When Nick Hannes (b. 1974, Belgium) set out to document the exclusive, proudly decadent epitome of consumerism that is Dubai, access was denied in many places. The reputation of the party capital must always be preserved. Fortunately, in Garden of Delight, Hannes still manages to make the emptiness of luxury painfully visible. When a city changes this rapidly based on entertainment and tourism, authenticity and tradition are the first victims. There is no place for traditional values when 90% of the population are expats. It has turned into one big amusement park: the Coliseum and the Eiffel Tower are shamelessly rebuilt next to each other. Dubai is a capsule of wealth rising out of the desert.