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August/September 2013



Experience Ras Al Khaimah


PUBLISHER’S NOTE Dear valued guests, Greetings! We are happy to share with you the Second edition of Footprints: the newsletter that will greet you with news, events and promotions happening at our resorts. We are happy to announce that both Al Hamra Palace Beach Resort and Al Hamra Village Golf & Beach Resort are now managed by Hilton Worldwide under the name, Al Hamra Residence and Village. We will continue to provide the unique and refreshing holiday experiences that you have been accustomed to. This issue focuses on the summer and how you could take care while traveling in the hottest months of the year. Let me wish you all a memorable stay with us! And do not forget to contact our Front Office team, or the Duty Manager, should you require any assistance! Happy reading! Amr Ahmed Hotel Manager Al Hamra Residence and Village

QUOTE OF THE MONTH Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

EDITORIAL TEAM Publisher: Amr Ahmed, Hotel Manager - Al Hamra Residence and Village Chief Editor: Jojo Jose Editorial Team: Ashraf Mohsen (Front Office), Sudheer Valappil (Engineering), Lakmal Asanka (F&B), Bimal Sinha (Recreation), Simon Gomes (Housekeeping), Rohan Bastian (Kitchen) Design, Layout, Illustration: Jojo Jose


TRAVEL DURING SUMMER It is that time of the year again, when you plan to take a vacation! Summer may be winding down, but there’s still time to sneak in one last road trip, family vacation, or weekend getaway to a cottage or beach resort. After all, everyone needs a break from chores, stress and work! Whether you're vacationing with kids or not, summer travel can come with a lot of pressure to pick the perfect spot. Even though beaches may be the ultimate summer hot spot to many, take good care to choose a place that offers relaxation, fun and rest. Focus on finding a destination and activities that deviate from your everyday schedule and let that guide you to your perfect vacation. Every time summer travel is thought of, planning of it becomes a bit grueling, but worth the effort. Surprisingly, many do not take the time out for it! It would greatly help you enjoy your summer vacation, if planned in advance. PACK LIGHT! Once you have finalized your itinerary or the places to visit, you need to take into account, the luggage that you carry along with you. Always pack light, as this increases your comfort levels when travelling. The summer months offer you with lots of sun, so your clothing needs to fit in for the warm weather. Wear light-colored, light-weight clothes that offer you comfort and easier blending with the environment. On a holiday, you want quietness, relaxation and a blend-in with the environment, not unwanted stares! And do not forget to pack these essentials!

Cool off this summer With our Pool Party! Grab your swimwear and head to the Beach Pool to cool off and have fun! To know more, call +971 7 2067 222


TRAVEL DURING SUMMER ESSENTIALS You are on a holiday to relax and unwind, and to take back cherished memories for a lifetime. However, a perfect holiday with your loved ones can be ruined, should you not take care of a few essentials: Photography is for posterity, and is an inevitable part of a holiday. Do not ruin your great moments with your loved ones, be it kids, friends or your partner, by not having enough charge on your camera! It would always be wise to stock up on replaceable or batteries for your camera, flashlight, and other gadgets, should you face a situation with no charging solutions. If you plan to spend time at a beach resort, always remember to carry your swimming gear. Your bathing suit and the sunscreen lotion are essential for a perfect beach holiday. If you love flip-flops on the beach, carry a few of these as well, as they can be handy. Khaki pants or blue jeans are great travel options while comfortable walking shoes are a must, so you can focus on the beautiful sights and sounds rather than your aching heels. A PERFECT BEACH HOLIDAY! One of the best ways to relax and unwind is to take a beach holiday. A conveniently located beach resort could offer you the perfect romantic holiday or family vacation you have been looking for, as a beach holiday has something in offer for everyone! Spend time on the beach with your loved one, when your kids are entertained at the kids center. Relish cocktails and mocktails at the beach bar or indulge in a seafood fiesta. Happy holidaying!

International Brunch Join us for a mouth-watering Brunch every Friday! For reservations, call +971 7 2067 222 ENJOY A DELICIOUS BRUNCH




Purchasing The Purchasing team consists of 5 professionals with varied industry exposures. Javed Shaikh is the Purchase Executive and Babu Sidhik serves as the Purchase Clerk. Abubaker, Naseer and Faheem are also part of the team. A very busy department, indeed!


Rohan Bastian, Executive Chef With over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry and culinary arts, Executive Chef Rohan Bastian has worked in many chain hotels such as Ritz Carlton, Kempinski MOE DUBAI, Sofitel City Centre hotel Dubai, Jumeirah Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi, and a few years at the Inter Continental. Chef Rohan moved to Ras Al Khaimah in 2012 to take up the position of Executive Chef at our resort. Armed with a degree in Hospitality, and with his vast hospitality experience, he aims to share his vision and to train and motivate his team.


FACILITY OF THE MONTH White Bar on the beach Spend a great evening at the White Bar This place leaves nothing to be desired. If you are coming to enjoy a cold refreshing drink or a fancy cocktail it offers you a marvelous view overlooking the shores and will take you on a daydream. Watch the sun set over the Arabian Gulf, or listen to the live band performance, as you relax and unwind over a glass of your favourite beverage.

Happy Hour from 5-7PM. Special offers on selected beverages. For details, call +971 7 2067 222


HAPPENINGS/ACTIVITIES The month of July has seen a lot of activities happening at Al Hamra Residence and Village. We have tried to capture a few of them for you!

Cleaning Campaign A cleaning campaign was conducted by the Housekeeping Department to boost team spirit and togetherness.

Responsible Tourism Initiative To increase the green plantation and reduce the impact on the environment, new trees were planted on the premises of our hotel by the Landscaping team. This initiative was organized by the Engineering department under the guidance of Mr. Amr, the hotel manager, in line with Responsible Tourism Initiative.

CPR Training In order to equip all our staff with CPR skills, a refresher training on CPR was conducted by the Recreaction Department.

Iftar & Suhour celebrations Ramadan was celebrated with special Iftar and Suhour Menus; The Eid Extravaganza included International Brunch and Pool Party.


MASSAGE CENTER Rejuvenate with a Thai Massage Both our properties offer a Thai Massage Center where a Thai massage can rejuvenate, regenerate and revitalize you. Thai Massage

Aroma Therapy Massage

Foot Massage

Royal Foot Massage

Neck & Shoulder Massage

Scalp Head Massage

Massage on the beach is also available

For details and reservations, call +971 7 2067 222


RECIPE OF THE MONTH Shrimp & Peppers Mille-feuille A mouth-watering cuisine made in layers.

Ingredients Shrimps 16/20 Red bell peppers Yellow bell peppers Cocktail sauce Orange segments Lea & Perrins sauce

150g 1pcs 1 pcs 50ml 20g 5 ml

Horse reddish sauce Grapefruit segments Romaine lettuce Mayonnaise Tomato ketchup Salt & pepper to taste

10g 20g 40g 450 ml 140 ml

Vegetable mirepoix: Roughly cut carrot, leek, celery, white onion, half lemon 100g For Balsamic reduction: Balsamic vinegar 300ml Sugar 200g

Method • Heat the oven into 250°C and place the bell peppers on a baking tray. Sprinkle a little oil on it and add crushed black pepper and salt; place it in the oven for 6-8 minutes and then take it out and put it inside a small container and cover with Clim film, leaving it for 8-10 minutes. • Place the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a tray on the fire; once start boiling, reduce the balsamic mixture into quarter over low fire; once the sauce is in a bubbling stage, take out from the fire and cool it down. • Bring the vegetable mirepoix in a pot with water; boil the water and add a little salt as well to the water. • In the mean time, keep ice water bath ready to dip the shrimps after boiling. • Once the water starts boiling, put shrimps into the water and boil the shrimps for 3-4 minutes before taking out. Take out a single shrimp and peel to check whether fully cooked or not; if fully cooked, take it out and place it in the ice water and peel the shrimps off and leave it aside. • Take the bell pepper out from the container and peel off the skin; trim the top and bottom part of the peppers, remove the seed and cut into round shapes using a cutter. • Shred the lettuce; slice the shrimps into small dices and leave two shrimps for garnish. Cut and arrange grapefruit segments into small dices, mix them all together with 50 ml of cocktail sauce. Arrange the shrimps in the mould and place the coloured bell pepper layer by layer. Spread the garnish with two shrimps on top. Sprinkle the cocktail sauce and pipe it with balsamic reduction over the plate using a squeezing bottle. Serve it with love!




Dates: 1-4 October To celebrate food and beer, the biggest German festival is in Ras Al Khaimah! Oktoberfest will be celebrated at our resorts with a special Beer Garen, soulful German music and authentic German cuisines. Special games for children are included. End the celebration with our popular Amasi Beach Party featuring international DJs.


International Brunch

To make your stay memorable, we have created a special theme night, every day of the week! The Russian Night on Mondays, Far Eastern Night on Tuesdays, International Night on Wednesdays and Fridays, Oriental Night on Thursdays, Italian Night on Saturdays and Carvery Night on Sundays: pick your favourites! Time: 19:00-22:30. Contact Sea Breeze Restaurant for more details.


Kids Summer Swimming School

We have extended the summer camp til the end of September!

Monday & Wednesday

Kids aged 4-7 Kids aged 8-12 3.30pm-4.30pm 4.30-5.30pm

Dates: Valid till 30th September 2013 Venue: Marjan Pool at Al Hamra Residence To book your seats and to know more, please call Bimal Sinha at +971 7 2067 222 or e-mail him at


EXPERIENCE RAS AL KHAIMAH Prince of Sea Spend an unforgettable day on board the splendid sailing yacht, “Prince of Sea”. "Prince of Sea" – the luxurious 2 mast sailing motor yacht will take you to a journey following the steps of Ahmed bin Majid – one of the greatest Navigators of all time. Here's your chance for your to enjoy a thrilling adventure amidst the azure waters of virgin beaches on Al Marjan Island. Be delighted with the many activities on offer, and taste beautiful delicacies.

For reservations, call Veronica +971 50 3721 772 or Yasser +971 55 1205900; E-mail or




To book, please call +971 7 2067 222 or e-mail

Al Hamra Residence and Village P.O. Box 35604, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 7 2067 222 Fax: +971 7 243 4517 E-mail:

Footprints-Aug/Sep 2013  

The newsletter of Al Hamra Residence and Village bringing you news and views.

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