School holidays is always a time that everybody looks forward to: School is out, the whole family is together and there’s still a little time left before the winter weather rolls in. It’s the perfect chance to take a holiday break. The only difficult part is finding a destination that’s truly family-friendly.
Fortunately, Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s northernmost emirate, stands out as the perfect place to visit during this time of the year as it offers Arabian sun and sand, thrilling activities, rich culture and fun for all ages. Read on to learn more about the exciting activities on offer in the area as well as the best deals and offers available.
Half Term Sun and Sand
With the Arabian Gulf on one side and the Al Hajar Mountains on the other, Ras Al Khaimah presents spectacular sights no matter where you look. The destination also offers year-round sun, crystal clear water and 64 kilomteters of sandy shores. In particular, the man-made Al Marjan Island
and the nearby Al Hamra Village
are the spectacular new and trendy hubs for breath-taking beaches as well as luxury resorts, world-class hotels, five-star facilities and kids’ clubs.
In October, temperatures in Ras Al Khaimah usually stay between 20 and 30 °C, which is perfect weather for swimming, water sports or enjoying a day at the Ice Land Water Park
, where rides and slides offer a great day out for the whole family.
The Lure of Adventure
In addition to gorgeous beaches, Ras Al Khaimah provides no shortage of exciting activities and adventures. If your family prefers to be out on the open sea, there’s always fishing, parasailing and jet skiing to enjoy. Snorkelling or scuba diving with sea turtles, sting rays and marine life is another safe bet for a good time as well.
On dry land, Ras Al Khaimah’s terracotta desert beckons families to discover its wonders. Kids will love meeting horses and riding camels at the Equestrian Adventure Centre
or interacting with wildlife and witnessing high-speed birds in flight at a dedicated desert nature reserve.
While you’re at it, spend a magical night by a roaring campfire at the Bedouin Oasis Camp
, an authentic recreation of traditional Bedouin life complete with goat’s hair tents, soft cushions on the warm sand, a delicious barbecue and a full schedule of entertainment. Another amazing desert experience can be had at the Bassata Desert Village
, where families can partake in dune bashing, sand surfing, belly dancing and more.
Meanwhile in the Al Hajar Mountains, families can hike up to the summit of UAE’s tallest peak, Jebel Jais
, which stands 1,934 metres tall and stays 10 degrees cooler than sea level. Spending the day biking, camping, climbing or picnicking is just as fun when it comes to mountain activities in Ras Al Khaimah.
A Taste of History
Boasting over 7,000 years of history, Ras Al Khaimah is sure to provide enough sites and attractions for even the most avid cultural enthusiasts in your family. Military enthusiasts will certainly want to take a trip to Dhayah Fort
, a 16th-century tower and one of that last military fortifications left standing in the UAE. Just minutes away is the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum
, which provides a great way for visitors of all ages to learn about traditional life in the emirate. If you want to experience the local life during your holiday, head to the Old Town where open-air marketplaces known as souks sell everything from souvenirs and authentic crafts to Arabian herbs and spices.