Ras Al Khaimah, also referred to as RAK, is the northernmost Emirate and the fourth largest out of seven. Often in the shadow of the more popular Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah is one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Sure, it doesn’t boast the glitz and glamour that Dubai is associated with, or the huge world-famous events that have become so popular in Abu Dhabi. But Ras Al Khaimah still has its own unique attractions that are well worth experiencing. From golden beaches to fun outdoor activities, Ras Al Khaimah provides the perfect blend of action, adventure and relaxation. Those who love to get their teeth into culture and heritage will also find plenty to do in Ras Al Khaimah.
Plus, with an abundance of all inclusive resorts, there are great accommodation choices to go along with a holiday to the Emirate. It’s also known for its affordability which will no doubt boost its popularity with holidaymakers. Accommodation, food and transport are a lot cheaper here than its more expensive neighbours, leaving visitors with extra cash for unique Ras Al Khaimah ventures. On top of that, Ras Al Khaimah is just over an hour’s drive from Dubai International Airport making it super easy to get to. So, what are you waiting for?
Fancy resorts and hotels
First things first, Ras Al Khaimah has wonderful beach resorts which can easily challenge the likes of Dubai. Whether you’re looking for somewhere you can be pampered all day long, or somewhere that offers a range of exciting things to do, there’s no shortage of diverse resorts in the Emirate. It’s also home to well-known hotel names with choices which are perfect for family holidays, couples holidays, groups and even solo travellers. So, book a stay at Double Tree Resort by Hilton Marjan Island for laid-back luxury, The Village at Cove Rotana Resort for family fun, or Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah for beachfront extravagance.
Rich culture and history
For many it’s important to discover the cultural and historical significance of the places they visit. Ras Al Khaimah has plenty of opportunity to explore its highlight reel of culture and history. In fact, its archaeology is what stands at the forefront. So much so that is has been discovered that the region has had settlers since 5000BC. Head to interesting sites like Sheba’s Palace and Dhayah Fort. Or visit The Museum of Ras Al Khaimah which offers a fascinating insight to a wide range of artefacts that have existed for centuries, including the late Islamic period.
Ras Al Khaimah’s historical and cultural sites are a refreshing change to the towering skyscrapers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Emirate is instead surrounded by natural wonders including its dramatic mountains which it is so well-known for.
For the bold and brave
There’s plenty of things to do for you adventure types! From hiking along Ras Al Khaimah’s famous mountains to whizzing down the world’s longest zip line. It can all be done in this Emirate. Trek along the Hajar Mountains where you’ll not only be at one with nature, but you’ll get to snap impressive views along the way. On the other hand, the zipline in Jebel Jais is one for the thrill seekers covering a distance of 2.83km. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, have a go at Via Ferrata. What can you expect? Well, you’ll be making your way through Jebel Jais whilst attached to the side of the mountain by a cable. Plus, there’ll be three ziplines along the way (just for added excitement!).
If you prefer to get your adrenaline pumping out on the water, the Arabian Gulf is perfect for water sports. Try your hand at kayaking or paddle boarding, or perhaps jet skiing is a bit more up your street? If you’d rather be up in the air, give parasailing a go! Not only is it an exhilarating experience, you’ll also get an amazing view from up top of Ras Al Khaimah’s coastline.
Stretches of golden sand
It is often argued that Ras Al Khaimah has some of the best beaches in the UAE and we’re not going to argue with that! Many resorts have their own private beaches boasting fine sands and blue waters. This makes a beach day perfect for a family holiday to Ras Al Khaimah. Spend the day building sandcastles or splashing around in the shallow waters. The Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa is a great spot to start your beach adventure as it’s right on the doorstep of an immaculate beach. Plus, the Bin Majid Beach Hotel will allow you to kick-start your beach holiday with a bang as it puts you right on the Emirate’s coastline!
There are many experiences to be shared on a holiday to Ras Al Khaimah. All that’s left is for you to get booking!