Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sand Strokes

His name is Saleh & he's a 'sand artist' (is there a specific name for this art?) He works at the Abu Dhabi International Airport duty-free area (upper floor). He pours coloured sand into glass jars layer by layer; a few swirls, shakes and pokes and prods with a thin metal rod and voila - you have a simple but stunning desertscape. A glass jar approximately 5 inches high (as pictured) takes 15 minutes and costs 25 dirhams or approx $7. I especially love the camels!


  1. Gosh this brings back a flood of memories, I used to live in Dubai not so long back.

    Lovely photo.

  2. DC I know what you mean! I feel like I lived in dubai this year being there 3 times! Do you remember the sand artist in Souq Madinat Jumeirah? reckon he was waaaay more expensive than this AD dude?

  3. I don't know how these guys do it - so talented!

    Sha'ira - I know that Madinat guy - we've watched him on many occasions with various visitors!

  4. First time I saw a sand artist was on the streets of Amman in Jordan. I bought my very first bottle there. It is amazing!