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.
The family-friendly Double Tree by Hilton Resort and Spa on Marjan Island is a tranquil oasis in an adventure-filled destination. Relax on the golden beach, take a dip in one of seven temperature-controlled pools or indulge in a cocktail at the rooftop...
A stunning venue and a service that’s instantly recognisable, Waldorf Astoria denotes grandeur, a stately experience and a lavish 5-star holiday that oozes class. Many a famed guest has stayed before, in fact you can choose to follow in their footsteps...
Experience pure paradise at the 5-star Marjan Island Resort and Spa, in Ras Al Khaimah. This spectacular, sun-soaked jewel offers an array of world-class facilities including an extensive spa, children’s club and sumptuous accommodation. There is a...
A luxurious display of Hilton chic, Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort overlooks the stunning Arabian Gulf on the beachfront of this exclusive Ras Al Khaimah destination. Boasting superb facilities for fitness and health, a luxury spa, children’s...
Arabian culture blends with charisma at one of Ras Al Khaimah’s finest hotels, The Cove Rotana Resort. 600 metres of pristine beachfront borders the resort that’s dotted with villas of honey-coloured stone, decorated archways and typical Arabian...
An impressive and beautiful sight located across a mesmerising sandy beachfront, Rixos Bab Al Bahr is a heavenly retreat in sunny Ras Al Khaimah. There's a wealth of opulent rooms and suites to assure a luxurious stay, with some boasting spectacular...
Enjoying a prime position close to shops, restaurants and attractions, DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah is an ideal choice for exploring one of the Middle East’s lesser-known resorts. Exceptional facilities include a fitness centre, spa and...
Relax atop a sun lounger on the faraway shores of Ras Al Khaimah with a stay at the splendid Smartline Bin Majid Beach Resort. Situated directly on the sandy beachfront overlooking Al Marjan Island, this impressive retreat features a range of...
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, should make time for a visit to The National museum, Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque and the abandoned 'ghost town' that is Al Jazirah Al Hamra, located toward the south of the region.
The 'ghost town' is home to a number of ruins and abandoned buildings, some of which are said to be haunted! Hiking tours of the Hajar mountains and desert excursions are a great way to experience the glory of the area's expansive natural landscape and remote villages first hand.
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.
The resort 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 Dubai's world-famous markets.
Back at Ras Al Khaimah, or RAK as it's also known, there's plenty to do. On top of its theme parks and captivating cultural pursuits, Ras Al Khaimah plays host to 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.