Ras Al Khaimah Holidays
Named the Gulf Tourism Capital in 2020, Ras Al Khaimah promises to take you beyond a traditional journey abroad. With its year-round sunshine, brilliant blue skies and crystal-clear Gulf waters spanning a 64km coastline; a visit to Ras Al Khaimah is a holidaymaker’s dream. In addition to the breath-taking natural beauty this country has to offer, the diversity of attractions is second to none, take a trip to the eternal mountains and discover thousands of rock formations depicting millions of stories. Feeling adventurous? opt for a speedy decent from Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak, via the world’s longest ever zipline – a bucket list activity!
Of course, its not all sprawling beaches and white-knuckle activities, Ras Al Khaimah offers visitors an array of culture and heritage for a truly rounded experience. From visiting the ancient Dhaya Fort to experiencing traditional Arabic falconry, the cultural happenings are both vast and varied, and most definitely not to be missed.
Only a 45-minute drive from the neighbouring emirate Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah offers travellers the natural beauty and culture so many crave, whilst its proximity to the man-made metropolis opens up a variety of modern city marvels visitors may wish to experience whilst on holiday in the UAE. It’s selection of luxury resorts, world-class spas and international gourmet experiences only further validates RAK’s Tourism Capital status and increasing popularity for both GCC nationals and international visitors alike.
Featured Ras Al Khaimah Hotels
Currency: UAE Dirham
Time Difference: GMT + 3 hours
Flight Time From UK: Approximately 8 hours
Weather: Temperatures ranging from 24°C - 45°C
Language: Arabic, with English widely spoken
Ramadan: 13th April – 12th May 2021
Dialling Code: +971
When to Visit
The beauty of a Ras Al Khaimah Holiday is that you are not limited to visiting over a specific period. Its attractive year-round sunshine and subtropical climate means come winter or summer, visitors can escape the unpredictability of UK weather in exchange for guaranteed warmth and little cloud cover. Rain is almost never on the cards; however, it would only be between November and April – this being said, these such months are recommended for visitation as temperatures tend to stay around mid-twenties making it most comfortable for a holiday combining sunbathing, sightseeing and thrill seeking.
This is not to say a holiday to RAK in the summer months is off the cards, we merely recommend copious amount of sunscreen due to temperatures soaring up to 45°C forcing many outdoor activities to close. Benefits of visiting during the months of June – September include less tourism and therefore better prices, and whilst outdoor experiences may be less available, Ras Al Khaimah offers distinctive shopping mall visits, air-conned museums, and waterpark attractions for a just as action-packed holiday.
Hotels in Ras Al Khaimah
There are many types of overnight offerings in Ras Al Khaimah, with more affordable bed and breakfast inns and natures finest Bedouin desert camps to luxury five-star resorts offering private beach access, spacious suites and chalets topped with fantastic amenity options – perfect for family holidays, honeymoons, and group visits alike. Find fantastic seasonal deals and discounts from our selection of showcased hotels providing a variety of features to help maximise your stay in Ras Al Khaimah – some of our favourites include:
- Doubletree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
This exquisite hotel offers guests a unique RAK experience as the first resort to open on the man-made Marjan Island near Al Hamra. As a renowned family-friendly hotel, it caters for children of all ages with a huge selection of kids’ facilities, including supervised outdoor activities, kids’ clubs and most predominately child friendly water sports. The culinary offerings available at Doubletree are extremely diverse, whilst the rooms are spacious and comfortable, each with their own balcony or terrace. Although all the rooms are of high standard with magnificent décor, we would recommend upgrading to the Bay Club rooms to benefit from exclusive beach access and The Bay Club infinity pool.
- Rixos Bab Al Bahr
One of the most popular ultra-all-inclusive resorts in RAK, offering guests 6 restaurants to choose from, numerous beach activities, as well as priority access to RAK’s biggest entertainment events taking place every single day! Rixos Bab Al Bahr is situated on the pristine beach of Al Marjan Island and is known for its first-class aesthetics and functionality combinations. Named as one of RAK’s most prestigious resorts, this hotel would be an ideal choice for couple getaways or honeymoons with its vast selection of adult-only facilities including a mojito bar, exclusive 21+ infinity pool, cigar bar and Inferno night club.
- Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Winner of Trip Advisor’s TravellersChoice Award, Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort is the perfect stay for those who enjoy a game or two. Made up of 181 villas, 75 deluxe rooms and 9 luxury suits this resort offers something for everyone. Its refined style provides guests with 3 restaurants, 2 bars, beach access, multiple pools and unsurprisingly the Al Hamra golf course. Its idyllic beachfront location surrounded by copious green landscape makes for a tranquil stay, perfect for a group golfing holiday or simply a family-friendly respite retreat.
What to Do in The Gulf Tourism Capital
Travel up to speeds of 150kpm when you are propelled from the UAE’s highest peak on the world’s longest zipline. Soar for 2-3 minutes from a height of 1,680 metres above sea level for an adrenaline inducing thrill and ultimate bucket-list experience.
- Showka Mountain Biking
Along with a variety of other activities available in the expansive RAK desert, Showka Bicycles takes guests on a fast-based mountain biking adventure, perfectly suited to the regional terrain. Explore fascinating trails and get your blood pumping with this exhilarating activity.
- Water Sports
Due to its numerous beaches and modern equipment, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect location for trying your hand at water sports. Learn how to scuba dive, sail, water-ski or paraglide on your visit and make it a holiday to remember.
- RAK Track
RAK Track is an exciting new feature of the emirate, a karting track inviting guests to experience both hire and professional racing karts. Suitable for adults and children alike this is a must-do activity the whole family will enjoy.
- Ice Land Water Park
Featuring the world's tallest water slide, Ice Land Water Park has more than 103,000 square acres or water attractions, slides, Tundra Baths, and penguins. As the UAE’s largest waterpark, it promises the ideal day trip for families with varying slide types and exciting water-based activities.
- Flamingo Beach
The perfect chill-out location, surrounded by trendy cafes and restaurants, flamingo beach offers a stunning seaside sunspot just a few minutes’ drive away from the city centre. Its name comes from its two giant flamingo statues and is one of the most visited beach in Ras Al Khaimah, despite its smaller beachfront.
- Spa Trips
Many of the top-tier hotels in RAK house sensational spa facilities available to the public. The Anjana Spa by Rixos Bab Al Bahr redefines luxury claiming it is a sanctuary for the mind body and soul. Similarly, The Rainforest at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel is the ultimate destination for relaxation and recuperation, with signature holistic treatments renowned for spiritual renewal.
- Suwaidi Pearl Farm
Visit the Suwaidi Pearl Farm and embrace an age-old experience for which Ras Al Khaimah is renowned for. Situated at the foot of the Hajjar Mountains in the small fishing village of Al Rams, the pearl farm offers visitors a range of activities and experiences guiding guests through the historic natural formation of pearls to the modern-day techniques used in the region today.
- Al Jazirah Al Hamra
One of RAK’s last traditional towns still intact, this is a cultural wonder and a must visit of the region. This ancient town is most known for its collection of abandon houses including a mosque many have said to be haunted, giving rise to the nickname: Ghost Town of Ras Al Khaimah.
- Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque
After excavations discovered an original mosque stood in place of the current structure, many renovations took place to remove modern additions and restore traditional features including authentic plaster in layer technique, and the reconstruction of the original minara. This archaeological masterpiece encapsulates ancient Ras Al Khaimah heritage and is a cultural must-see.
Ras Al Khaimah Cuisine
Guests in Ras Al Khaimah will enjoy the culinary influences of Arabic, India, Chinese and European cultures and abundant fresh seafood, fine wines, and local delicacies. Area hotels offer gourmet dining of the highest calibre, and some resorts take sustainability to a new level by offering to prepare the fish that you caught or bought at one of the local fish markets. Open-air dining experiences and beach barbecues are common tourist attractions whilst dinning in this emirate, whilst local Emirati food features Lebanese and Indian influences in dishes such as curries, hummus, falafel, kebabs, and biryani.
Jebel Jais World's Longest Zipline
Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais – the longest mountain in the UAE, is home to the world’s highest zipline……a bucket list attraction for the UAE and the world. The zip line will propel the UAE’s most northern emirate into the major leagues of global adventure tourism and cements Jebel Jais as the region’s leading active adventure tourism destination.
Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies will travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais Mountain.
The experience will see contestant fitted with a special harness for the adventure, with the longest flight itself taking around 2 to 3 minutes. Once finished, guests will finish the bucket list flight on a suspended landing platform where they will be transferred to a second line to complete their trip back to the ground.