Dhow Laborer

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Dubai Creek – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

You see these workers on the dhows every day loading everything from vegetables and fruit, clothes, vehicle spares, cars, to electrical equipment, into the boats.  They toil in the sun or in pitch-black, cramped conditions below-deck.  And then make their way up and down Dubai Creek, and once the boat is full, it’s off — loading and unloading in several countries around the Middle East before it reaches its destination in Iran, East Africa, Pakistan or India.

 

Dhow Laborers on Dubai Creek

Thank you to Michiel de Lange who pointed me in the right direction when I asked his advice about photographing the dhow laborers and their boats on Dubai Creek. He warned me to be careful wandering the docks of Dubai Creek and cautioned me to be ever vigilant. He neglected to tell me how captivated I would become and just how emotional this experience would be. He knew I would find out on my own.