Getting Surreal in the Emirates

Barcelona‑based photographer Yosigo finds unexpected beauty amid some of the UAE’s kitschiest attractions.

January 14, 2019
Baby Brent’s Luncheonette is set inside Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood-inspired theme park
Set inside Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood‑inspired theme park, Baby Brent’s Luncheonette fronts a surrealist design based on the animated movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”.
A leaf-shaped telephone booth
A leaf‑shaped telephone booth packs a heavy dose of nostalgia in Dubai.
Earth on Wheels, Emirates National Auto Museum
A leaf‑shaped telephone booth packs a heavy dose of nostalgia in Dubai.
45 kilometres south of downtown Abu Dhabi is the Emirates National Auto Museum, a pyramid‑shaped complex that houses over 200 cars belonging to Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, including the conceptual Earth on Wheels, a 10‑bedroom caravan in the shape of a globe that’s one‑millionth the size of our planet.
A white Mercedes-Benz with Monster Truck tires
Parked outside the ENAM pyramid, this white Mercedes Benz is one of the museum’s many vehicles that have been upgraded with Monster Truck tires.
A life-size Diplodocus in Dubai Garden Glow’s dinosaur park
Adjacent to Zabeel Park, one of the city’s largest parks, Dubai Garden Glow’s dinosaur park has over 120 animated, life‑size dinosaurs on display, including this massive Diplodocus.