Trevor

Abu dhabi photography, United Arab Emirates - Jan 9 - Jan 10, 2019

Traveler: Trevor C. - Local specialist: Pradeep Fernando

This was an wonderful immersion into the UAE! Pradeep was better than I could have wished for!

We initially began with email correspondence outlining/brainstorming various areas of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and beyond that centered around my photographic exploring. I would bounce locations off of Pradeep and he would also suggest places and things to do. He was always quick to reply despite the time difference and picked up on my interests swiftly!

We ended up creating a very solid itinerary over the course of two days that covered a lot of ground from the top of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain all the way north to the abandoned town of Al Jazirah Al Hamra just south of Ras Al Khaimah and numerous stops in between including the renowned Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. He was also very insistent that things were not set in stone and I could alter the routes or locations as I saw fit and that was cool and comforting.

I was also transferring from Abu Dhabi to Dubai after the second day and he worked that into the itinerary.

Upon my arrival in Abu Dhabi we were in contact almost right away and he picked me up from the hotel the next morning right on time

It was a real treat having Pradeep in the driver seat! He was personable, knowledgeable (being in a new place, I had a lot of questions) and had a wonderful sense of humor! He was attentive to my needs and always focused on the photography aspect of my exploration being aware of the light or angle for each location and always suggestive of other angles etc for everyplace we visited. During the ride between locations he would educate me on the system of government, other things to see and do and things to eat while visiting the UAE and other insider items a foreign visitor may not know about. Two somewhat unplanned stops I loved we’re the Fish Market in Abu Dhabi and the Blue Souk in Sharjah, these weren’t places I had even thought of but Pradeep suggested them and I was so happy he did!

By the time he dropped me off at my hotel in Dubai on the second day I felt much more confident in my knowledge of the United Arab Emirates and very fortunate to have seen so much with such a spectacular guide that now I would call Pradeep a friend.

Overall, this was such a fantastic experience! I would highly recommend Pradeep and his services for anything UAE related! I really don’t think it could have worked out any better!

Huge thanks to Pradeep, kimkim and the wonderful United Arab Emirates! I’ll be back!

Most sincerely,
Trevor Christian
Boston, Massachusetts USA

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Pradeep Fernando, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Trevor,

Thank you so much for your glowing remarks. You are very kind!

It was such a pleasure meeting you and I am so glad that I decided to drive you myself. From the minute you contacted and described what your trip is all about, I was very excited to be a part of this project. Having looked at your work online, it wasn't hard for me to ditch everything else and drive you around to capture places, most of which that we as residents take for granted, and see them through a fresh pair... read more

Dear Trevor,

Thank you so much for your glowing remarks. You are very kind!

It was such a pleasure meeting you and I am so glad that I decided to drive you myself. From the minute you contacted and described what your trip is all about, I was very excited to be a part of this project. Having looked at your work online, it wasn't hard for me to ditch everything else and drive you around to capture places, most of which that we as residents take for granted, and see them through a fresh pair of eyes. I must say the pictures that you have shared thus far are all brilliant work with each with a story to tell, and you, my friend, is an amazing photographer.

I wish you safe travels in Singapore and beyond, hope Qatar is kind and photogenic and wish you safe flight home. Keenly following you on Instagram to see what you see that most people like me would just walk by! Looking forward to getting my hands on some of the images that I would proudly feature on Kimkim with credit to you.

Many thanks again, Trevor. Happy travels and keep discovering!
Kind regards,
Pradeep