Ras Al Khaimah: a great Family-Friendly Holiday

by Phoebe Irving on 29 February 2016, 15:02PM

The family that plays together stays together and with spring right around the corner, there’s no better time to book a family holiday retreat. However, it can be extremely difficult to find a suitable destination that everyone can agree upon. Fortunately, Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s northernmost Emirate, is the perfect place to entertain every family member as its wide array of attractions and activities are designed with all ages in mind. Discover a few of the things you can do in Ras Al Khaimah for some quality family bonding time.

Escape the Cold

Nestled between the Persian Gulf and Al Hajar Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah’s calm, crystal clear waters set a spectacular scene for adults to enjoy a relaxing beach day while the kids play. In particular, the man-made archipelago of Al Marjan, consisting of four scenic, coral-shaped islands, is a must-see family destination for breathtaking beaches accompanied by luxury resorts, world-class hotels, five-star facilities and kids’ clubs.

For more active aquatic activities, families can participate in any number of water sports along Ras Al Khaimah’s 60 kilometres of shimmering coastline, with everything from fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving to parasailing and jet skiing to choose from. 

Embark on Outdoor Adventures

For fun on dry land, a trip to Wadi Shah, located in northern Ras Al Khaimah, is always a sure bet for a family hiking adventure, with deep canyons, towering boulders, ancient villages and impressive views waiting to be discovered around every corner. If your family is up for the ultimate climbing experience, then venture over to the mighty Hajar Mountains, sprawling across Ras Al Khaimah’s picturesque skyline, and trek up to the 1,934-metre high summit of UAE’s tallest peak, Jebel Jais.

In addition to being a hiker’s paradise, Ras Al Khaimah’s mountainous terrain also provides ideal opportunities for families to enjoy a wide variety of mountain sports and activities, including kayaking, camping and biking. Then, after a fun-filled day of hiking and mountain adventures, settle in with loved ones for a traditional barbecue and a magical evening by the roaring campfire in the desert at Bedouin Oasis.


Spend a Day in the Park

For families with young children, Saqr Park in the Kieran area of Ras Al Khaimah is always a popular destination, offering amusement rides and arcade games complemented by a picturesque backdrop of lush greenery and scenic mountain views.

Or, spend a day at the Arctic-inspired Ice Land Water Park, where water rides and slides offer endless fun for the young at heart and children of all ages. There’s even an area completely dedicated to toddlers with shallow water and mini-slides.

Head off to the Races

Unleash the speedsters within your family at the RAK TRACK, Ras Al Khaimah’s premier karting facility with numerous track layouts to suit every class and ability. Located opposite of the Ice Land Water Park, the RAK TRACK allows visitors to experience the thrill of top speeds and twisting turns in rental hire karts, professional racing karts and even two-seater karts. After crossing the finish line, enthusiasts and owners can buy top of the line karts, parts and accessories at the RAK TRACK Kart Shop.

Gather for Tee Time

For a great day of sport on lush greens, gather the family for tee time at Ras Al Khaimah’s best golfing destinations. Aside from enjoying a few games on a championship golf course, families can also learn swing techniques, practice playing strategies and fine tune short game skills, such as putting and chipping, at Al Hamra

Golf Academy. The academy also has an indoor studio where families can take lessons and improve their golf swings with the latest analysis software.

Splurge at the Manar Mall

For the best in retail, fine dining and entertainment for the entire family, be sure to visit Ras Al Khaimah’s Manar Mall, renowned for its striking architecture and diverse offerings. Built on a gorgeous seaside landscape, Manar Mall offers over 120 retail outlets, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating and several playgrounds for children. Along with luxury shopping and gourmet dining, families can also enjoy plenty of exciting activities at the mall’s facilities, including the Grand Manar Cinema, a state of the art seven-screen multiplex, and Fun City, an indoor playground for children featuring thrilling rides, creative games and amusing learning experiences.

If that’s not enough to satisfy your family’s urge to splurge, there are still four other malls to choose from, including the RAK Mall, boasting the first ice skating rink in Ras Al Khaimah; Al Hamra Mall, a premier, two-storey shopping centre in Al Hamra Village; Al Naeem Mall, with over 200 stores to get lost in and Safeer Mall, combining a rustic market atmosphere with modern shopping, dining and entertainment options.

So, the next time you’re planning a fun-filled trip and having trouble finding a destination that appeals to everyone’s tastes, remember that Ras Al Khaimah, with its myriad activities and adventures catered to adults and children alike, takes top of the list for a family-friendly holiday.


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