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FAMILY FUN IN RAS AL KHAIMAH

Family holidays in Ras Al Khaimah are a breeze. You’re guaranteed sunshine, endless activities and a wide range of entertainment. Plus, there’s a selections of all-inclusive hotels on hand to make your stay easy and care-free. Choose the right resort and you won’t even need to leave the grounds, if you don’t want to. You can spend your days splashing in the sea and trying all sorts of watersports, ranging from chilled-out kayaking to the high-speed thrills of a jet-ski. Inflatable waterparks offer fun for the whole family, while Ras Al Khaimah’s string of shipwrecks create a magical underwater world where you can snorkel or swim among rays and sea turtles.

 

When you do finally manage to drag yourself away from your hotel, you’ll find plenty to do on your Ras Al Khaimah family holiday. Kids and adults alike will love the high-altitude adventures of Jebel Jais Adventure Park. This place is home to the world’s longest zip-line, as well as climbing and platform activities for kids of all ages. Alternatively, if your little ones would prefer to keep their feet on the ground, there are more than 1,200 metres of hiking trails waiting to be discovered.

 

Want to explore in a different way? You can ride through the desert on horses or camels, following in the footsteps of the region’s ancient communities. Or the whole family can hop in a 4x4 and rumble across the rugged off-round mountain terrain, or go on a dune-bashing safari over the undulating sands of the UAE’s rollercoaster-like landscape.

 

If you’re a family of history-lovers, make sure you also check out time-stamped attractions like Dhayah Fort, Suwaidi Pearls and the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. And you can uncover the UAE’s age-old cultures through falconry experiences, or a night beneath the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp. However you want to spend your time, our Travel Specialists will help you plan the perfect trip.

Family attractions

Outdoor adventures

Water activities

Best time to go

Family attractions

Ras Al Khaimah has loads of family attractions – big and small – to suit every taste. Animal-lovers can get up close with 40 rare, wild and endangered species at RAK Zoo, or go horse-riding across the desert from Al Wadi Equestrian Center. Elsewhere, you can immerse yourself in nature as you kayak through rich mangroves.

If you’re travelling with younger children, Saqr Park offers specially created children’s play areas and family arcades. And Al Marjan Island is the ideal family day out. Here, you can stroll along a seaside boardwalk, play on powdery beaches, or let the kids run wild at the play areas. Or, if you want to explore the island further, why not hire bikes – either pedal-power or electric – and go on a family bike ride?

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Outdoor adventures

From the desert to the mountains, there’s no end to outdoor adventures for families in Ras Al Khaimah. If you’re travelling with teens, head to Jebel Jais Adventure Park. This place offers loads of hiking trails and a variety of climbing and zip-line activities, ranging from a 10-metre-high course of ropes and platforms, to the world’s longest zip-line. Alternatively, get your adrenaline pumping when you try go-karting at RAK Track.

Out on the sands, meanwhile, you can all climb into a 4x4 for a thrilling dune-bashing ride. Why not round off your day in the desert at a Bedouin camp? Enjoy a barbecue under the stars, ride a camel, and enjoy some cultural entertainment. Visitors of all ages can also learn about the proud history of falconry, and see the mastery of these majestic birds first-hand.

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Water activities

Most family hotels in Ras Al Khaimah offer a range of watersports. You can go for a gentle kayak or hop on a stand-up paddle-board, or try windsurfing, water-skiing, and jet-skiing. There are different options available for kids and adults, so everyone can enjoy an easy day on the water. You can even visit waterparks in other resorts, as day passes are often available for non-guests. Or head to Fly Fish Watersports on Al Marjan Island.

You’ll also find a selection of floating water parks in the shallow waters of the Gulf, alongside golden beaches. Want to discover an underwater world? Several sunken shipwrecks off the coast are home to marine life of all kinds, creating an enchanting place for snorkellers or scuba divers. You can swing among rays, sea turtles and lots of tropical fish.  

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Best time to visit Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is just a seven-hour flight from the UK, making it ideal for a family holiday during half term in February and October. Longer trips during the Easter school holidays are also very popular, when temperatures are usually around 30°C. Likewise, you could soak up some winter sun during a festive break for Christmas and New Year. The beauty of Ras Al Khaimah is that sun is guaranteed all year round, and even the cooler months rarely see daytime temperatures drop below 20°C.

The British school summer holidays are when Ras Al Khaimah is at its hottest. Temperatures in July and August range between 35°C and 45°C, so you may wish to avoid travelling at this time, especially with very young children.

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Family attractions

Family attractions

Ras Al Khaimah has loads of family attractions – big and small – to suit every taste. Animal-lovers can get up close with 40 rare, wild and endangered species at RAK Zoo, or go horse-riding across the desert from Al Wadi Equestrian Center. Elsewhere, you can immerse yourself in nature as you kayak through rich mangroves.

If you’re travelling with younger children, Saqr Park offers specially created children’s play areas and family arcades. And Al Marjan Island is the ideal family day out. Here, you can stroll along a seaside boardwalk, play on powdery beaches, or let the kids run wild at the play areas. Or, if you want to explore the island further, why not hire bikes – either pedal-power or electric – and go on a family bike ride?

Show More
Show Less

Outdoor adventures

Outdoor adventures

From the desert to the mountains, there’s no end to outdoor adventures for families in Ras Al Khaimah. If you’re travelling with teens, head to Jebel Jais Adventure Park. This place offers loads of hiking trails and a variety of climbing and zip-line activities, ranging from a 10-metre-high course of ropes and platforms, to the world’s longest zip-line. Alternatively, get your adrenaline pumping when you try go-karting at RAK Track.

Out on the sands, meanwhile, you can all climb into a 4x4 for a thrilling dune-bashing ride. Why not round off your day in the desert at a Bedouin camp? Enjoy a barbecue under the stars, ride a camel, and enjoy some cultural entertainment. Visitors of all ages can also learn about the proud history of falconry, and see the mastery of these majestic birds first-hand.

Show More
Show Less

Water activities

Water activities

Most family hotels in Ras Al Khaimah offer a range of watersports. You can go for a gentle kayak or hop on a stand-up paddle-board, or try windsurfing, water-skiing, and jet-skiing. There are different options available for kids and adults, so everyone can enjoy an easy day on the water. You can even visit waterparks in other resorts, as day passes are often available for non-guests. Or head to Fly Fish Watersports on Al Marjan Island.

You’ll also find a selection of floating water parks in the shallow waters of the Gulf, alongside golden beaches. Want to discover an underwater world? Several sunken shipwrecks off the coast are home to marine life of all kinds, creating an enchanting place for snorkellers or scuba divers. You can swing among rays, sea turtles and lots of tropical fish.  

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is just a seven-hour flight from the UK, making it ideal for a family holiday during half term in February and October. Longer trips during the Easter school holidays are also very popular, when temperatures are usually around 30°C. Likewise, you could soak up some winter sun during a festive break for Christmas and New Year. The beauty of Ras Al Khaimah is that sun is guaranteed all year round, and even the cooler months rarely see daytime temperatures drop below 20°C.

The British school summer holidays are when Ras Al Khaimah is at its hottest. Temperatures in July and August range between 35°C and 45°C, so you may wish to avoid travelling at this time, especially with very young children.

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