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Miramar Al Aqah- weekend getaway to Fujairah!

My husband and I love a good weekend trip. Love the long drive (ok, two hours isn’t that long, but it’s still enjoyable), the scenic views of the desert and mountains of the UAE. We tend to go away every two months or so for a weekend somewhere. The best part of living in the UAE has to be the fact that the different Emirates have such beautiful (and reasonably priced!) resorts just an hour and a half away from Dubai. We love heading to Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, and have stayed at a few resorts there.

But this past weekend, we went to Fujairah and stayed at the beautiful Miramar AL Aqah Beach Resort. 

We found a groupon for it, which included a one night stay, with suhoor and iftar (since it is Ramadan right now.) We headed out around 12 AM from Dubai, and reached around 230 PM. We really weren’t expecting it to be too busy, but it was a FULL HOUSE. Regardless, check in was a breeze and we headed to our room right away. Since it was fully booked, the rooms with the King bed were completely booked and we got the room with two full beds that were joined together, so it really wasn’t a big deal. The room was clean and neat, spacious, bathroom was modern and had a waterfall shower head (i am a sucker for a waterfall shower!), and the balcony was quite large with a table and chairs.

We stayed in during the day, since we were fasting and it was quite hot that day, around 44*C/111*F. We hung out, watched some TV,  and then decided to check out the resort. It has its own private beach, a giant pool, jacuzzi area, lounge chairs everywhere to hang out, and an area to do sign up and do some water sports and activities! It had quite a lot of options for keeping yourself busy during the day. After roaming around, we had about an hour until iftar time, so we headed back to our room to get ready and head to the restaurant.

The dinner menu was crazy, there were so many fantastic options, with an Arabic menu. There was salads and veggies and fruits, plenty of bread and sauce options. There was a grill of Iranian shish tawook and kabab, and a shawarma station, which was exciting because I love shawarma! The other dishes were plentiful and delicious, and the dessert options were even better. Let’s just say I might have eating alllll the cream puffs… Overall, we ate to our hearts content and left feeling very satisfied. 

I took pictures of the dessert over the actual dinner and food…..

Afterwards, we headed down to the beach to take a walk and sit at the Bahari Club on the beach and enjoyed some sheesha and relaxed. And enjoyed the views of the pool all still and calm and lit up.

When we returned to our room, we hung out, watched some movies and then ordered our suhoor around 2:00 am. They delivered it right away. It was from a prefixed menu, of omelettes, fresh fruit, labneh, yogurt, dates, fresh orange juice, bread basket, and other little items. It was a lot for two people, use they delivered each option per person, so we were STUFFED. It was such a great suhoor menu.

Honestly, we had such a wonderful stay. We’re thinking of returning in the cooler months, like October, and it’ll be less packed with tourists and not as scorching hot. Definitely would recommend to check this place out for a vacation or a quick weekend trip!


Is it okay?

Is it okay to feel sad all the time- even if you have someone who loves you? even if you have every reason to feel happy? I have been haunted by this great feeling of sadness the past few months. My brain won’t shut off the crazy thoughts. I overthink everything, I doubt myself, I doubt when I feel happy. I wonder why people like me, why they don’t like me. I worry over nothing.

Everyone thinks I’m happy. I tell them I am. I tell myself I’m happy.

Yet, deep down I know I’m not happy.

I’m lonely. I’m sad. I want to cry all the time. I don’t know why.

I have a great husband. He loves me so much. He does everything to make me happy. He comforts me and spends time with me, and buys me ice cream whenever I want (major plus). Yet, I still feel sad. This sadness has nothing to do with him, it’s just that I don’t feel happy with myself. Am I good enough for him to be with? Am I pretty enough? Do I take care of him well enough? Why is he with me?

When I go out, I wonder- is everyone wondering why this girl is always sitting by herself? Always on her phone? Never smiling? I want friends here in Dubai, but it feels impossible to make friends and start over. I’ve gotten more social anxiety. It takes everything I have in me to get up and get ready for the day. Sometimes I don’t even bother getting out of bed until mid day.

Living overseas and away from my home, I obviously get homesick for New York. I love Dubai, and all that the city has to offer me. But I always miss my friends and the good times we had, always up to no good and our shenanigans. I see them when I go home once a year (obviously impossible to travel back and forth constantly from Dubai to New York.) I wonder if they feel happy that I’m not there? Do they even miss me? Do they think about me? We can’t communicate constantly because of the time difference, and I always end up withdrawing from conversations, because I feel like since I’m not there, I’m not wanted in the conversation. I have nothing to say anymore. I don’t share much, because I feel like I’m bothering everyone. Why do I feel like this?

I get sick from these thoughts. I feel like I’m dying on the inside. I don’t want that feeling. I want to feel happy. I want the bad thoughts to go away.

Am I the only one who feels like this?

I don’t know what I want, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know.

Is that okay?

love always, lala.