Authentic Arabia in Ras Al Khaimah

by Travelbag on 18 September 2015, 09:09AM

Ras Al Khaimah is the most northerly Emirate with a beautiful and diverse landscape of pristine beaches, terracotta deserts, rugged Mountains and mangrove lagoons. Combined with year-round sunshine, luxury hotels and a wealth of historical sites to visit or adventure activities to try, it is a top place to relax and rejuvenate.

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Situated on the west coast of the United Arab Emirates offering unspoiled natural beauty and stunning scenery, Ras Al Khaimah’s 64-kilometres of shoreline provide superb sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters.


Visitors to the emirate can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities from swimming, fishing and golfing to exploring the desert by safari and experiencing a traditional Bedouin desert camp or enjoy the water slides at Iceland Water Park.


Geography


Due to its geographical location at the northern tip of the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah is literally translated as ‘top of the tent’ and was originally known as ‘Julfar’. As a rich archaeological destination, Ras Al Khaimah features a wealth of landscapes from rugged mountain peaks to coastal areas and desert.


Climate


The climate is sub-tropical, semi-arid with warm temperatures, infrequent rain fall and blue skies most of the year. Between November and April the average day-time temperature reaches 28 degrees centigrade whereas in the summer months between June and August temperatures rise above 35 degrees centigrade with high humidity.

Sports


Due to its diverse landscape and commitment to providing tourists with a range of activities, Ras Al Khaimah has become a hub for outdoor sports. The emirate provides cost-effective opportunities for guests to try out a wide variety of activities in picturesque natural locations including two 18-hole championship golf courses. Water sports on offer include scuba diving, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing and fishing. Ras Al Khaimah’s spectacular beaches are just a 20 minute drive from the airport so you can be relaxing on a beach bed or enjoying the water sports in no time after landing.

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Wine and Dine

There are a variety of dining options on offer in restaurants throughout the Emirate, giving a true taste of Arabia as well as cuisines from countries around the world due to the presence of numerous nationalities in Ras Al Khaimah. Visitors can choose from fine dining to local buffet style restaurants or fast food outlets, all tastes and pallets are catered for.

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Al Jazirat Al Hamra


Al Jazirat Al Hamra is one of the oldest historical sites in UAE, with forts, deserted schools and mosques, narrow streets and old buildings that were inhabited since the 16th century and abandoned nearly 40 years ago. Once a small island, it is the last authentic and traditional town still standing in the United Arab Emirates. Its inhabitants subsisted on maritime and pearl trading before they abandoned their houses in the middle of the 20th century, when the rush to modernize started.
Jazira al-Hamra now shows all elements of a traditional town, including a fortress for defence purposes, a small market (“Suq”), several mosques and a variety of house types.

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Awafi Desert


Awafi desert is well known for Awafi motor ride festival that is held annually. Here you can visit the and heritage village, watch camel riding, football tournaments, horse racing, desert off road competitions and motor cycling shows as well as take part in  4x4 dune bashing.


Getting there

Previously there have been no direct flights from the UK to Ras Al Khaimah, instead visitors have to drive from Dubai, which can take up to two hours, however Qatar are launching a new route from 1st October with two daily flights from London Heathrow, and three weekly flights from Manchester, both via Doha.

To read more about Ras Al Khaimah and to book your next holiday there click here.
 


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