Sand artist turns Dubai beaches into canvas

STORY: In the early hours of the morning, Nathaniel Alapide heads to a beach in Dubai and waits for the perfect low tide to start outlining his next masterpiece on the flat and wet sand surface.

Calling it a “morning prayer,” Nathaniel discovered his sand art talent back in 2014, when he decided to draw a family tree on a beach as a tribute to his late grandmother.

"I would create something for like three or four hours and then when the water starts going up, it erases it or it takes it away as well. I like the ephemeral nature to it. It reminds you a lot about life," said Nathaniel.

The 44-year-old artist, who was once an aquarist, turned his hobby of creating sand art into a full-time occupation as he takes on art commissions from hotels.

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