Dubai is sandwiched between the Arabian
Desert to the east and the Arabian Gulf to
the west, and its skyline is dominated by the
world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. We
think the best view of the city is an eastward
glance, taken from the casting deck
of a boat or a paddleboard while presenting
flies to queenfish or many other species in
the emerald waters of the gulf.
Dubai straddles a line between contemporary
and traditional. The skyline rises above the
dessert with breathtaking modernity (take
the Burj al Arab, for example), and camel
rides are a tourist attraction. But out here
on the boat, when you battle a queenfish’s
power and acrobatic leaps, then admire its
many hues and lines that match any in the
skyline, you’ll know the timeless feeling of
catching a great fish.
Bryan Gregson chased queenfish in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Dubai, which is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. He fished with Capt. Nick Bowles of Ocean Active (oceanactive.com). More of Bryan’s work can be seen at bryangregsonphotography.com.