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Sunday, December 2, 12:00 AM to 3:00 PM
3-day tour
AED 5000.00
Tour Outline

This National Day, GPP is creating a photography experience that is nothing less than an ode to the UAE. We’ll take you from the the foot of the Empty Quarter to the undulating dunes of Liwa and several hidden gems in between, including a very special sunrise shoot on Shuweihat Island, where you’ll be able to reward yourself with a swim on the final day of the tour. As a part of this lucky group, you’ll take full advantage of the long weekend, venturing out into the pristine corners of the desert that are untouched by artificial light at night and brimming with some of the most breathtaking natural light from sunrise to sunset.

 

With Obaid AlBudoor as your trusted guide and dedicated photography instructor, you will benefit from attentive focus on incorporating the best practices for landscape and night photography as you bolster your knowledge about the geography of the UAE. This photo tour entails 3 days and 3 nights of camping, allowing you to capture the immense diversity of landscapes and nightscapes with 2 sunset shoots, 3 astrophotography/night shoots, and 3 sunrise shoots. (Please note: this itinerary leaves little time for sleep, which is why we’re returning early on Sunday, so you can crash and recover before normal life restarts on Monday.)

This National Day, GPP is creating a photography experience that is nothing less than an ode to the UAE. We’ll take you from the the foot of the Empty Quarter to the undulating dunes of Liwa and several hidden gems in between, including a very special sunrise shoot on Shuweihat Island, where you’ll be able to reward yourself with a swim on the final day of the tour. As a part of this lucky group, you’ll take full advantage of the long weekend, venturing out into the pristine corners of the desert that are untouched by artificial light at night and brimming with some of the most breathtaking natural light from sunrise to sunset.

 

With Obaid AlBudoor as your trusted guide and dedicated photography instructor, you will benefit from attentive focus on incorporating the best practices for landscape and night photography as you bolster your knowledge about the geography of the UAE. This photo tour entails 3 days and 3 nights of camping, allowing you to capture the immense diversity of landscapes and nightscapes with 2 sunset shoots, 3 astrophotography/night shoots, and 3 sunrise shoots. (Please note: this itinerary leaves little time for sleep, which is why we’re returning early on Sunday, so you can crash and recover before normal life restarts on Monday.)

  • A long weekend of photography and adventure
  • Transportation (in a comfortable Nissan Patrol)
  • Access to a tent, sleeping bag and lantern (alternatively you can bring your own)
  • Meals, primarily at restaurants or cafes along the road
  • Water

Photography: Suitable for beginners to landscape and astrophotography who have a solid foundation in photography. You must (must!) have a thorough understanding of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and hands-on experience shooting in manual modes. If you are not familiar with these terms or currently shoot in Auto or P mode, we recommend enrolling for our Photography Level 1 workshop prior to attending. Attendees who have also attended our Photography Level 2 workshop will benefit most from this Tour

Editing:  Although not required, participants with a basic understanding of the Photoshop and Lightroom interfaces will benefit most from this Tour, as the instructor will host some editing demonstrations on-the-go. If you'd like to catch up on this knowledge, please consider taking GPP’s Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Level 1 and Adobe Lightroom Level 1 workshops.

Day 1 (7pm): Meet at the GPP office in Dubai for introductions, tour briefing on what to expect and gear check. We will head out on a two hour drive to a secluded desert spot in Abu Dhabi, known as the “Fossil Dunes.” After setting up our camp we will welcome in the night with a session of Astrophotography.

 

Day 2: We will begin our day with a sunrise shoot before heading out to Al Zakher, in search of water to photograph. We will stop off for lunch and pick up breakfast for tomorrow, before making our way towards the Rub' al Khali or Empty Quarter desert. We will spend the afternoon photographing the enormous, sprawling sand dunes, before preparing for our sunset shoot. After sunset we will set up camp, then hunt the stars with some astrophotography.

 

Day 3: We will start the day with an early morning sunrise shoot whilst sharing a relaxed breakfast. We will head out to Liwa for lunch, then work on editing our landscape and astro images under the guidance of the instructor. Batteries re-charged, we will drive to the neighbouring Liwa Oasis to capture the pristine landscape at sunset. Our final stop will take us to Shuweihat Island, where we will set up camp and complete our final astrophotography session. At sunrise we will wake up to the exciting, new scenery around us, concluding with our final sunrise shoot. Time permitting, we may be able to start our day with a quick swim in the sea, before having our last breakfast meal together. Departure to GPP, Dubai by 2-3pm.

*Timings and schedules may be adjusted according to weather or other unforeseen events.

  • You must have read and signed this terms and conditions/waiver document to attend.
  • You must be over 18 to attend this tour. 
  • When we are on location there will be no bathrooms so please expect to improvise. There will be infrequent petrol stops along the way which may include bathroom stops. 
  • During this tour you will spend two nights camping with very basic gear. You must be aware that you will not be getting 8 hours of sleep in a comfy hotel suite. This is not a "glamping" experience.
  • You will not have access to a ull shower during the tour. However, we will make a couple of stops to wash and freshen up. Bring baby wipes and have a good shower before you arrive! 
  • You will be in a non-air conditioned shooting location for long periods, although the weather should be more bearable than the typical UAE mid-day summer heat. Astrophotography success will be weather dependent. 
  • Transport from our meeting location (GPP) and back is provided. 
  • You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability in order to attend this tour. Health: Please bring all required medications with you. 
  • You must have health insurance or travel insurance (if you are not a UAE resident). This is absolutely compulsory and we reserve the right to refuse attendance if you have not arranged this. 
  • We will be driving for some hours each day, if you are prone to motion sickness, consider medication.
Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel your workshop a minimum of 10 days in advance of your tour, you will be issued a 90% refund or may be issued a credit to put towards other tours or workshops.
  • If you cancel your workshop less than 10 days in advance of your tour, no refund is possible.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Tours can be rescheduled within 2 months of the originally booked workshop date(s), pending availability.
  • Bookings can only be transferred ONCE, if you transfer your booking and later wish to cancel it, we will not be able to refund or reschedule you under any circumstances.
  • GPP reserves the right to change the location of the tour itinerary to another location within the same city and/or emirate as deemed necessary in accordance with management discretion.
  • By booking this tour you agree to review and accept all terms and conditions before booking this tour here. These Terms and Conditions supercede any regular conditions imposed by GPP.

Tour Date

Thursday, November 29, 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Friday, November 30, 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Saturday, December 1, 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Sunday, December 2, 12:00 AM to 3:00 PM
3-day tour
AED 5000.00

Need help booking?

Call us at 04 380 8545 or email at info@gulfphotoplus.com for more information about the tour and assistance with your booking.

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