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Olivia Arthur: Stranger

A disorienting and alienating journey of an imagined return to Dubai 50 years into the future

Olivia Arthur

Olivia Arthur | Stranger Dhow-workers by the docks at the creek. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013 © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger An advert for a new housing development in Dubai. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Kids in Ski Dubai. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger The view from Jumeirah Beach Residence in the Marina. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger 'Champ ka Camp' singing competition in the labour camp. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger A man dressed up for a traditional event for the Sindhi community at the India Club. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2014. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Dubailand Entertainment Park under construction. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger A man buried in the sand on Jumeirah Beach. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Workers unload sharks from vans at the Dubai Fish Market. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Double-exposure of a worker in Bur Dubai. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2014. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Faded hoardings on a construction site on Palm Jumeirah. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Rashmi in her new apartment, where she can't turn off the air conditioning. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Mr Chachara, a resident of the UAE since the 60s. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Trees at night in Sonapur. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2014. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Workers clean the Dubai fountain in front of the Burj Khalifa. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Faded hoardings on a construction site on Palm Jumeirah. Dubai, United Arab Emirate. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Indians swim in the sea during Diwali. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur | Stranger Billboard advert for a water park. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

Stranger imagines a survivor returning to Dubai fifty years into the future and imagining what they would see. Through photographs and small anecdotes, the viewer is taken on a journey through a city that is both awe-inspiring and alienating. A city which has grown at breath-taking pace from a population of 90,0000 in the 1960s to over 2 million in the current day, and continues to draw people from all over the world with its promise of riches.