Hi all I'm going to spend my winter holidays in Dubai, mostly working but I have a couple of days off and also during daytime I should be mostly free. Guess what I'm planning to do with that free-time? That's right! Go nuts with my camera I have a couple of questions related to my gear but also to the locale and the customs. Any help is appreciated! 1) I don't have any weather-sealed equipment. Will the sand be a problem? I'm planning to take a tour to the deserts so this has me a little worried. Let's take the assumption that it's not going to rain. 2) Should I bring a back-up body? Thinking about the question number one.. 3) What can / should I take photographs of in the streets? How are the laws on public photography and how would people react to someone taking their picture? 4) Any suggestions for locales? I would love to get some cityscape photos (it's Dubai after all) but more than that I'm looking forward to taking a tour to the desert! The perfect scenario would be two trips, one early in the morning so that I could see the sun rise and other in the evening so I could see the sun set. But where should I go? I'm a student so money is pretty limited but somewhere between 50 and 80 euros for a trip is manageable if it gives me (at least the possibility to take) truly awesome photos I have googled a little, but if some-one has first-hand knowledge of good and mediocre tours it would be of great help! I will be free in the evenings only on 1.1.-3.1. 5) I don't have the EVF, but I'm pondering its purchase. Would it give me advantages on this trip? 6) Any other suggestions that come to mind? My gear for the trip: - Olympus E-P5 - P 14/2.5 - O 25/1.8 - O 45/1.8 - O 40-150/4-5.6 - Flash and other accessories The back-up body would be Olympus E-PL3. Should I take my stand also? It's pretty slim and light so it shouldn't be a problem to carry around, I'm just wondering whether I will need it at all. Maybe if I'm at the desert after sunset?