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Dubai in a time-lapse, creator dedicates the film to Shaikh Mohammad

There are two parts to the film - one is a view from above the clouds, second half is below the clouds

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He has the dream and the passion, so he has done it. An Indian national but a resident of Dubai has released a time-lapse film dedicated to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He titled the film with ‘Imagine Dubai’ and a part of it was shared by Emirates airline on its Twitter handle on Friday. The full version is available on YouTube.

The film supposed to be a love-letter to the emirate. The time-lapse highlights several parts of Dubai covered with clouds. Dubai’s city lights shine brightly from the Burj Khalifa all the way to the Creek. In the film, the Sheikh Zayed Road, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Marina and Dubai Canal can be seen as landmarks.

29-year-old Indian national Sachin Ramdas created the film who works as a software engineer for Emirates.

“I was inspired to do (the film) after reading a quote by Sheikh Mohammed: ‘They say the sky is the limit for ambition, but we say the sky is only the beginning.’ After reading the quote, I wanted to show Dubai rising above the clouds.” said the filmmaker.

“There are two parts to the film – one is a view from above the clouds, and the second half is below the clouds. The city is beautiful from both angles”, he added.

Sachin said Imagine Dubai was his biggest project to date. It is the product of 150,000 images and over two years of filming. The film captures the stunning transformation of the city; it shows the world how Sheikh Mohammed envisioned the city of Dubai and passionately pursued that vision until it became real.

“The film is also a salute to the Dubai Ruler’s 50 years of service to the UAE”, Sachin said.

Sachin, who’s been in Dubai since he was one, said he feels “completely at home” in the emirate. “I never felt like an outsider in the UAE and I like to call it my home”. He said he has ‘one great wish’: To show his film to Sheikh Mohammed.

“Being recognised by Sheikh Mohammed is my only desire from this work.” He said.

the authorSamra Mazhar