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I wish everyone a Happy New Year 2009.
#63 on Explore on 2009-02-01.
I want to dedicate this shot to the memory of Roba Ayoub. She just passed away a few days ago in a tragic building collapse at the age of 25.
When I moved to Dubai about a year ago, Roba asked me how I was doing in “Dubai Om El-Donia” (an Arabic metaphor which literally means: “the mother of the world”. It’s originally an old figure of speech about Egypt due to its 7000 year-old history.
It made me laugh. It was typical of Roba and her bubbly (and sometimes obnoxious) sense of humor. I’ve been using that metaphor ever since when ever I talk about Dubai.
I shot about 200 pics of Dubai’s New Year’s Eve fireworks in a span of 15 minutes. For some reason this is the only shot that was all Roba. She was fiery in her attitude; loud in her talk; unique in her laugh; and last but not least, she burnt the quickest.
Roba, we pray for you. We talk about you, and you’ll always be a part of our lives.
Happy new year 2008!