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Photo credit: Oceanic's Facebook page

Photo credit: Oceanic’s Facebook page

“After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

No, I did not feel that way, although Mr. Grahame did make me laugh out loud. But if I were to be really honest, there is perhaps some truth in that; that last few hours at work before your planned break, when you are already mentally on vacation feeling all excited while everyone else is still going to be busy…

Our Weekend Drive to Fujairah

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We left on a Friday afternoon and reached Fujairah in less than two hours specially since there was no traffic. The highways are wide and well-built, like most of the roads here in the U.A.E, with speed limit set to 120 km/hr so that driving was a breeze. Plus, the highway snakes between mountains so it’s a rather scenic drive as well.

Oceanic Resort and Spa

Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort and Spa is owned by Sharjah Islamic Bank and managed by Sharjah National Hotels Group, a specialist in hotel and resort operations. The luxury resort offers an idyllic escape set on a pristine beach of the UAE’s picturesque East Coast, tucked away in the coastal town of Khorfakkan. It is a little over an hour drive from Dubai and Sharjah international airports; only 20 minutes from Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.

Parking and Check-In

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There is a huge lot allocated for covered parking, so whenever you come there’s always a secure space for your car. Alternately, you can opt for valet parking.

Check-in is a breeze! The staff at the reception is friendly and helpful.

Rooms and View: Go for the Panoramic Suite!

This suite is the best in the hotel.

The Panoramic Suite Mountain view or Sea View—prime location in the corners of the hotel—has separate bedroom (with a king size bed) and living areas. There’s a TV, a desk with some stationery, a hair dryer, in-room safe, a bathrobe, slippers, and extra pillows.

bedroom oceanic resort

oceanic resort

The living area features 2 seater sofa and arm chair with dining table for 4 people, 42 inches LED TV, Wi-Fi Access, Non-alcoholic mini-bar (yay!), tea and coffee making facilities. You’ll also receive complimentary fruits on the dining table.

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fruits

Oceanic’s 360º Health Club and Spa

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gym facilities in oceanic resort

Working out while facing and taking in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains! You’ll want to come here often while staying in this resort.

spa in fujairah

spa in oceanic

Oceanic has a very good spa that I would recommend every guest to try out. Looking at the list, it is obvious that their treatment menu is inspired ingredients of the ocean.

An example is the Contouring Massage (60 mins for 320 AED) that is a massage treatment designed to help eliminate fat and cellulite by refining the silhouette and contouring those stubborn areas, whilst lying down and drifting in the marine world of phytoceane products.

Then there’s the Marine Softness (60 mins 320 AED) that is a facial designed for sensitive and reactive skins. It reduces redness and restores the skin’s defense system to help protect against external aggressions. The complete treatment from start to finish is a journey of coolness and calmness leaving not only your skin but your mind in a state of tranquility.

I’m definitely going back for a couple of spa treatments myself!

Iftar Buffet at Al Murjan

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One of the most calm and enjoyable iftar I have ever had in a restaurant. Al Murjan has huge glass windows that overlooks the ocean, the white beach, and also the swimming pool. A portion of the dining area is separated from the buffet counters by two large aquariums that help keep children occupied!

The food is delicious with just the right amount of variety to keep you from getting overwhelmed after an entire day of fasting.

This is also the very restaurant where I met one of Dubai’s blogger that I admire and follow: Kero’s Celebration. It was quite a surprise actually. I’ve been following Kero’s blog for quite sometime now but hadn’t met her in person yet. It was actually her son that I recognized first! I walked over to her table, interrupted their family meal, and introduced myself. Lovely people, I must say!

Fancy some privacy? Book a villa instead.

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Watching the sun rise from the hotel room window

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rising sun in fujairah

Overall Impression:

Masood and I are highly impressed and would definitely recommend this resort for a relaxing and fun weekend. The place is ideal for families. There’s so much to do in the resort besides swimming and having spa treatments. You can go diving, have a boat ride, go parasailing, and have BBQ at the terrace of your villa.

For an easy and fast booking, click here for Oceanic’s new and interactive website. You can also call them at +971 9 2385111.

I was a guest at the resort, however all opinions and views are mine.

 

 

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iftar radisson blu dubai

One of the several things to enjoy here in the U.A.E. during Ramadan is having Iftar −either at someone’s home (if you are visiting and have Muslims friends living in the UAE, get yourself invited!) or at restaurants throughout the country. One such place that I’d recommend is Radisson Blu in Deira, Dubai.

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Various types of dates from different countries.

For those who are unaware, iftar refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset. We abstain from taking both food and during from sunrise to sunset. Traditionally, we break our fast by having a few dates and a glass of water or juice.

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Radisson Blu has transformed it’s entire second floor to make place for a grand iftar. Each corner represents a place and highlights food from that place. It’s a great way to sample cuisine from different countries in the same evening!

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The longest queue was at Asia — people lined up patiently to try the crispy Peking duck rolls cooked to order with cucumber with leek with homemade hoi sin sauce; as well as Chinese Dim Sum and sushi.

Then there’s this guy who will cook up stir-fried noodles for you, exactly the way you like your noodles to be!

live cooking station

arabian iftar

bread basket

Shawarma station

Shawarma station

The Mediterranean Arabic station offers salads and Mezzeh followed by a choice of main courses. Persian live stations offers guests cold and hot starters and hot buffet including kebabs and a selection of Iranian rice.

And there’s bread freshly out of the tandoor:

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Fresh vegetables on display

Fresh vegetables on display

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The International section assorted dishes like chicken in white sauce, chicken lasagna, etc.

Aseelah, experience authentic Emirati cuisine soon!

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I loved the Emirati food that Radisson Blu had to offer. The food is sort of a preview for the restaurant named ‘Aseelah’. I’m told the opening date could be later this year, around November.

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The dessert station features Fudge Cake, Fruit Cake, Vanilla Mousse Cake, and Tarts, Pastry Chef special Mini Cakes, Arabic sweets, assorted ice cream and fresh fruits.

Iftar Buffet at Radisson Blue

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The buffet is priced at Dhs 149 per person inclusive of soft drinks and special Ramadan juices.

Hours of operation: From Iftar – 11:00 pm

For bookings and information, please call 04 – 205 7333/7444  or book directly through their website www.diningdubaicreek.com.   

Valet parking is available. There are also prayer rooms for both men and women.

Give to charity and save 20%

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek joins forces with Beit Al Khair Society in order to give something back to the under privileged sections of UAE society by requesting donations in the form of gifts, clothes or food items. In return for donations the hotel will offer a 20% on its Iftar offering.

 

I was invited for the Iftar buffet, but opinions and views expressed here are my own.

 

 

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foodpanda click donate

مَّن ذَا الَّذِي يُقْرِضُ اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا فَيُضَاعِفَهُ لَهُ أَضْعَافًا كَثِيرَةً وَاللَّهُ يَقْبِضُ وَيَبْسُطُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ

“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.” Qur’an, 2:245

Step up your sadaqah, specially during Ramadan.

While most of us are blessed to have a generous spread on the table all throughout the year, there are so many who are struggling to have one decent meal each day. Fortunately, there is always something we can do to help. Alhumdulillah, people who I personally know have been very generous this year and are a great inspiration to me.

There are countless ways to give to charity and help those in need, based on one’s own capacity. One of the several initiatives out there that I really love is called Click Donate. I like how simple, convenient and speedy the process is. And this is the reason why I am sharing this campaign with you. 

What is this Click Donate campaign?

Click Donate is an online charity program launched by foodpanda.pk, an online food-ordering platform in Pakistan. You donate online and your charity is utilized to put together ration bags that are distributed to the less privileged. The ration bags contain daily consumer products such as flour, rice, tea, and cooking oil, etc.

How does Click Donate work?

It’s really simple. You log into the foodpanda.pk website or mobile app and select from three ration bag categories: Rs.1000, Rs.1825 and Rs.2890. A TCS Connect representative will arrive at your door step to collect the cash and hand you a certificate from foodpanda as a token of appreciation.

TCS Connect will support foodpanda by providing logistical support; collecting donations door to door nationwide and delivering the payments to the Orange Tree Foundation, who will in turn distribute ration bags to deserving families.

How to donate if you don’t live in Pakistan:

Unfortunately, this campaign currently only works for residents of Pakistan. However, if you have family or friends living in Pakistan, you can send them the money and kindly ask them to donate on your behalf. I’m sure they’ll be happy to oblige.

Donate online and bring happiness to a deserving family’s table!

The program will run throughout the month of Ramadan.

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