Hello everyone! I am honored and excited to let you all know that one of my images from the Empty Quarter or Rub’ al Khali in Abu Dhabi has made it to Apple’s award winning World Gallery #ShotOniPhone6 Campaign. The first use was in a Spanish travel magazine called De Viajes, it went on sale last June 24th. I cannot wait to see it on billboards around the globe soon!

I ask each one of you to help me look for my image, may it be on print or outdoor, by taking a photo and sending it to my email: hello@debbiefortes.com. I will update this entry every now and then by putting up the photos you guys took along with credits.

Am looking forward to seeing all the photos taken by you from all over the world. Thank you!

The Empty Quarter, Abu Dhabi UAE. Part of Apple's World Gallery
The Empty Quarter, Abu Dhabi UAE. Part of Apple’s World Gallery


Recently Discover UAE, a project based Instagram account aiming to explore United Arab Emirates, held their first instameet/instawalk in Qasba located in the Emirate of Sharjah.

“Qasba – 10,0000-acre project including a 1 km-long man-made canal and 60m high observation wheel, it was made open for the public in 2005. It includes Masrah Al Qasba, a theatre, the Maraya Art Centre, the Multaqa Al Qasba meetings and conference centre and a children’s Fun Zone. The project, managed by the Al Qasba Development Authority (an affiliate of Shurooq) has an architectural design including pedestrian bridges, boats, and lagoons. It attracted two million visitors in 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)”

I am very happy to have returned and explored around this place again with other fellow Instagrammers/Instafriends.

Here are some of the photos I took of Qasba and its tunnel and gorgeous mirror like canal.

PS: i just learned how to create a watermark on photoshop hehe.. 🙂

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Small Town Called Al Rams

We arrived at around 4 in the morning. It was 13 degrees Celsius. Too chilly for me and too early for the fishermen to start their day. The small village is called Al Rams, in Ras Al-Khaimah. As we waited patiently, my friends and I  scouted the whole place, looking for a good location to take photos. I have never been a landscape photographer but the place was screaming long exposure shots, lol! Good thing I brought my tripod. I checked my phone to see what time the sun will rise, it says 7AM. Soon enough, the fishermen started to come around to the fishing area one after the other.

We were greeted with warm smiles and offered us to have some Karak chai. Even the local men who are inhabiting the place are friendly and welcoming. What I like about the place was everything that I don’t usually see in Dubai. The simplicity of their daily lives and the calmness of their village made me realized that life is short not to appreciate these basic things around us.

Slow down, breathe and start again.

Here are some of my captured moments in Al Rams. Hope you all have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Here’s to another year of photography 🙂

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North Emirates Roadtrip

I have been meaning to update my blog for days now. But i was down with a flu and am just beginning to recover from it. I wanna thank Sia’s song Chandelier and Kiesza’s Hideaway which is on repeat and helped me get pumped while i was editing some photos from my last photowalk.  (I listen to some mainstream songs once in a while, sorry not sorry!) I think i have never mentioned before that I don’t know how to use Photoshop. My workflow is currently on Lighroom. I did some attempts to learn PS, by the way. My friends/colleagues who has been very supportive and offer their help. Thanks for their undying support and love! But one thing that is taking me aback is probably not having a proper laptop. Its a bit of a challenge, knowing that I need to post process millions of photos. So every other week i try to bring home my office lappy (I know am not supposed to) to edit some photos and update my blog.

About last week, 5 of us Instagrammers based in Dubai and Sharjah planned a road trip to Umm Al Quwain. Originally, we planned go to Umm Al Quwain and we ended up going to @amran.abdulla favorite spot at the Gulf of Oman. It is basically an ocean between UAE and Oman. The hidden spot is in Fujairah, Al Aqqa Beach to be exact. The beach was a breath of fresh air especially after a very long drive and occasional stops along the way (very humid at that time, mind you). Here are some of my photos taken on Al Dhaid-Sharjah Highway and Al Aqqa Beach. Enjoy! Ciao 🙂


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