Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Time is the longest distance between two places.” Tennessee Williams

Between, a simple word open for interpretation by bloggers for this weeks photo challenge. The brief stated: Capture something in the middle of two things. It can be a person or object, or simply the space in between. It can also be a feeling or relationship — a bond that connects people, or a space that separates. This word might also reflect a choice you need to make — the challenge of choosing one thing over another — or any kind of transition, from childhood to adulthood, single life to married life, day to night.

The mainland of Abu Dhabi is linked to its ‘off island’ areas by a series of three bridges, Musaffah Bridge, the central Maqta Bridge and the newer architectural feat that is Sheikh Zayed Bridge. All three bridges sit between the two areas of land that collectively make up the capital and they all offer direct traffic routes and access. The area between Maqta and Musaffah bridges is known as ‘Between the Bridges’ (Bain Al Jesrain in Arabic), a previously less developed area of desert scrub land adjacent to Maqta Creek opposite the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This area has seen rapid development over the past few year with residential villas and the construction of the Shangri-La, Traders and Fairmont hotels as well as Souk Qaryat Al Beri, all of which have put the area firmly on the map.

IMG_5640The view from Sheikh Zayed bridge across to Maqta Bridge and the ‘Between the Bridges’ area

My selection of photos show the Sheikh Zayed Bridge (below) and views from it across the ‘Between The Bridges’ area with Maqta Bridge (above) in the foreground and Musaffah Bridge in the distance. The last photo shows the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque that sits on the opposite side of the creek.

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Named after former president and founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the 842 meter long curved bridge has been called the most intricate bridge ever constructed. As well as striking architecture, the bridge has a dynamic and colourful lighting design that flows across the bridge’s spine.

IMG_5634Maqta Fort located at the start of the Maqta Bridge on the way to the mainland

IMG_5635The double Maqta Bridge, one of the three gateways between the mainland and the ‘off island’ areas of Abu Dhabi

DSC09332The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque sits on one side of  Maqta Creek.

All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2014. All rights reserved.