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April 13, 2014

My trip to the UAE

Going on a package tour means you travel with a group of people according to the schedule. Often you can see and visit many places without worrying extra expense... But you have less free time.
Still I made the most of opportunity to have sketching.

Day 1,
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi ( five minutes sketch done while we were given 8 minutes to take photo of it)

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Day 2,
A shop assistant in the Dubai Mall, Dubai. He offered me some sample tasting of tea. He said that he is from the Philippines.

a shop assistant

Inside the Dubai Mall. To see those Emirati people in this huge mall in their folk clothes mede me feel as if I see prince or princess ( characters) in a palace (of dream world)

in the Dubai Mall

After desert safari, I saw belly dance show.

Desert safari, dinner and belly dance

belly dance

And a spinning dancer.

Dancing man

Day 3,
I drew a shop assistant in the spice souk after I tried one clothing and bought it during 20 minutes of given free time there.

Mr. Ali

On our way back to our hotel, I did this tour guide sketch in the bus.
Mr. Shalaby

Burj Khalifa, the world tallest skyscraper. I drew this before sun set near the station called Business Bay. I guess it must be a business district.
Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Day 4,
This day, we had free time until 16:00.
I went to the Mall of Emirates early in the morning. This is another huge mall. It was so lovely to walk around, to see workers preparing to open their shops and of course to shop there.
in the Mall of Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Hotel seen on the premisses of Burj Al Arab.
I did this after I had buffet lunch in a restaurant in Burj Al Arab.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeira Beach Hotel

Burj Al Arab( so called seven-star hotel) I had a once in a life time lunch.
Although I had Arabian food every day, I didn't make any food sketch. I so indulged in just eating this time.
Burj Al Arab

10 comments :

memi said...

Oh, I love the belly dancers, Kumi! What a trip~

miked said...

Nice one Kumi! love the spinning dancer sketch. You even took an easel!

matthew_c said...

Nice sketches Kumi. You are quick! I like the dancers best.Is that "whirling dervish" there?

kumi matsukawa said...

Thanks to all for your kind words.

Mike - Yes, I brought my easel and experimented on a bigger sketchbook.

Matthew - As to spinning dance, it is called “Tannoura” and the dance is from Egypt. As far as I see, "whirling dervish" wear white clothing and dance slowly and gracefully, while “Tannoura”dancer spins much faster and energetic,( even he wore electric lights on his costume. )

Vicky said...

Kumi, these are lovely. The blues are gorgeous. It's a good thing you are so quick. It looks like you were able to make many wonderful sketches in a short amount of time.

kumi matsukawa said...

Thank you, Vicky. Yes, I drew fast as I could. Sometimes I really want to take time on one drawing, but I tend to end up making quick one.

artworknyc said...

the whirling dervish sketch captures it beautifully

kumi matsukawa said...

Ah, “Tannoura” whirling dancer sketch. Thank you, artworknyc.

VHein said...

You certainly did make the most of your time, Kumi--wonderful sketches all, and I too especially love the motion you caught in the dancers!

kumi matsukawa said...

Thank you, Virginia!