Polly Tootal

This project explores the people who make up the large and ever growing workforce of The UAE, building the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Far from these new cities, dusty labour camps are now home to communities of men from across the developing world hoping to make a better life for those they leave behind. They are brought together by chance but without family around them, their shared experience bring close bonds of friendship.

The Hands That Built This City



Polly Tootal is an award winning photographer specialising in portraiture and industrial landscape photography.
Her graphic compositions are a contradiction between the vulnerability of the human experience and the vastness of the industrial world.

Clients: Huawei, XBox, Confused.com, Stella Artois, ACNE, Air France, LVMH, BBC, Monocle, Telegraph Magazine, Etihad Airlines & Nespresso