A Photowalk in Fujairah

If you know me personally, you may know that I am not a big explorer of this country I live in. I still get judged by people whenever I tell them that I haven’t been to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi or the Miracle Garden in Dubai. Hell, I haven’t even experienced a Desert Safari Tour.

I cannot explain it but I have been living here for almost three and a half year yet I have a lot of items to cross out from my “an-expat-living-in-Dubai” list. But I have added this in my new year’s resolution, to go out and explore more of the country I call home, for now, the United Arab Emirates. So when I learned that @foto.uae, in collaboration with Fujifilm Middle East, was hosting a photowalk to Fujairah, one of the seven emirates of this country, I sure did not want to miss it.

April 21st, a Saturday, a group of creatives, photographers and content creators from the UAE came together for this road trip consisted of two buses. Fujifilm was kind enough to let us try their cameras and I got an XT-20 with a 15-45mm kit lens. We left Dubai around 12 noon and did a stopover somewhere on the way for a bathroom break and to grab some snacks.

And then, when we reached Fujairah, we went straight to Photo Cafe Restaurant which hosted lunch for everyone and where Fujifilm conducted workshops. 

All attendees have also received goodie bags from @fa9la.ae which was my favourite part because there were postcards inside that go with my personal collection. 

After lunch, we moved to Fujairah Central Market which is one of the best markets I have been to so far, in my opinion. I think Fujairah, away from the tourist hotspots and expat residents (compared to other emirates like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah) showcases this authentic, raw, foreign feeling that you don’t really feel when you live in Dubai, atleast for most parts of the city.

While I was taking photos, a local approached me speaking pure Arabic, which never happened to me in Dubai, – I was not sure what he was saying exactly but I think he was curious about this large group of people with cameras taking photos – all I was able to say was “Mafi malum” which literally means “I don’t know” but what I was really trying to say was “I don’t understand” 😅

Anyway, here are the rest of my photos, all taken with the camera Fujifilm has lent me.

We’re in the second quarter of the year and I am very excited what more I will be able to witness in this country.

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