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6 Reasons To Try This New Hotel In Ras Al Khaimah

Acacia hotel review ras al khaimah by lifestyle blogger rahma talwar rthijabstyles (2)Another Weekend, Another Staycation! Why not play #TouristInMyCity Again?

If you love water adventures have a taste for navigating through different cities, Acacia Hotel, RAK is the place to go! This swanky new 4-star hotel under Bin Majid Resorts & Properties has the most amazing deals for a perfect weekend this summer. Our trip was in celebration of my brother’s 25th birthday, so taking pictures took a back seat (poor blogger me!).

Our stay was an all inclusive package, which I highly recommended because at the entrance we were greeted by a big envelope filled with different coupons & discounts.

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1. All inclusive drinks: You can pamper your self and enjoy your entire time with a glass in one hand. From Hot Beverages (Coffee & Tea) to Cold Fizzy Drinks & various type of Alcohols, we had access to all 24/7. Pretty Cool!

2. Water adventures: With an all inclusive deal, you not only get to enjoy Acacia’s outdoor pool but also receive Beach access, Water slides & go Kakking coupons to use in Bin Majid’s Resort property – Beach Hotel, 10 minutes away from the hotel.

3. Sheesha fans: Acacia’s outdoor pool is the ideal perfect spot for you to soak up the sun, sip on the free amazing cocktails all day long & appreciate your holiday with a sheesha pipe. Though the setting is perfect for Sheesha lovers, unfortunately, only 3 flavors of Sheesha might annoy some (including, my brother!)

4. No Fights over Remote: I dunno about you, but I always end up fighting over TV in hotels (Ironically, I prefer laptops to watch stuff at home!) It was a nice surprise that our room had two set of TVs yet somewhat weird that we couldn’t find a flat Iron (That’s such a huge disappointment for someone like me, who is so particular about her perfectly ironed hijabs)

5: Affordable prices: A relatively new addition to RAK, the hotel offers super inexpensive all inclusive deals for adults & kids. You can find some great ones on Cobone or Groupon starting from only AED 250.

6. Free WiFi: What makes me furious is when luxury hotels for the sake for “Free WIFI” offer super crappy slow speed ones in return for your personal information (Emails & Mobile No, where they bombard you with useless deals over the next few months). Thankfully, Acacia (was different) facilitates decent WiFi speed without any privacy interruptions.

Any Drawbacks? All our meals were set at Al Nakhla Restaurant and honestly, the food was nothing to rave about or had anything new & exciting. Again, the pastry selection at Garden Brew Cafe was boring & similar to the desserts offered for lunch buffet at Al Nakhla. However, we did come across a promising Japenese Restaurant – Okura in the basement which we may try on our next visit. Plus, Hamra Mall is just 10 minutes away so food was not a major issue for us.

Location: Al Jazirah Al Hamra – Ras al Khaimah
Social: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
Website: https://www.binmajic.com/acacia/rak
Phone: +971 7 235 2233

Be Retro at Roxy

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Photo Credits: The ultimate guide for women in Dubai – She Wants Dubai 💕
Growing up we were crazy movie lovers, you know those insane families with a pre booked weekly cinema visits. Of course, I’m talking about a mystical time in UAE when tickets were as cheap as AED 15 and kids below the age 6 were honored with free entries. (Oh wow, how the time has changed) In fact, the whole IMAX, 4Dx, 3D choices (for good or worse) has remodified movie experiences altogether. Yet, I still believe in the magic of rusty old conventional 2D movies 📽
Now imagine a movie theater tricked out like an old school Retro boutique, with stunning vintage movie-themed decor, classic ticket booth, epic 70s and 80s movie posters at every corner (even the washrooms) and those legendary red seats & curtain (more like the luxurious red paradise of leather). The off screen magic did strike a cord, and I had to check out this place.
If you have been following my vlogs for a while, you know that not too long ago, I had a lavish date with my mom in Dubai from a 4 hour brunch at Carnival By Tresind which I featured on the #GuiltyPleasures Column ((lol I totally just made that up) to watching Beauty & the beast at Roxy Cinema, Box Park.
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Believe me, all it takes to be in my good books is blankets and pillows. (lol, I’m such a couch potato 😚)
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Vintage Ticketing Booth
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Photo Credits: Times out Dubai !
So what makes the perfect movies experience?
Personally, I think it’s a combination of a ‘Paisa Vasool’ (money worthy) entertaining movie, a relaxing adjustable seat with ample armrest (believe me, sharing is not caring in this particular case), pillows, and blankets are just icing on the cake but if you tell me I get to order snacks from the comfort of my seats. My answer? “Please take my money” 💰
I got to be honest, it felt amazing to experience the delightful gourmet menu, retro ambiance and a blanket (oh God, the amount of time I sneaked in a quilt in an obvious fluffy tote bag is quite embarrassing) while watching one of the finest actress ‘Emma Watson’ sing and dance along Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the beast.
The experience is unlike anything else! I’m surprised myself to admit this but watching movies in such a lavish place is quite pleasing. Of course, the oozing margarita pizza and hot nacho cheddar cheese box were something that made this small town girl extremely happy (You may ask why I call myself that, and the answer is quite simple though I live in the ever so busy UAE, unlike the crazy city life of Dubai, I was raised in the peaceful less crowded city called Ajman, which draws complete tourist like vibes).
Overall we loved our experience at Roxy Cinemas. I totally recommend it if you’re looking for a piece of Retro Culture in Dubai. And if you have second thoughts, my partner in crime who happens to be a Desi Mum approves of this lavish splurge (AED 99/per person)
Of course, it’s not your everyday place to watch a random movie but definitely a spot to create lovely memories with your better half but make sure you select a good movie with real high ratings.
If you want to check out the live reaction to this epic retro bar, check out my youtube channel, please!
Cheers Dubai!


Glam Up with Gosh MakeUp

Ever since my teenage years, I’ve always been intimated by high-end brands and stuck to drugstore makeup lines, last year when a Denmark originated brand started creating a massive buzz in the blogosphere because of it’s ll natural ingredients which mean they’re Paraben-free, fragrance-free & cruelty-free, I went ahead with making my own purchases and fell in love with it’s seaweed collection.

Earlier this month. I got contacted to have a makeover done by them, and if you watched my vlog, you know your girl, had the best time of her life.I have the ugliest eyebrows in the history of mankind, (due to religious reasons I don’t get them plucked) bushy & untameable, or that’s what I thought. Until Gosh’s makeup artist did the magic and I had the honor to use #EyebrowsonFleek on my Instagram. 😍

Gosh Makeover Dubai Beauty Review UAE Youtuber Vlogger ggGosh Makeover Dubai Beauty Review UAE Youtuber Vlogger fDuring my visit to the Lifestyle store in Mall of Emirates, I got to know more about the brand and their awesome range in foundations, premiers & mascaras. Truth be told, when a brand offer makeup premiers to suit all 3 skin types (dry, oily & combination) it deserves all the shootouts & crazy fan following. Also, the mascara line up by huge, each one did something special & different.

I was suggested products which would go well with my dry skin, and to my surprise, Argan Oil was a promising ingredient in most. I walked out the store with a few products and hopefully, I will be reviewing them soon.

Until, Next Time, Love Rahma

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The Shocking Revelation of 2016

junoon-dubai-2Wow, 2016 was an interesting year and I’ve been lucky enough to expand my network of people and quite grateful to experience beautiful new adventures every week. A year of massive ups and downs, while it went high as the glittering sky some days, others were a true example of a sinking titanic. I picturized a positive personality on screen but some behind the scenes were tragically negative too.

2016 was a year of powerful life lessons and I thought it might serve you well if I shared‎ 16 of them with you. So here you go:


Gratitude: Even in the darkest of times, you can always find something to be grateful for.


No matter how much you earn and where you live, a certain amount of your salary should be marked as charity to the needy.


Surround yourself with positive people and try to absorb that same energy within you every morning. It is hard to stay positive in dark situations yet, not impossible. Train your mind to have only positive thoughts which turn into a happy reality.


Crying is not a sign of weakness, pick your battles and people in front of whom you can soften up without feeling embarrassed.


No moment is as perfect as a hot cup of tea, warm fuzzy socks and an amazing book wrapped up in a cold winter night.


Talk more about your life goals with family & friends as it creates a social commitment and drives a dedicated energy inside you to achieve the target.


Your definition of perfection may be trash for one and treasure to some, all you need to focus on is giving your 100%.


Enjoying your own company helps you grow personally, eating your dinner out or listening to music on a long drive alone is a beautiful way to charge up the self-love train.


Pay extra attention to your savings and don’t waste money on mediocre stuff instead, invest in new adventures to build up happy memories.


Attend free seminars in your locality and discover new online courses to add on to your resume.


Going through 4 cups of coffee/tea to stay awake is not a big deal. When it is literally your lifeline or your new best friend.


Invest in good skincare over makeup, a healthy skin to start with is so much better than fixing a blemished skin.


Preaching self-control is easy, practising patience is hard but deciding how to act while waiting is the hardest. Everything has its own proper time, things you are desperately praying for will show up when you are clear cut ready for them.


After a hectic day at work, you go back home to a person who asks “How did your day go by?” consider yourself really lucky.


Success favours those who work hard and pray harder. You PLAN your goals, PERFORM to your best ability and most importantly raise your hands to PRAY for a reward. 


Taking a digital detox every now and then refreshes your soul & boost up new ideas.

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2016 was definitely a roller coaster ride, filled with happy highs and disappointing lows, special success and frustrating failures. I definitely came out of my little protective shell and got to meet so many incredible people in the industry & make new friends, work with some of my dream brands/companies, finally conquered on one of the most challenging hurdle ever – UAE Driving test and made my biggest investment so far with my little black beauty – Nissan Sentra 2016.

Looking back at 2016, I encountered lots of good and bad memories but enjoyed plenty of “I can’t believe I did that” moments. This year, I faced the worst of depression & stumbled upon nerve-racking anxiety, but I stood strong and kicked some serious ass. Read books on self-motivation, practices self-love and most importantly trained my mind to focus on positive thoughts only.


This little recap of my favourite 2016 milestones, got me crazy excited for what 2017 has in store for me.


MuIV2JNGEREYHauls are always fascinating particularly the ones which cost mere AED 20 only. This post is inspired by the Dirham Store Challenge by my birthday twine Mona Gir. Thrift store challenges are all over the internet, so why should Dubai stay behind? Okay!! we may not have thrift stores, but UAE is covered with hundreds of 1 to 10 DIRHAM STORES which surprisingly have way too many pretty sweet deals!!

So with 20 AED in my pocket and literally nothing more as these stores are famous for impulse buying, I began my search for fun and colorful items to brighten up my dull life !!

So my lovely ladies here is my massive 20 dirham haul


1. Firstly, I got some pretty pink and purple heart-shaped paper clips for my wall decoration inspired by Nifty thrifty Goodwill DIY and honestly how cute are these? (3 AED)