Noor Ali Rashid was a witness to history who in fact became part of it. He passed away two days ago in Dubai and his funeral was held today at the Al Quoz Cemetery, a humble burial ground for many of the city's residents. Local Emiratis and expatriates walked together in the funeral procession to pay their final respects to a legendary photographer and give their condolences to the Rashid family. As would only be appropriate, there were several photographers mulling about trying to get the perfect shot of the rituals and prayers.
2.5 million photos throughout his career. Many of the most salient snapshots were displayed at a special exhibition last year and hopefully will be on display once again in tribute to him. Some can be found on the Gulf News website by clicking here. They range from images of icons including Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Yasser Arafat, Queen Elizabeth, Gemal Abdel Nasser, Bill Clinton and the list goes on in an endless fashion. Even more amazingly are the pictures taken of the locations of where Sheikh Zayed Road and the now bountiful buildings of Dubai are, but when the land was just desert. Rashid himself had a personal and close relationship with many individuals from the royal family (as seen from the picture here) that gave him tremendous access.