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.


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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.

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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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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