There is much more to the United Arab Emirates than the glitzy malls and skyscrapers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Australian photographer Irenaeus Herok has spent some time out in the desert with a drone and has captured truly amazing photos there. With a background in design and fine arts, Irenaeus specializes in Portrait and Nature Photography, drawing his inspiration from old master paintings and cinema. His work contains both traditional and contemporary aspects, balancing technical precision with his own unique photography style.

The battle between nature and humans is rarely starker than here in the UAE. The barren yet beautiful landscape has been built over with eye-watering speed, as Dubai for example has grown from an unremarkable port town to a bustling metropolis in the space of a few short decades. Nature has a knack for striking back, however, and Irenaeus documents this with his surreal, apocalyptic aerial photos that show the desert slowly eating away at highways and settlements in the Emirates.

Scroll down below to check out the remarkable aerial photography shots for yourself, and vote for the most stunning pictures!

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#1

Another Tree Saved (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Another Tree Saved (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
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2 years ago

Just one?!?!?!

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#2

As Far As It Gets (United Arab Emirates)

As Far As It Gets (United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

Sorry, Moana

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#3

No One Said It Will Be An Easy Ride (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

No One Said It Will Be An Easy Ride (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

Even with a government degree lisence, you still can't get past that.

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#4

A Nice 4x4 Roundabout In Dubai. Shot On My Last Trip To UAE (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

A Nice 4x4 Roundabout In Dubai. Shot On My Last Trip To UAE (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

A One-way trip

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#5

Resting After Training (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Resting After Training (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
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2 years ago

is the camel in the middle left lying down?

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#6

Humans Vs Nature (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Humans Vs Nature (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Nature does seem to have the upper hand!

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#7

Quadra Oasis (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Quadra Oasis (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Walter Cheego
Community Member
2 years ago

This should be a golf course! Sand traps galore!

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#8

Purple Roundabout (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Purple Roundabout (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Dan Beck
Community Member
2 years ago

Is it painted purple, or that some sort of vegetation?

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#9

The Most Popular Game In The World Is Played Everywhere (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

The Most Popular Game In The World Is Played Everywhere (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

or in the middle of nowhere

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#10

Sandy (Emirate Of Abu Dhabi)

Sandy (Emirate Of Abu Dhabi)

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Mangoes'nRum
Community Member
2 years ago

Roads here are only guidelines. In the desert any direction goes anywhere you want. As long as you have google maps.

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#11

Desert City Sunset (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Desert City Sunset (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
2 years ago

Why do humans always want to change the landscape from the natural environment to a false, unsustainable environment? Pools, gardens, trees, smack in the middle of a desert?

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#12

Wandering Sands (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Wandering Sands (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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#13

Clean Crossing Setup (United Arab Emirates)

Clean Crossing Setup (United Arab Emirates)

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

It's all so very neatly and evenly laid out.

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#14

Tarmac Island (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Tarmac Island (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

oops

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#15

Let’s Make It Easy (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Let’s Make It Easy (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

Or insanely difficult

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#16

Wandering (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Wandering (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

75 years later...

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#17

Nature Wins. Again (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Nature Wins. Again (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think I'd want the job of clearing these roads!

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#18

Wandering Around (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Wandering Around (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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emilie
Community Member
2 years ago

really quickly, i thought those were fish....

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#19

Desert Highway (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Desert Highway (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Mike Mischak
Community Member
2 years ago

Waste of resources.

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#20

That’s Where I Want To Be Today (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

That’s Where I Want To Be Today (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Capermom
Community Member
2 years ago

Those poor goats...

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#21

Roundabout (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Roundabout (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Dana Hill
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that.... a golf cart?

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#22

City In Haze (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

City In Haze (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Giulia Betke
Community Member
2 years ago

i wanna go now!

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#23

The White Camel (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

The White Camel (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Giulia Betke
Community Member
2 years ago

You need a 4 wheel drive to pass these roads

#24

Incoming Sandstorm (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Incoming Sandstorm (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Giulia Betke
Community Member
2 years ago

So Beautiful!

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#25

If You Don't Know Where You Are Going, Any Road Will Get You There, L. Carroll (United Arab Emirates)

If You Don't Know Where You Are Going, Any Road Will Get You There, L. Carroll (United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

but not the blocked one!

#26

Desert Road (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Desert Road (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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#27

Fork (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Fork (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

Pitchfork

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#28

Sandy (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Sandy (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years ago

"Tell me about it, stud."

#29

Desert Roundabout (United Arab Emirates)

Desert Roundabout (United Arab Emirates)

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Mangoes'nRum
Community Member
2 years ago

Some of these apparent dead ends lead to camping sites

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#30

It's Like Real Life. Some Roads Just End In Nowhere (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

It's Like Real Life. Some Roads Just End In Nowhere (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Greg T
Community Member
2 years ago

This is fairly normal when there is a plan for the land, a shopping center, housing complex, ect... The construction trucks need a way to get there

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#31

No Landing Here (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

No Landing Here (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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cwa92464
Community Member
2 years ago

You may crash here or here

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#32

Xing (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Xing (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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#33

Got Lost Again (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Got Lost Again (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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ondodo
Community Member
2 years ago

amazing

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#34

Unnecessary Complicated (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Unnecessary Complicated (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

Anyone getting dizzy?

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