Staycation with Sheraton Dubai Creek

Situated along Dubai Creek in the heart of Deira. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotels and Towers first opened its door to the tourists and expats in 1978 as one of the 5-star hotels in Dubai.

View from my room

Each room and suite have its one of a kind overlooking views of the famous creek, historical Dubai and the city skyline.

Guests who are booked to Junior Suite will automatically have an access to the hotel’s Club Lounge.

And if you are a fan of the old Dubai (like me), the pool area has an access to the nearby creek. You can rent bikes at the hotel or walk around and explore the area.

I arrived at the hotel and checked in at around 6pm. Tatiana, their Marketing Executive welcomed me and showed me around. And since I arrived late, Sheraton Dubai Creek gave me the latest check out time at 5pm, woohoo! It gave me more time to swim, yay!

I had my complimentary breakfast at Hatta All Day Dining. They serve regional and international breakfast and if you are an SPG member, you get 20% discount off.

Moving on to the highlight of my day – BRUNCH AT THE CREEK

Brunch at the Creek is every Friday from 12:30pm to 4pm and is located at Vivaldi By Alfredo Russo on Level L. The setting is Al Fresco with a breathtaking view of the Dubai creek and skyline. They serve a selection of Italian cuisine by Michelin-starred Alfredo Russo, a selection of Indian cuisine by Asiana and a selection of Japanese cuisine by Creekside.

Fun fact: Chef Andrea Russo goes around and offers risotto to all its guests.

Also, there’s an area for kids to play in case they’re in the mood to swing and slide while you enjoy your seafood pasta.

Below are the packages:

  • Soft packages: AED 169
  • House packages: AED 219
  • Premium packages: AED 269

Here are some of the images I took, ENJOY!

Additional details:

Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers

Baniyas Street

Tel: +971 4 228 1111

Bay Square Instameet

Hello! I am back again. This is officially my first post for this year – YAAY!

I have been hosting some instameets in Dubai. My weekends are spent in discovering new spots with local based Instagrammers and sharing it through my social media platforms such as here, on Instagram and on Facebook. Here is the recent one we did in Bay Square. I would like to thank each and every Instagrammer who woke up so early and joined me in exploring this side of Dubai. Also, thank you to the guys in La Brioche for being a rockstar and a life saver and for serving us the best breakfast  ever 🙂

So if you are based in UAE or just visiting, join us in the next adventure.

Enjoy my photo story 🙂

 

 

Gems Of Italia Meet

It was my first time to visit Umm Suqeim Fishing Harbour last weekend. I got an invite to join Herald Herrera‘s instameet with Peroni UAE for Gems Of Italia and I felt like the universe conspired and decided to make the weather and the place looked really magical specifically on that day! YAY FOR DUBAI WINTER! Also, we just discovered a hidden gem! Not sure what it is, but it looked like a Stonehenge – DXB version! Here are some of the photos taken by me. Enjoy!!

Special thanks to:

Joy Caasi

Rhie Lim

GenyVB

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My First SoleDXB Experience

So, it was my first time in Sole DXB and it didn’t fail my expectations, yaay! Here is my photo diary, hope you like them ❤

Where the talks are happening!
Where the talks are happening!

So many amazing and talented people all in one place and it LITERALLY BLEW MY MIND! Good music and great vibe courtesy of Uncle Jheff’s, thanks to DJ Cheriana for playing my jam – Digable Planet’s Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), lol – OLD SKOOL yo!

DJ Cheriana
DJ Cheriana

It was great catching up with old friends as well. You guys rock!

And meeting new friends, yaay! Below are the portraits of the most beautiful girls in SoleDXB! #GirlPower

 

More random photos.. 

Too bad, I wasn’t able to stay til the after party. I heard it was LIT! I wanna thank all these unforgettable individuals who allowed me to take their videos/photos and were patient with me and made sure I got my shots.

Also check out the short video I did!! Let me know your thoughts! << Click this or go to www.facebook.com/debbiefortesphoto. Don’t forget to leave some LOVE!

See you all next year! Peace! #SoleDXB

 

 

Rove Hotels

Listen up backpackers, urban explorers, young professionals, travellers and the like. We need to talk! So, there’s a new a hotel in Dubai and I have been meaning to visit Rove Hotels in Downtown Dubai for such a long time since I have heard about its opening a few months ago. Rove Hotels is a collab between the leading global property developers in UAE – Emaar and Meraas. They will soon open their next hotels in Jafiliya and Deira, adopting its design and interiors to its environment. The downtown one is its first. The awesome thing about it is the concept, the new clashes beautifully with the old. It is urban contemporary with a twist of arabesque interior. It is hip, young and trendy – you will find so many hashtags on the wall, stationaries, pens, paper cups, etc., living up to its millenial image. Atworks and paintings done by local artists can be seen everywhere and just before you take the lift on your left side is the locker area, where you can leave your stuff while you roam around the city and collect it before your flight or before u leave the city. Parking is very spacious.

I am a big fan of huge spaces and windows, white walls and minimalism. The moment I stepped in their hotel, I told myself – this is it, I can identify to it immediately!

It offers a lot of cool new features and amenities, such as the Noor Alhaya Laundry, it is a 24 hour self service laundromat – the first of its kind here in Dubai. It made me want to hang and chill in this room. So good, it made me visited it twice. Also, it smells so good and clean!

On the Mezzanine Floor –  you will find their unique, fresh and colorful meeting rooms. Following their concept of self service, the meeting rooms can be arranged by yourselves according to the setup that suits you best.

The Pitstop is an area where you can have your casual meeting or just hang with your colleagues and work together.

The prayer rooms are on this floor as well as their swimming area and the gym.

I was booked in a 01 Rover room for one night. The room was clean and simple and it had a huge window but get this – my room’s view was really spectacular! It was facing the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. WiFi is also free. So, if you ever feel like exploring around downtown, this hotel is the best choice for it!

The Daily is the place to be when you need to unwind and dine. I highly recommend their best seller, The Energizer – their green and refreshing smoothie packed with energy boosting celery and green apple. Also, this is where The Bench Brunch happens every weekend, AED 99 per person.

 

As their tagline goes, “There’s no place like ROVE.”

 

For more info, contact ROVE HOTELS at:

Tel. no: +971 4 561 9000

Email: info@rovehotels.com

Follow them on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rovehotels/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rovehotels/ 

Website: http://www.rovehotels.com

Visit Ras Al Khaimah

June 23, 2016

I had the privilege to be invited by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority team to experience their sumptuous and delightful variety of tasty Arabian dishes, desserts and refreshing Ramadan drinks at the Al Marjan tent situated in the heart of Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah last June 23th.

I live in Dubai and I still don’t have my own driver’s license so I asked them kindly if they can arrange a pick up and drop off for me which they happily did. I was picked up by RAK and SUN at exactly 5:30pm, in Dubai. We arrived in Al Marjan tent just a bit early for Iftar. The tent was set up in a traditional arabesque way. Gorgeous Ramadan lantern on top of the middle isle of the tent. The best part was the traditional entertainers, playing oud  and adding that middle eastern vibe, to top it all off. The ambience was perfect for those who will break their fast with their families and friends or simply dining out. Personally, I liked their lamb ouzi and their jalab 🙂 in short I had a food coma after stuffing my face with all the tasty food in front of me!

After the Iftar, I was invited to stay in Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort  for one night. I was welcomed at the hotel desk by their friendly staff, Rechid. He informed me everything about the facilities of the hotel and handed me a tourist map, mini guide of the hotel and a voucher for meal and even asked me if I wanted to book for a spa/massage for the next day. He gave me a free membership of Hilton Honors where you can earn rewards, free stays, endless destinations, exclusive stay benefits and more. Another hotel staff by the name of Joseph, helped me with my luggage to my room.

Lobby Lounge

June 24, 2016

Hilton Al Hamra itself is situated between the Arabian Peninsula and Hajar Mountains. Their luxurious rooms have the panoramic view of the sea. I was lucky that my hotel room was booked in one of them. I knew, I was in for a treat ❤

My view from my room
My view from my room
panoramic view from my room
panoramic view from my room

I had my breakfast and lunch at Al Shamal restaurant. They are serving international cuisine. Although I had an option to have my lunch in any outlets in the hotel such as the Al Jazeera (Lebanese cuisine), Le Chalet (light meals, a-la-carte specialties) and Scirocco (modern public house). I wanted to visit Trader Vic’s Mai Tai as well but they only open from 5pm. I should’ve stayed longer. Next visit, for sure I will!

 

I did an hour of Oriental Massage in their state of the art spa and it was the most relaxing thing I did during my stay. Many thanks to April for the rejuvenating massage, my sore and tensed muscles were all gone now. In the morning, I went to their private beach, caught some tan and enjoyed the cool water of Arabian Peninsula. I wished I could swim though 😦

The guests have the option of going to the pristine white sand of the resort’s private beach and or soak up the sun at the two temperature-controlled pool or in my case, I mostly stayed in their jacuzzi 🙂

I was also able to view their Presidential Suite, thanks to Alison for showing us around the hotel.

Presidential Suite
Presidential Suite
Presidential Suite
Presidential Suite

My stay will never be complete without the beautiful and friendly hotel staff and of course the General Manager of Hilton Al Hamra, Mr. Gherardi. I was treated like a QUEEN!

Everything you need for a staycation and a home a way from home is already here in Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort. Many thanks for having me. I highly recommend it to the tourists, expats and even the locals to visit Ras Al Khaimah whenever you are in the UAE and while your at it, stay and relax in Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort.

 

Panoramic view from Presidential Suite
Panoramic view from Presidential Suite

For more details/reservations, please call or get in touch:

Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort, Vienna Street, Al Jazira Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Telephone number: +971 7 244 6666

Fax Number: +971 7 244 6677

Email Address: reservations.hamra@hilton.com

Website: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/uae/hilton-al-hamra-beach-and-golf-resort-RKTAHHI/index.html

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hiltonalhamra/

 

 

TOBIAS

A beautiful person from inside and out.

Tobias is one half of the florist duo of Volet, bringing botanical bouquets and flowers to Dubai. He is half-Sudanese, half German, with a passion for Middle Eastern plants. He currently runs Volet, a florist shop on Sheikh Zayed Road. I met him during a photoshoot for Brownbook magazine. The issue will be out in May 2015.

Here are some of the photos I took of him.

For more info about Volet Dubai:
https://www.instagram.com/volet_dubai/
https://www.facebook.com/Volet-Dubai-1566564916956070/
http://volet.ae/

LINÉ

When I was young, my mum used to take me to ballet classes every weekend. I wasn’t a big fan of ballet back then. Mainly, because of the tights and skimpy ballet clothes. My boyish self couldn’t stand it, hehe. I remember we used to walk across a basketball court full of young boys who would stare endlessly at my outfit, ugh! That made me more conscious and shy. I started to miss my class until I totally stopped. Dancing and I didnt end up happily ever after, unfortunately. But dancing and dancers, up to now, still fascinates me. As they say, a dancer will always be a dancer.

Here is a series of photos I took of Liné Van Zyl. Thank you for allowing me to capture this beautiful moment of yours.

Debbie F. On Apple World Gallery

Hello again!

I guess this time you are all aware of my inclusion in Apple World Gallery #ShotOniPhone6. Wherein they picked photographers (pro and amateur) to be a part of this award winning campaign and the largest mobile photography gallery ever assembled to be featured in 70 cities in 25 countries through billboards and magazines in subways, highways and airports. It is an honor to be a part of it and I am so lucky to have met some of the Apple World Gallery photographers on Twitter and Instagram. Helping each other to look out for our images. I cannot thank my friends in real life and my instafriends enough for their undying support in helping me find my Apple image/billboard while they are on their holidays.

I would like to share some of the photos they have sent me and some photos I have screenshot on Twitter. If ever you see my image anywhere in the world, please do not hesitate to take a shot of it and send it over to me at hello@debbiefortes.com. I appreciate each and every one’s help and support! Peace! 🙂

 

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, USA

Manhattan, New York Photo Credit: Brand Cities
Manhattan, New York
Photo Credit: Branded Cities
Manhattan,New York Photo credit: Brand Cities
Manhattan,New York
Photo credit: Branded Cities
Manhattan, New York Photo credit: Yasmine Ferdjani
Manhattan, New York
Photo credit: Yasmine Ferdjani
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott

 

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Barcelona, Spain Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
A street across from Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain Photo taken by: Rula El Kaliouby
A street across from Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain
Photo taken by: Rula El Kaliouby

 

 

BERLIN, GERMANY

Berlin, Germany Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Berlin, Germany
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal

 

Berlin, Germany Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Berlin, Germany
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal

 

HAMBURG, GERMANY

Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha

 

FRANKFURT, GERMANY

Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal

 

LONDON, UK

Camden Town station, London Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Camden Town station, London
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK Photo credit: Robbie
Monument Station, London UK
Photo credit: Robbie
Somewhere in London Photo credit: Karen McLean
Somewhere in London
Photo credit: Karen McLean
Waterloo Station, London, UK Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Waterloo Station, London, UK
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Oxford Circus Station, London UK Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK
Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK
Photo credit: Jakub Mroz

 

PARIS, FRANCE

St. Lazare Station, Paris France Photo credit: Karen McLean
St. Lazare Station, Paris France
Photo credit: Karen McLean

 

ABU DHABI AND DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure Photo taken by: Altamash Javed
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure
Photo taken by: Altamash Javed
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure Photo credit: Me
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure
Photo credit: Me
Dubai Airport, Terminal 3, Arrivals Photo credit: Kriks Krikorian
Dubai Airport, Terminal 3, Arrivals
Photo credit: Kriks Krikorian

 

MUMBAI, INDIA

Mumbai, India Photo credit: Geet Rathi
Mumbai, India
Photo credit: Geet Rathi
Mumbai, India Photo credit: Internet
Mumbai, India
Photo credit: Internet

 

WASHINGTON, DC USA

Street Sense HQ Washington, DC USA Photo credit: Street Sense
Street Sense HQ
Washington, DC USA
Photo credit: Street Sense

 

AUSTRALIA

Men's Fitness Australia Photo taken by: Peter David
Men’s Fitness
Australia
Photo taken by: Peter David