Waleed Shah

Photographer | Creative Thinker | Entrepreneur

Hi there. So you’ve made it this far and want to know a little about me. You’re probably expecting some really well-thought-out tagline about how I can bring your vision to life at a reasonable budget, right? Well, that doesn’t do much, so let me tell you my story.

I live in the United Arab Emirates, born and raised here actually. The first thing everyone asks is usually where I’m from and I never answer that on our first date. I might tell you over a cup of coffee later though. I’m a Chemical Engineer by education, started my career working in the oil industry, and slowly discovered my love for photography. I’ve had the opportunity to work with the finest establishments in the industry, talented local artists and international legends passing through the UAE, and some of the coolest brands out there. I hate to name drop in conversation so there’s a client list on my home page. My journey got recognized by Fujifilm Middle East and I am honored to call myself an Official Fuji-X-Photographer.

I’ve started a series titled “Rock Your Ugly – A middle finger to toxic beauty standards”, which explores the intersection between physical and mental health through a series of portraits and stories. The series is now a globally published book. After that, I went on to make fun of societal norms with a project titled “Magazine Cover“. I then went on to shoot portraits of freelancers and entrepreneurs to help them navigate the economic downturn post-COVID Pandemic under a project titled “Mowjood“.

That’s me in a nutshell. I do urge you to get in touch with me regardless of how big or small your project is or even if you’ve just got an idea that you want to kick around. I’d love to talk.

Phone: +971 50 6142063
Email: [email protected]


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    These are general interviews. For project-specific ones got to Rock Your Ugly, Mowjood, or Magazine Cover.

    Lovin’ Dubai

    Bucke Up with Big Hass

    RESET talks with Omar Al Duri

    Podcast with CREATE

    Emma Brain on Vuuzle

    Millenial Mirrors

    The Dukkan Show


    Working with Waleed is always a great experience. He has a lot of knowledge about natural light, and his use of locations is examplar. But most importantly, he is not afraid of trying new things. We always share ideas, methods, and work together towards getting a better result. There is no bad weather with him. He is always up for a new challenge.

    Thiago Neves

    Creative Lead – OneTeam FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automotive)

    It was great working with Waleed. He was able to connect with the subject and reflect the emotions of the moment through his creative photography.


    Marketing Team

    Waleed is a photographer who understands the requirements of the brand but adds his creativity to it and fully dedicates himself to the job. Very professional, fun and easy to work with and 100% reliable.

    Karen Weibrecht

    Audi Middle East

    Working with Waleed Shah has been nothing but PROFESSIONAL. I believe booking a photographer like Waleed who for sure will give you great results but I think what makes him unique is his ability to “UNDERSTAND” your event, your conference, your project and be able to snap those pictures based on that which automatically leads to amazing results. His ability to snap a “moment” , a “Vibe” is so important and I think this is why he’s one of the best photographers in the region, not to mention his “SUPER FAST” delivery that is “On the spot”. Very easy to work with, professional and over-all a kick ass dude! Thank You

    Hassane “Big Hass” Dennaoui

    Radio Host/Blogger/Host of Buckle Up Show

    Waleed Shah is the best performance photographer in the business!


    Living Performing Arts Producer and Presenter – New York City

    Been booking Waleed for over a year and a half for all our weekly events at Stereo Arcade. He’s by the far the most professional photographer we ever worked with. The photos he takes are just unbelievable. He’s talented, always on time and great fun to work with.


    Marketing Manager – Stereo Arcade

    House of comms would like to extend it’s appreciation to Waleed for the excellent and professional service we received whilst shooting the Emarat Brand campaign. It was a great collaborative journey and his passion and creativity were fantastic. Overall, it was a great experience and we would highly recommend Waleed for his skills and flexibility.

    Carl Geriner

    House of Comms

    Waleed is one of the first names I reach out to when we have job which needs creativity, passion and professionalism. He’s a pleasure to work with and we can trust the results


    Red Bull

    Had an amazing experience working with Waleed. He is talented, hard-working and most importantly extremely communicative and reliable. 5 stars!


    Internation Epic Photographer

    Waleed’s work ethic is commendable. Being able to shoot and deliver every other day is insane.

    Aqib Anwar

    Photographer @gibsterg

    Waleed you are an awesome person in many many ways! It’s just amazing how many people you inspire and along with it your so grounded, focused, fun and so professional!

    Lisa Lazarus

     MA Models

    Waleed makes the camera sing. Watching him do his work is poetry in motion. He has captured me in the most compromising situations while holding onto great composition, lighting and sharpness. He has the eye of Sauron, that sees things that our regular vision will never be able to grasp. A king in his own right, who can capture portraits, concerts, products, landscapes, you name it, with great style and effortlessness.


     Sound Gaarden

    Your lifestyle pictures captured the electric atmosphere at our reception for our Special Olympians and their Families. The athletes enjoyment was palpable and the highpoints of the evening were all featured. We also appreciate your dedication to providing a quick turnaround for the final products. Finally, may we thank you for the easy and regular communication in the weeks leading up to our event. Thanks to your excellent work, both our staff and our guests had a memorable night. We will not hesitate to recommend you or to consider using your services for our future events.

    Masud Husain

    Embassador of Canada to the UAE

    Waleed Shah’s photography captures the spirit of performances at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi with the eye of a true artist. His work goes far beyond merely documenting the event, and brings a unique artistic perspective that results in iconic images


    Executive Artistic Director – New York University Abu Dhabi

    I had the pleasure of being photographed by this gentleman a few times during the the times I’ve performed here in Dubai. I use the word “pleasure” because Waleed has an unusual knack for capturing the true nature of his subject while somehow knowing what the subject wants to see in him/herself in a photograph. Such talent is not only attributed to mere intuition. It is a gift and a clear sign of self/general awareness; a quality that I find is paramount to the success and well being of any human being on this earth.



    Waleed Shah’s photography is more than outstanding. He has worked with us at some of the biggest events in the region, and the quality he delivers deserves high praise, and is why we only use his services for all of our performances.


    Managing Director – The Boxtones

    Waleed’s attention to detail is second to none, but perhaps more impressive is his ability to fully embody a project. He is frighteningly creative, and has a unique ability to bring out the best in whatever he points his lens towards.

    Hasan Malik