Sun,sky ,city and Sunsets in UAE_______SofiaKashif

I acknowledged my love for serene evenings and magnificence of gloomy sunsets from the very outset of my young life but it’s destined to have an unmistakable place in my life was out of my all speculation. Evening walks on my Abba’s terrace was my daily ritual for many years of my teenage, with some whispering melodies of the famous hits of nineties era travelling through the air from the nearby markets. Those walks used to help me in maintaining my super smartness those days, reducing all the stress and strain of the day’s hectic academic routine and pressure of studies but also a way to clasp the beauty of nature. I departed from my Babul home to miss those walks and romantic evenings once for all.

Regarding temperature, evenings are not as pleasant in the Emirates so far due to the splendid sun, humidity of sea and the exhausted heat of millions air-conditioning systems and machines working across the region.though now Meteorologists are procrastinating about the climate change in the middle east in the coming years.In spite of all the heat, the alluring sunsets are more scenic and mesmerising in the modern cityscapes of Abu Dhabi.Years before when I was in my grade twelfth, I had had crazy dreams in night. Sometimes I found myself in deserts with some ancient temples made of clay in a gloomy evening, sometimes it was a rush of big wheels etc, sometimes surrounded by the snub and extravagant gentry. Belonging to a traditional middle-class Pakistani family in a small town I was unable to interpret my dreams as an immigration to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, a state full of luxury, enchanted lifestyle, and lavish class.I used to interpret those with my admission in some big university of the region. I realised about the ultimate truth of my dreams after living in Abu Dhabi for a couple of years. Abu Dhabi is a state of luxury, lush lifestyle and the glittering coastlines that are considered prime locations to enjoy the exotic sunsets.

In UAE, Sun is an important element of life along with sky, sea and sand. These 4S are at it’s best in UAE, particularly in Abu Dhabi, with picturesque views, beautiful mix of traditional and modern, and a fusion of man -made and nature of tropical glamour. As surrounded with Gulf, Abu Dhabi, with its extended summer seasons and long bright days offers the enthralling sunsets, though evenings are very hot and humid for most of a year as compared to those in Pakistan. As an agricultural country, Pakistan is bountiful in fertility of soil, a lot of green always help the temperature to drop by half in the evenings and make it a better place to go out.The hottest days of blazing sun in June and July also drop in many pleasant evenings of Pakistan.

It’s quite different in UAE, that is located on the vast wide sandy region, occupied by the tallest skyscrapers and loaded with electronic machine and technology, the temperature is always at its highest with minor differences among days and nights. It’s more than 50 degrees in days of June and July( nowadays) and around 40° in evenings and night.Anyone who has spent a fair amount of time in Abu Dhabi is aware of the fact that the intensity of heat does not affect the beauty of glorious sunsets. In my three years of photography passion, more than 75% of my photography covers the sun and the sky.

In fact wandering in some quite evenings I have captured thousands of photos of fading big yellow ball beyond the horizon, into the gleaming waves of the sea or behind the white majestic Shaikh Zaid Mosque that is the best spot to witness the glory of the sunset.There are other plenty of perfect sunset spotting locations around the city, including many of the capital ‘s beach sides and the motorways crossing the wide country areas with no skyscraper around to offer the dignified sunsets otherwise are hidden behind the congestion of high rise metropolitan life. Albander, Alraha Beach, Khaleej Al Arabi Park, Al bateen beach and dozens of luxiourious beaches owned by many luxury hotels and resorts around every corner of gulf also offer the best views of the settling of sun.


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