Volleyball in Abu Dhabi: 11 monochrome photos of farm workers playing a friendly match in the desert

The National's photographer Antonie Robertson stumbled across the impromptu contest

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While driving down the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid highway on his way to downtown Abu Dhabi one gloomy day, The National's photographer Antonie Robertson spotted a group of farm workers and labourers, who hail from Pakistan and India, playing an impromptu game of volleyball on a desolate patch of desert in Shahama.

They had set up a pitch next to the road that takes drivers between the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The men, who were playing with bare feet, although busy with the game, kindly allowed Robertson to take these monochrome shots of their friendly match.

Look through our gallery above to see more of the black and white images.


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