A Window Into Dubai: Our Must-See Short Films

By: Katie Manning

January 9, 2013

From its vibrant city centre right out into the deepest depths of the desert, we’ve discovered a whole lot of wonder in Dubai. From strolling around the bustling markets and relaxing on a pristine stretch of sandy beach to heading out on an off-road adventure across the dunes, we’ve found plenty to sink our teeth into. We’ve selected a few of our favourite Dubai videos to give you a little taste of local life.

“Sky” by Philip Bloom

Offering up a glimpse into the spectacular landscapes of the city, we love watching Philip Bloom uncover some of Dubai’s most alluring scenes. A stylish homage to some of Dubai’s most impressive cityscapes.

“Dubai – two faces of a city” by Gunther Machu

Gunther Machu takes us through Dubai’s lively city streets in a colourful exploration of local life. From café culture to market stalls, this video provides a great window into everyday life in the city.

“My first Sky Dive from 13,000 Ft” by Philip Bloom

When it comes to extreme sports, Dubai is an adrenaline junkie’s dream. We were completely wowed by the aerial views of the city as Bloom falls from the sky from 13,000 feet. 

“3 days in Dubai” by Aaron Mendez (Ahwahnee Films)

Check out some of the hottest spots in the city as Aaron Mendez makes his way around town. Watch intrepid travellers try their hand at sand boarding and camel riding before enjoying some downtime at a local beach bar.

“Do Bhai, “˜Dubai’ Two Brothers” by The Film Artist

We love the personal feel to this video as we’re introduced to various local characters across the city. Soak up the sights and sounds of street food stands and market stalls and discover life behind the skyscrapers.


Header image: Ole Bendik Kvisberg/Flickr


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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