Do you want to spend your next well-deserved holiday in the UAE? Ras Al Khaimah, the capital and largest city of the country, might just be the right place. Discover why Ras Al Khaimah should be the next stop on your travel bucket list with our comprehensive guide below:
Why should I choose to visit Ras Al Khaimah?
The Emirate is well known for its beautiful beaches, extraordinary history, and incredible tourism attractions. With over 64km of beaches, you won’t be short on white sand, and the turquoise sea making it a luxurious Middle Eastern holiday destination. Ras Al Khaimah is also featured in the Guinness World Records for holding the record of the longest zip wire - who doesn’t want to tick that off their bucket list? The zip line is situated in a mountainous desert and is 1.76 miles long; for reference, this is the length of 31 football pitches. If you manage to go on this zip wire, expect to reach a speed of up to 93 miles per hour, it’s certainly one for the adrenaline junkies looking for an adventure filled holiday.
When is the best time to visit Ras Al Khaimah?
The best time to visit Ras Al Khaimah is during the winter which lasts from December to March. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-twenties during winter, providing the perfect weather for exploring the city and its surroundings. However, if you prefer a (much) warmer holiday, temperatures can reach around 43 degrees Celsius during the summer months between June and September, don’t be put off though, whilst some of the outdoor activities may be closed during this time, there are plenty of air-conditioned indoor options to try.
Once in a lifetime historical viewing of Suwaidi Pearls
Ras Al Khaimah is renowned for its astonishing history and rich culture. Pearling (diving or fishing for pearl oysters) was a very important industry in Ras Al Khaimah for centuries, being the main occupation for many before oil and gas were discovered. The pearling industry made Ras Al Khaimah one of the busiest ports in the region. When visiting Ras Al Khaimah, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to embark on an eye-opening journey aboard a traditional fishing boat which will take you through the pearling journey at Suwaidi Pearls Farm. You can even open oysters here to find pearls on the farm and the friendly staff will educate you on the history and regional practises within the pearling industry – a total must do when visiting the diverse emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
Dubai vs Ras Al Khaimah
When visiting the United Arab Emirates, most people book Dubai as it is known for its luxurious scenery, high-profile restaurants, and glitzy hotels; however, this means it can be an extremely expensive holiday. Ras Al Khaimah allows you to experience the beautiful country of the UAE but at a more affordable price. Situated in the north of the country it is only a two-hour drive to Abu Dhabi and a one-hour transfer to Dubai. This allows you to have the best of both worlds by being placed in the heart of the country with easy access to explore more than one emirate during your holiday. When you chose to visit Ras Al Khaimah, you will experience a truly authentic Arabian experience and some world class resorts for a fraction of the price of a Dubai holiday.
Where to stay in Ras Al Khaimah?
One of our favourite reasons to visit this beautiful emirate is its affordable accommodation options. Whilst prices are much cheaper than its neighbouring emirates, the standards are just as high with a wide selection of award-winning luxury hotels and resorts with ample options for families, groups and couples alike. For those looking for ultra-added-value, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island is a superb option, with our unique All Inclusive “Be Exclusive” A La Carte Dine Around in all restaurants offering making for a truly magical stay. Another popular choice is Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, a great option for those travelling as a family with an extensive choice of on-site activities and located next to a 300m long soft sand beach. Our final recommendation for those looking to visit Ras Al Khaimah is Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island located just 700m from it’s sister resort DoubleTree. This hotel provides a full-service offering, think gym, fitness centre and wellness club along with dedicated kids club and pools - there really is something for everyone.
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There’s no better way to start a new year than booking a holiday, so why not make the destination Ras Al Khaimah? The destination offers all inclusive, half board, and self-catering options making it a perfect holiday for both families and couples to embark on. If you book a holiday to RAK- your holiday is sure to be full of exquisite cuisine, an incredible variety of adventure and you’re sure to learn a great deal of the history during your stay. Looking to book your Ras Al Khaimah getaway? Request a quote today and our travel experts will be in touch to help craft your dream adventure with tons of added value.