6 March, 2012

The Future Is Now – Meydan Bridge – Dubai

The Future Is Now – Meydan Bridge, Dubai

Even though I didn’t get out much to shooting Dubai a couple weeks ago, I made sure to get out to The Meydan Bridge. A big thanks goes to Daniel Cheong not only for driving me out there, but also for the great conversation and company. I always love connecting with fellow photographers and Daniel and I share a lot of the same philosophies on post-processing. In my opinion, he has some of the most beautiful photos of Dubai in existence – really stunning stuff. I recommend check out his Flickr Page to see some of the photos I’m talking about.

The Meydan Bridge is a VIP entrance to the Meydan Racecourse, a mega structure that is able to accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a 1 mile long grandstand. When not used for races it serves as a business and conference integrated facility. The thing is, like many other things in Dubai, it’s only used once (or so) a year. The rest of the time it’s mostly abandoned and this beautiful bridge is blocked from access. It was a strange feeling actually – to be standing on this opulent mega structure, in the middle of the desert, miles away from the city, and with nobody around. Half the lights were busted too. I guess after Tom Cruise was finished driving over it in Mission Impossible 3, they really didn’t have a need to maintain it anymore.
The Future Is Now - (Dubai, UAE)

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


As featured by Professional Photographer MagazineCNet Australia,, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.


Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.


Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.


Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.

  • I dig it dude. Well done. I would love to see a before/after post with this image or the post processing notes as well.
    Killer tip about Daniel Cheongm he has some sweet shots.

    The best part of this image IMO is the sky because it’s so clean which is more rare than it ought to be in HDR photos. Keep it up.

    • Thanks mate! I think I’ll make a B/A out of this at a later time. Oh, and it’s not an HDR. 😉

  • Great shot!

    Were you left alone by the tripod police?

    • We were completely alone out there. Not another soul around for miles (including the pesky tripod police).

  • Rui Matos

    Amazing capture. I love your work.

  • David Abrantes

    Amazing job here my friend. I’m always amazed how I can never tell if it is or is not a HDR. You really are the master!!

  • Nice Capture, must be inspiring to be in this place!!!

  • David and Rui, Thanks! 🙂

    Rex, to be honest It was a little strange to be out there since it was completely abandoned.

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  • Great capture! I’m planning to go out and shoot this bridge this week so doing a little research, and find that you not only probably clicked the best shot BUT you went out there with Daniel, who I’m finding has most of the best shots all around shots of Dubai! LOL, you both have inspired me! Thanks for posting!

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  • Laura

    Just saw your picture of this fascinating bridge on Chromecast and had to google your work. An amazing shot! Thank you for sharing!