Palm Tree Escape: InterContinental opens their first resort in the Middle East

2018-01-08 11:51 - Gabi Zietsman
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InterContinental Hotels Group

Cape Town - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently opened their brand spanking new Fujairah Resort in Dibba, United Arab Emirates, on the east coast border of Oman.

A luxury destination that looks out on the sparkling Arabian Peninsula from the Al Aqah Beach under the Hajar Mountains, it consists of Arabesque village-style buildings that celebrate the regions local Arabic culture.

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With 190 guest rooms and suites, sea-facing balconies and facilities that include a gym, spa, ballroom and extensive food and drink options, you can be sure to have that millionaire experience in the Middle East. 

Families are also welcome, with activities and clubs tailored to younger kids and the less-easily-entertained teenagers, as well as babysitting services for parents who need a break in the sun.

“We are delighted to announce the opening of our first InterContinental Resort in the Middle East.  This marks an important milestone in our journey in the region, as we expand our luxury portfolio to cater to our luxury guests which include international visitors, residents of the UAE looking for an escape from their daily, hectic routine as well as business groups looking for corporate retreats and unique meeting destinations," explains Pascal Gauvin, COO of India, Middle East and Africa IHG.

"With its dazzling coastline, majestic mountains, palm orchards and deep wadis, combined with a rich heritage, Fujairah is fast emerging as a tourist haven that lures the most discerning travellers. We are looking forward to our guests experiencing the sophistication and style of the InterContinental® life we have become renowned for.”

Want to explore more of the United Arab Emirates?

My Pass benefits for travellers to Dubai

Emirates is extending its popular My Emirates Pass programme to customers visiting Dubai this winter season. The programme gives Emirates customers exclusive offers and discounts across the city by turning the Emirates boarding pass into an exclusive membership card.   

Those flying to or through Dubai between 1 January and 31 March 2018 can take advantage of a range of offers at some of Dubai's best known hotspots by simply showing their Emirates boarding pass* and a valid form of identification. Those intending to book before 22 Jan 2018 can also benefit from special economy class fares to Dubai starting from R6 799 and from R37 599 for business class. 

You can also explore Dubai on a budget, getting most out of the opulent desert city, or if you got a couple of million left over from the festive season you can indulge in an extravagant 'millionaire holiday package' that includes a Rolls Royce and yacht rentals, personalised shopping experiences, exciting air and water activities and a private desert safari where you can live out your Lawrence of Arabia fantasies.

SEE: Dubai: The land of plenty 

Island-hop around Abu Dhabi 

Did you know Abu Dhabi has over 200 natural islands to its name and it’s using its imagination to make sure there are some special themes for travellers to enjoy. You can enjoy the resort life on Zaya Nurai Island, learn more about the region's art at the brand new Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island or embrace the fun at the world's largets indoor amusement park on Yas Island, which also boasts a Grand Prix course.

You can also have a guilt-free visit to their SeaWorld, the first one outside of the US to be opened without orcas.

SEE: Must-eats: 5 tantalising Abu Dhabi treats 

Know your way around with some key Arabic phrases 

Marhaba! You don't need to be fluent in Arabic to get around, but it can help to know a few phrases that will make it easier to move around the UAE, or even just at its massive airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We have a handy guide so you can get some brownie points with the locals.

Though sometimes all you need is Afwan, ma akhi Arabi (Sorry, I don't speak English) to get you started. on the right track.

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