Dubai and Abu Dhabi are grabbing all the attention in the UAE. However, in their shadows glows the hidden gem of Ras Al Khaimah. What is so special in this emirate?
1. Relaxing winter sun
Only 45 minutes from Dubai airport, Ras Al Khaimah offers pristine beaches, clear sea, nature and a truly relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here you can see incredible sunsets on postcard beaches, enjoy world class resorts that welcome tourists with relaxed customs and warm hospitality, as well as stunning nature with terracotta deserts and high mountains making it a unique destination with year round sunshine.
2. Water activities
A perfect setting for those who wish to either relax or enjoy a wide range of water sports
, Ras Al Khaimah’s beaches offer an extraordinary experience amongst the stunning stretches of white sand – spanning 64km of pristine coastline. The many upscale hotels available in Ras Al Khaimah also offer private beaches, some with natural lagoons for a special retreat.
For adventure seekers keen to take to the water, Ras Al Khaimah offers a great setting for scuba diving, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing and fishing just to name a few. Many of the activities are available via the emirate’s hotels and resorts, and span from beginner to expert level.
3. Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp or Bassata Desert Camp
Live the ultimate desert experience with the Bassata Desert Village
! Enjoy a wide range of traditional Arabic activities with dune bashing, belly dancer, Arabic Tanoura (sufi dance), camel riding as well as an Arabic barbecue. The Village also provides facilities to experience an overnight stay.
4. Rich history and culture
Ras Al Khaimah has a rich cultural heritage, originating in the Bronze Age, making it one of the few places on earth where people have lived continuously for 7 thousand years. One of the main attractions of the emirate is Dhayah Fort
, which was built in the 16th century. Not far from Ras Al Khaimah city you will find the National Museum
, which provides an excellent opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the traditions and the life of the emirate. In addition, the museum has one of the largest in the UAE collections of historical artefacts and objects.
5. Fun for the whole family
For families with young children, Saqr Park
is always a popular destination, presenting visitors with lush greenery and scenic views along with amusement rides and arcade games.
At Ras Al Khaimah’s premier go karting facility, RAK TRAK
, families can experience the thrill of top speeds in racing karts and even two-seater karts.
If you love shopping, Ras Al Khaimah offers a selection of malls to splurge at. Try the RAK Mall
for exciting activities and modern facilities, including an expansive entertainment centre, an indoor football court and an ice skating rink.
Ras Al Khaimah also offers excellent kids clubs at the resorts as well as chance to see nature, ride horses, camels and a falcon show.