Louisa Sumagui and her family wanted to spend the last moment of their 12 years in Dubai before returning to Australia after losing jobs in the tourism industry due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The moment was captured for Sumagui, her husband, and two children on a sun-drenched beach, courtesy of photographer Paula Hainey, who offers free photo sessions to some of the tens of thousands of expatriates leaving the United Arab Emirates.
"The majority of the families I have photographed are executives who have been laid off. They have lived in Dubai for 15 to 20 years, it is their life and they are sent home. But this is home," said Hainey towards Reuters.
The photographer, whose own business slowed down when weddings were canceled and people practiced social distancing, took 60 free shots and plans to add another 100.
Expats make up the majority of the UAE's population, including the Emirate of Dubai. The place of residence is tied to employment and the Arab Gulf State does not offer citizenship options to foreigners.
Dubai, a regional tourism and business center, was hit hard by the pandemic, although authorities recently lifted a curfew and lifted most restrictions, including permission for foreign visitors to enter the Emirate on July 7.
But many expatriates have no choice but to leave after losing their jobs, and for some the future is uncertain.
Muhammad, an airline pilot in the United Arab Emirates, returns to Egypt with his American wife, toddler and three-month-old son after his release.
The Egyptian compatriot Muhammad Shehata and his South African wife have not yet decided where to go after four years in Dubai. His attempt to start a business was hit by the pandemic.
"Unfortunately I don't have a chance to be here now, but I think we'll probably be back someday."
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