There is much more to the United Arab Emirates then 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 what he has captured is breathtaking. With a background in design and fine arts, Irenaeus specializes in Landscape and Portraiture 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 style.

The battle between nature and humans is rarely starker than here in the UAE. The barren landscape has been built over with eye-watering speed, as Dubai for example has grown from an unremarkable port town to bustling metropolis in the space of a few short decades. Nature has a knack of 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 images for yourself, and vote for your favorites!

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#1 Another Tree Saved (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Another Tree Saved (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Laugh Fan 7 months ago

Need all the trees they can get.

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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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#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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jeremy park 7 months ago

surreal and a little unreal.... do we really think sand would form such strong delineation on the road?

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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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TheRubyFalcon 7 months ago

I love how most people still tried to make an effort to keep the circle and traffic laws and all

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#5 Resting After Training (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Resting After Training (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Barry Patterson 7 months ago

They are doing "Sand Angels".

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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 7 months 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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James Hudon 7 months ago

A little context would help.

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#8 Purple Roundabout (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Purple Roundabout (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Cassie 7 months ago

I love how there's tracks just everywhere through the sand like there was really no point in putting in a road anyway.

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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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K. LNU 7 months ago

Plenty of parking!

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#10 Sandy (Emirate Of Abu Dhabi)

Sandy (Emirate Of Abu Dhabi)

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Mangoes'nRum 7 months 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 7 months 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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Capermom 7 months ago

My OCD kicks in looking at this picture. Why are the two halves on the bottom not the same size..?!?

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#14 Tarmac Island (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Tarmac Island (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant 7 months 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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Charlotte Brine 7 months ago

Seriously who would be using those pedestrian crossings and where would they be going?!

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#16 Wandering (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Wandering (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Savant 7 months 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 7 months 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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cwa92464 7 months ago

You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no name... (Google it hipster)

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#19 Desert Highway (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Desert Highway (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Liz Morea 7 months ago

cool wind in my hair...

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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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Myriam Ickx 7 months ago

Those are oryxes, a species of large antelope.

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#21 Roundabout (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Roundabout (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Dana Hill 7 months 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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Hanna Semaan 7 months ago

I can actually see my house from here

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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 7 months 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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Carole Olson 7 months ago

This is called a Haboub…..OR Haboob!

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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 7 months 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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Justakid 7 months ago

Am I seeing Double Negative by artist Michael Heizer there?

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#28 Sandy (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Sandy (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Pamela24 7 months ago

"Tell me about it, stud."

#29 Desert Roundabout (United Arab Emirates)

Desert Roundabout (United Arab Emirates)

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Mangoes'nRum 7 months 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 7 months 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

#31 No Landing Here (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

No Landing Here (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Carole Olson 7 months ago

I see somebody from L.A. has been there...They left their graffiti etched on the desert to the right of the landing strip! Proves you will never get away from the Los Angeles graffiti wannabe's...….What a shame!

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#32 Xing (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Xing (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Adrian Spade 7 months ago

lol was one car trying to do a donut in the middle of the road?

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#33 Got Lost Again (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Got Lost Again (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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ondodo 7 months ago

amazing

#34 Unnecessary Complicated (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Unnecessary Complicated (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Laugh Fan 7 months ago

Stop! I want to get off!

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