Uncover the hidden gems of Ras Al Khaimah

04 April 2019

With year-long sunshine and 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches, stunning terracotta deserts and towering mountains, Ras Al Khaimah offers an entirely unique experience from its neighbouring emirates.

Whether you're looking for a leisurely break or something a little more exciting, Ras Al Khaimah offers something for everyone. Choose from adrenaline-fuelled watersports, hiking and desert safaris, luxurious spas, go-karting and much more. Here’s what you can expect on a Ras Al Khaimah getaway.

Enchanting attractions

There is nothing quite like the great outdoors and Ras Al Khaimah will captivate you with its dramatic and diverse landscapes which provide an oasis of exciting, outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.

The Hajar Mountains are the perfect place for a picnic or hike, rewarding their visitors with dramatic canyons and spellbinding views around every corner. Why not embark on an exhilarating mountain bike adventure or, for a more casual pursuit, sleep under the stars at one of many beautiful camping spots?

Just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport and with over 60 kilometres of coastline stretching along the calm, crystal-clear Persian Gulf with ideal water temperatures year-round, it’s no surprise that Ras Al Khaimah is a hotspot for thrilling water sports. Take your pick from scuba diving, jet skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, flyboarding and much more.

Visit Al Marjan Island for its beautiful beaches and a relaxed atmosphere which provides the perfect retreat for those looking to get away from it all. Nature lovers should make a beeline for Mina Al Arab, where nature can be enjoyed in an environmentally sensitive way. Here, you can explore the pearl farm, nature reserves, coastline and wetlands.

Authentic Arabian experiences

The golden-red sands of the Emirates are where you will find authentic Arabian experiences. Let the winds of the desert refresh your mind and cleanse your soul under the starry night sky in one of Ras Al Khaimah's desert camps.

Ras Al Khaimah’s unique terracotta deserts are also one of the most fertile in the region, owing to higher-than-average rainfall. Visitors can get an insight into the life of the Bedouins or take part in a variety of activities including four-wheel drive safaris. Roam the Emirates' landmarks and historical sites, such as Dhayah Fort and Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque, in addition to museums, marinas and natural reserves with expert guides dedicated to sharing with you all their local knowledge and expertise.

Experience the world’s longest zipline

Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais – the highest mountain in the UAE – is home to the world’s longest zipline, where you will reach speeds of between 120-150kph over its 2.8-kilometre course. This action-packed attraction firmly establishes the UAE’s northernmost emirate as the region’s leading active adventure tourism destination.

“The mountain range of Jebel Jais offers myriad adventure activities including mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking and is home to the world’s longest zipline. It is not for the faint of heart as you are launched from the starting point in a horizontal position high above the valley below.”

Natalie, Travel Counsellor

Luxurious accommodation

Authentic and generous hospitality is an essential component of Arabian culture. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or simply a place to rest while you discover Ras Al Khaimah, you will find perfect accommodation choices, whether that is a luxurious five-star hotel or a family-friendly all-inclusive resort. Plan your stay in one of Ras Al Khaimah's iconic luxurious hotels and experience truly royal treatment.

Where to stay: Waldorf Astoria, The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra, The Ritz Carlton Al Wadi

“Ras Al Khaimah is a perfect destination for families as a huge proportion of hotels there are all-inclusive, which is great for youngsters. The great weather year-round is just the icing on the cake.”

Emma, Travel Counsellor

Culinary delights

Ras Al Khaimah’s food scene is an eclectic variety, including everything from traditional cuisine to the finest restaurants. Whether you are looking for an elegant dinner in a five-star hotel or a casual lunch along the Corniche, there is something for every taste and you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Emirates have many bars and watering holes, ranging from sports bars to trendy places specialising in cocktails. There are also a number of cosy lounge bars in which you can just relax and unwind.

 

 

If you are ready to embark on an authentic Arabian experience in Ras Al Khaimah, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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