Ras Al Khaimah holidays are all about sunbathing weather whatever the time of year, beaches and an amazing standard of accommodation. With a growing number of all-inclusive options in Ras Al Khaimah, it's fast becoming a superb option in the UAE for family holidays too.
It's fair to say that Ras Al Khaimah is one of the Middle East's lesser-known resorts, but that's a huge part of its appeal.
This fabulous holiday destination, located just east of the Hajar Mountains, offers families and couples alike a more relaxed alternative to the bright lights and big city surroundings of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
That's not to say holidays to Ras Al Khaimah aren't without the glamour. In fact, the destination is known throughout the entire UAE for its lavish hotels, immaculate beaches, historic Arabian monuments and family-friendly attractions, including the Iceland Water Park.
Adventure activities are also aplenty. Indeed, you can hit the sand with a dune buggy ride in the dessert, head to Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, to experience the world’s longest zipline – Jebel Jais Flight, or make waves as you enjoy a whole host of water sports.
And don't be fooled into thinking that a holiday in Ras Al Khaimah has to cost the Earth. Despite the luxurious accommodation and great standard of hotels, we have a range of affordable Ras Al Khaimah holidays and deals on brilliant packages.
Flights: You can fly to Dubai International Airport from a number of UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Passport/visa requirements: Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date you enter the country. You will be granted a free of charge visa for a single visit of 30 days upon arrival.
Packing essentials: Ras Al Khaimah enjoys year-round sunshine, so it’s wise to pack light clothing, sunglasses, a sun hat and plenty of sun cream. Outside of the hotel, women should dress modestly, covering their shoulders and knees.
Ras Al Khaimah boasts an endless list of tourist attractions and places of interest. One of the area's most famous destinations is Khatt Springs – a luxury relaxation centre, where guests can bathe in hot natural springs and be treated to an extensive menu of spa therapies.
For those looking to delve deeper into the area's rich heritage and culture, you should make time for a visit to Ras Al Khaimah’s National Museum and the Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque, the largest surviving traditional mosque in the UAE.
Al Jazirah Al Hamra, a ghost town located toward the south of the region, is also worth a visit. It is home to a number of ruins and abandoned buildings; some of which are said to be haunted!
Elsewhere you can enjoy other fascinating historical points of interest, such as the 16th century Dhayah Fort, which is the only remaining hilltop fort in the UAE and offers picture-perfect panoramic views of its surrounding areas.
Hiking in the breathtaking 70,000-year-old Hajar mountains is a great way to see the glory of the area's expansive natural landscape and remote villages first hand. If you’re seeking a little bit more excitement, you could get the adrenaline pumping on a Via Ferrata, a protected climbing route up the 1,934-metre-high Jebel Jais Mountain. Then, if you can pluck up the courage, you can take on the world’s longest zip slide. Back on solid ground, you can head to the lush, green Saqr Park to relax, unwind and get your breath back.
Elsewhere, Ras Al Khaimah plays host to several pristine beaches, all of which boast golden sands and warm crystal clear waters. It's on the resort's coast that you'll find a number of water sports centres, offering jet-ski trips and parasailing and a whole number of once in a lifetime experiences.
Alternatively, why not head to family-friendly Ice Land Water Park where you can enjoy a variety of wave pools and high-speed slides, such as Plunge Point, Penguin Falls and the Igloo Slide?
Ras Al Khaimah is also within close proximity to Dubai. The sprawling city is just over an hour away by car and is well worth a visit. Dubai's main notable attractions include the impressive Mall of the Emirates, the Wild Wadi Waterpark, Burj Khalifa (the tallest man-made structure in the world), Palm Jumeirah island and world-famous markets. However, even though Dubai may be better known for its golf, Ras Al Khaimah still has some top-class courses. The Al Hamra and Top Links Golf Clubs, for example, have both been touted as must-visit destinations for golfing enthusiasts.
Ras Al Khaimah is also a great destination for shopping, with a choice of impressive malls and authentic souks on offer, such as the Al Hamra Mall and Old RAK Souq.
You will also find thrilling theme parks and captivating cultural pursuits, along with some excellent restaurants, bars, nightclubs and authentic shisha lounges.
Holidays to Ras Al Khaimah offer something for all vacation types, from exciting family breaks to romantic trips.
Ras Al Khaimah enjoys hot weather all year round, although its best to avoid visiting when the heat is unbearable. During the winter months of December and January, you can expect the temperature to average around 20 degrees celsius. During the summer, temperatures are known to soar into the high thirties. Although this may sound appealing to sun worshippers, such temperatures can be troublesome to those not used to the heat. For those reasons, RAK's peak season tends to fall between October and May.
You crave glorious year-round sunshine, superb beaches and lavish hotels and resorts.
You’re looking for a family-friendly destination offering a whole host of attractions, activities and thrilling experiences.
You’re seeking a relaxed alternative to the glamour of Dubai.
Celebrating Ras Al Khaimah’s heritage, the Awafi Festival takes place over three weeks and attracts holidaymakers and locals alike. The annual event is held in the Awafi region of the emirate, in December or January, and features theatre performances, cultural displays, a heritage village, sporting activities and traditional food and crafts. The event is free of charge, with any area of the festival accessible on foot or by car, as long as your vehicle can handle the desert terrain.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is the time when Muslims believe that God (Allah) revealed the Koran (the Islamic holy book) to the Prophet Muhammed.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours. To mark the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid Al Fitr, which involves colourful celebrations, parades and amazing firework displays.
Due to Islam following a lunar calendar, Ramadan takes place at different times each year.
There is a common misconception that destinations such as Ras Al Khaimah are off limits during Ramadan, but this is not the case, with many restaurants and cafes staying open, serving meals behind screens or in designated areas. Some hotels and resorts will also offer a separate area where you can enjoy a meal and also host huge feasts after sunset, inviting all guests to join in the festivities.
Launched in 2013, the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival aims to showcase the talent of local artists, photographers and filmmakers. Now an annual event, it attracts visitors from around the globe and helps to support the development of the arts in Ras Al Khaimah.
You can’t visit Ras Al Khaimah without taking the chance to experience the emirate’s enchanting desert landscape.
This unique terracotta terrain offers an array of opportunities for fun, adventure and cultural discovery.
Those seeking to experience what it would be like to live in the desert can take a camel ride to visit a traditional Bedouin Oasis. Here they can enjoy an evening under the stairs and sample authentic Arabic cuisine and culture.
Thrillseekers are also catered for in the desert, with activities such as sandboarding or quad biking on offer, while a four-wheel drive safari is a sublime way to explore the sandy landscape.
The desert also plays host to the annual UAE Awafi Festival. Held in December or January, the event features theatre performances, cultural displays, a heritage village, sporting activities and traditional food and crafts.
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