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Located on the northernmost point of the United Arab Emirates, Ras al Khaimah is a little-known gem combining past and present. Affectionately known as RAK, this exciting destination offers all kind of holidays, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an action-packed adventure. Although the beaches may be this Emirate’s main draw, there are a whole host of reasons to book a holiday to Ras al Khaimah – from the endless desert activities and the world’s longest zip-line, to the soaring mountain landscapes.

While Dubai may be considered the region’s most popular Emirate for visitors, Ras al Khaimah offers a compact, fascinating and less expensive option. You’ll be nicely tucked away from the hustle and bustle but, when you do want to explore, Dubai is just a short taxi ride away.

A large majority of Ras al Khaimah hotels are on Marjan Island, where you’ll have easy access to a range of both high-octane and relaxed watersports, including paddle-boarding, jet-skiing and banana boating. Further afield, you’ll find the mysterious terracotta desert and the soaring Hajar Mountains, which are home to the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais. All this, combined with an eclectic dining scene and a wide choice of shopping malls and markets, means you’re sure to have an unforgettable holiday in Ras al Khaimah.

Beyond the region’s remarkable natural surroundings is a beguiling culture that has been shaped over a number of centuries. Throughout history, RAK formed the centre of an important region for trade and markets, with archaeological excavations revealing an advanced civilisation dating back to 5,000 B.C. You will have the chance to discover a world completely removed from your own, as well as finding out more about the various tribes that populate the region, providing an insight into the Ras al Khaimah’s rich cultural heritage.

Things to do

Jebel Jais

Desert adventures

Best time to go

Things to do in Ras al Khaimah

Despite being the new kid on the block in terms of tourism, Ras al Khaimah is rapidly growing to become a popular destination, thanks to the array of things to see and do here.

About 64 kilometres of gleaming coastline provide some stunning beaches, from the trendy vibe of Flamingo Beach to the mountain-backed beach of Al Rams. If you’re looking for more simply sunbathing, there are a whole host of modern watersports facilities available for scuba diving, sailing, water-skiing, parasailing and fishing.

 

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Camel racing is deeply ingrained in Middle Eastern culture, so no trip to Ras al Khaimah is truly complete without seeing it for yourself. The Al Sawan camel race track is the most popular, drawing large crowds during the winter race season. Held at weekends, it is a real cultural experience and gives you a good insight into the Emirate’s heritage.

 

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Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais forms part of the majestic Hajar mountain range and is the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a world of adventure in its own right, with activities ranging from guided hiking and exhilarating bike rides, to unforgettable camping.

 

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But the main attraction is undoubtedly the world’s longest zip-line. It stretches nearly three kilometres in length, and you’ll reach a speed of 100 miles per hour as you zoom along. The journey down promises unrivalled views across the craggy landscape, not to mention guaranteed thrills.

If you’re looking for a more laidback experience, the Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park offers the perfect setting to unwind, while admiring the superb vistas of the Arabian Gulf and Hajar Valley through binoculars. It is also a great place to grab some refreshments and watching the adrenaline-junkie zip-liners whiz past on their way down.

 

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Desert adventures

If, when you think of Ras al Khaimah, you conjure images of Bedouin-style tents in the desert and spending the night under open star-lit skies, then you’re on the right track.

The desert in Ras al Khaimah is a magical place and one that’s ripe for exploring. From riding on camelback to alfresco dining at the Bedouin Oasis Camp, you are sure to come away from the desert with a fascinating tale and a burning desire to return.

 

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Dune bashing is also a popular activity in the desert. You’ll have the chance to ride across the undulating, red glowing sand dunes in a 4x4. This fun activity offers the perfect balance of thrills and scenery, as you race around this stunning desert landscape.

 

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Best time to visit Ras al Khaimah

Ras al Khaimah enjoys a warm, sub-tropical climate all-year-round, so it can be tempting to assume that you can visit anytime. However, temperatures in the summer can soar to highs of 45°C and humidity reaches its peak, so these scorching months are best avoided.

 

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The best time for your Ras al Khaimah holiday – if you want to make the most of the beaches and sightseeing – is during the winter months, between November and April. At this time of year, temperatures hover around the mid-twenties mark, making for a much more pleasant trip, whether you’re embarking on a tour of the desert, hiking up a mountain or enjoying a spot of alfresco dining. The sea temperature remains warm throughout the year, providing the perfect conditions for activities on the water without the need for a wetsuit.

 

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Things to do

Things to do in Ras al Khaimah

Despite being the new kid on the block in terms of tourism, Ras al Khaimah is rapidly growing to become a popular destination, thanks to the array of things to see and do here.

About 64 kilometres of gleaming coastline provide some stunning beaches, from the trendy vibe of Flamingo Beach to the mountain-backed beach of Al Rams. If you’re looking for more simply sunbathing, there are a whole host of modern watersports facilities available for scuba diving, sailing, water-skiing, parasailing and fishing.

 

Show More
Show Less

Camel racing is deeply ingrained in Middle Eastern culture, so no trip to Ras al Khaimah is truly complete without seeing it for yourself. The Al Sawan camel race track is the most popular, drawing large crowds during the winter race season. Held at weekends, it is a real cultural experience and gives you a good insight into the Emirate’s heritage.

 

Show More
Show Less

Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais forms part of the majestic Hajar mountain range and is the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a world of adventure in its own right, with activities ranging from guided hiking and exhilarating bike rides, to unforgettable camping.

 

Show More
Show Less

But the main attraction is undoubtedly the world’s longest zip-line. It stretches nearly three kilometres in length, and you’ll reach a speed of 100 miles per hour as you zoom along. The journey down promises unrivalled views across the craggy landscape, not to mention guaranteed thrills.

If you’re looking for a more laidback experience, the Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park offers the perfect setting to unwind, while admiring the superb vistas of the Arabian Gulf and Hajar Valley through binoculars. It is also a great place to grab some refreshments and watching the adrenaline-junkie zip-liners whiz past on their way down.

 

Show More
Show Less

Desert adventures

Desert adventures

If, when you think of Ras al Khaimah, you conjure images of Bedouin-style tents in the desert and spending the night under open star-lit skies, then you’re on the right track.

The desert in Ras al Khaimah is a magical place and one that’s ripe for exploring. From riding on camelback to alfresco dining at the Bedouin Oasis Camp, you are sure to come away from the desert with a fascinating tale and a burning desire to return.

 

Show More
Show Less

Dune bashing is also a popular activity in the desert. You’ll have the chance to ride across the undulating, red glowing sand dunes in a 4x4. This fun activity offers the perfect balance of thrills and scenery, as you race around this stunning desert landscape.

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Ras al Khaimah

Ras al Khaimah enjoys a warm, sub-tropical climate all-year-round, so it can be tempting to assume that you can visit anytime. However, temperatures in the summer can soar to highs of 45°C and humidity reaches its peak, so these scorching months are best avoided.

 

Show More
Show Less

The best time for your Ras al Khaimah holiday – if you want to make the most of the beaches and sightseeing – is during the winter months, between November and April. At this time of year, temperatures hover around the mid-twenties mark, making for a much more pleasant trip, whether you’re embarking on a tour of the desert, hiking up a mountain or enjoying a spot of alfresco dining. The sea temperature remains warm throughout the year, providing the perfect conditions for activities on the water without the need for a wetsuit.

 

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Jebel Jais

This peak is the perfect spot to enjoy a range of adrenaline-pumping activities, including zip-lining, thrilling bike rides and scenic hikes.

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Ras al Khaimah Beach

Within close proximity to the city, Ras al Khaimah Beach is a great place to unwind and spend time sitting in one of the traditional cafes nearby.

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Dhayah Fort

Built in the 16th century, this is the highest fort in the UAE and the last bastion to the British expedition in their long war against the Al Qawasim tribe.

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Al Hamra Mall

From fine-dining restaurants to the kids’ fun zone, Al Hamra Mall is the ideal place for a spot of retail therapy on your Ras al Khaimah holiday.

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque

One of the most recognisable landmarks in the region, this architectural behemoth looks even better at night when it’s lit up.
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