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Envisage a destination with a reddish soil, enriching mangroves, lively flamingoes, isolated fishing towns, exotic beaches and tantalizing food. If you are imagining it, you're already in Ras Al Khaimah. There are chances, you may have not heard about it. Hence, it's time we get to know this tiny treasure, since holidays in Ras Al Khaimah, very soon will on top the list of thrill-seekers in search for an escapade. It's truly is a great destination for an amazing luxury holiday.
Often referred to as RAK, Ras Al Khaimah is a part of the seven emirates that conjure up to make the UAE. Being a neighbouring country to Oman, Ras Al Khaimah is located an hour away from Dubai and it is definitely much cheaper than Dubai. So, if you are dreaming of an Arabian holiday away from the big crammed cities, this is the place for you.
Though the city has a small airport, there are no direct flights arriving from the UK. British tourists can reach Ras Al Khaimah via the airport of Dubai International Airport and enjoy an easy road transfer. Without making your way through the free-flowing traffic, within an hour you'll reach where your memorable and refreshing holiday awaits.
Peek into the Past
Ras Al Khaimah holidays offers an outlook into the ancient history and the landscape of this region, where age-old remnants and ruins of a Bedouin lifestyle can be found closer to the powdery coastlines and the jagged mountains. While you ponder on the pros and cons and admire the new constructions going around in Ras Al Khaimah, you soon find out that Ras Al Khaimah is an interesting place.
Ravishing Food & Market
Not only the city combines rejuvenating coastlines with the appealing local culture, it also colours a unique picture quite lavish and similar to that of the present UAE with lavish shopping of every kind. Be it malls, open-air markets, traditional bazaars and flea markets, there is no dearth of shopping stores.
The question is, where on earth is Ras Al Khaimah and how does one reach there? The Ras Al Khaimah Emirate nestles further north, closer to Sharjah, Dubai and Ajman. It is mostly accessed through the Dubai travel gateway.
With holidays to Ras Al Khaimah, bird lovers can visit the Falcon Show, one of the most adorable traditions of the UAE, is celebrated with much posh and pomp right in the city of Ras Al Khaimah. The show features hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, kestrels and much more. Cherish shows along with Falconry Tour, their breeding and the rehabilitation centre. It's no doubt, an out-of-the-world experience.
The hotels in Ras Al Khaimah also offer branded as well as local merchandise, gift shops and apparels right inside the hotels. No doubt, hotel shops are as famous as the restaurants themselves, luring not only the hotel guests but outsiders as well.
Things to do
Although, RAK seems unexplored at the present, it will not remain what it is now. It is considered to hold the most amazing scenic sights in the Emirates due to diverse variation and landscapes - deserts, coastal farming and mountains. Although Ras Al Khaimah has not yet experienced the elevation the world has seen regarding Abu Dhabi or Dubai, it has a slow growth of industries. Apart from the commercial aspect of Ras Al Khaimah, there are limitless things to do in Ras Al Khaimah, of course on your holidays to Ras Al Khaimah.
If you wish to step out of RAK, you need to try touring the northern mountains in Dubai. Embarking on this journey towards the lofty mountains is a dream come true when you witness some of the most amazing terrains of the UAE. Travel from your hotel in Dubai in a SUV around 8 AM and head towards the Northern Mountain region. On your way, you will pass the local Camel Race Track, halt at the Falaj Al Mullah oasis and admire the ravishing natural beauty. Leaving the oasis behind head towards Jebel Jais Mountain, the tallest peak of the UAE, rising more than 1900 metres. Your next stop is the iconic Dhayah Fort where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Oasis, the azure waters of the Persian Gulf and the Hajar Mountains. After the wonderful and exhausting tours, proceed to Wadi Shah to relish a mouth-watering lunch.
With holidays in Ras Al Khaimah, enjoy soaring across Dubai's majestic coastal skyline for 30 minutes and soak up the mind-blowing architectural wonders and the stunning desert landscape. The tour takes-off from the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club around 8 AM to 5 PM everyday. Admire the amazing views as you advance from the idyllic city of Ras Al Khaimah on a seaplane. The take-off and the landing is breathtaking and not to be missed.
Touring the city of Ras Al Khaimah is an invigorating experience. Encircled by the imposing Hajar Mountains, RAK boasts of diverse scenery, pristine beaches and rambling oasis. Get a pick up from your hotel and drive for 60 minutes towards Ras Al Khaimah, where you will tour the significant attractions in the city.
Enjoy visiting Al Hisn Fort and the National Museum that holds exceptional fossils and antiques, which is followed by a visit to Al Jazirah Al Hamra, the best preserved fisherman village in the UAE. Do not forget to tour the Falayah Fort, that displays the sheikhdom followed by a delectable lunch in a restaurant. The exciting tour end by being dropped at your hotel.
Those of you planning a trip to Ras Al Khaimah with budget holidays will be excited to learn about more top things you cannot afford to miss in Ras Al Khaimah. Outdoor lovers will surely set out for a safari in the Hajjar Mountains, which is the best way to explore the true charm of Arabian Desert. Soak up and capture the most scenic views while driving along the base of the mountains.
The mountain itself offer undying activities such as biking, rock climbing, mountain biking and mountaineering. On your Cheap Ras Al Khaimah holidays, Go for the Wadi Descent, where adventure lovers are able to enjoy traversing amidst the confined waterways right among the mountains.
Similar to Dubai, you can indulge in some thrilling Dune Bashing in Bassata Desert Village among the enchanting views of the natural reserve. Get an insight into the traditional and primitive Arabian Desert life. For adventure enthusiasts, the village offer dune bashing, sand skiing and camel riding. Those in search for something more traditional can admire henna designing, belly dancing. luscious BBQ dinner and Tanorah dancing.
The Arab Peninsula has a arid, dry parched climate with two key seasons - lengthy summers and short, pleasant winters. With all-year round sunshine, the temperature starts to rise from April. By July, the outdoor temperatures linger in between 30-40 degrees Celsius. If you happen to visit RAK in summers for honeymoon, most of the indoors are air conditioned. For outdoor activity lovers, winters offer an unforgettable time. Hence, with luxury holidays packages to Ras Al Khaimah the best time to visit is in the winter months from November to March. Due to the hot Ras Al Khaimah weather, it is recommended to bring lightweight, linen and cotton clothes. Although you may experience the heat during the day, pack a light jacket to be protected during the night as well as to be covered in the air conditioning indoors.
Renowned as one of the top weekend getaways for locals as well as international travellers, Cheap Ras Al Khaimah holidays offers an amazing contrast to the Hajar Mountains. Not only Ras Al Khaimah offer beauty to the tourists, it also offers excavation sites dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. With its affluent background and urban infrastructure, Ras Al Khaimah is now a top-notch tourist haven.
There are numerous places to visit around this impressive city and bring to you the best places of interest in Ras Al Khaimah.
Situated in the residential fort of the royal dynasty that ruled until 1950, the National Musuem of Ras Al Khaimah is a must-see attraction to marvel at the interesting archaeological discoveries of artefacts, weapons, manuscripts that belonged to the ruling family. The museum also displays the way of life and settlements right from the initial inhabitance.
Offering healing hot water springs towards the castle-looking Hajar Mountains, the Khatt hot springs and its precious stones offer a world to revive and get refreshed with its treatments among the natural environment. With 3 famous hot springs, the Khatt springs offer amazing opportunities for a picnic.
Families with kids can visit the most iconic landmark that rests in the Kieran area of Ras Al Khaimah - the Saqr Park. This grand park offers endless activities and amenities both for kids and families. There can no other way to take your kids outdoors. On your holidays to Ras Al Khaimah, the Saqr Park provides everything from splash rides, roller coasters, electronic card rides and sports complex. Overall, Saqr Park alone offers recreation for the entire day and enjoyment for the whole family.
If archaeological sites evoke your interest, the small village of Shimal located towards north of Ras Al Khaimah will surely entice you. With its Islamic tombs dating back 2000 BC, you will get a feeling of a lost world. You can also explore the Husn al Shimal Fort built in the early start of the Islamic age.
Another magical place to get wet and enjoy your day out is the Iceland Water Park, that offers an affordable yet memorable time out. The ride are amazing and suitable for people of every age. Enjoy water pools, splash rides and entertainment for the whole family.
The Al Sawan Race Track covers an area of 7 miles and crowded by tourists and visitors right from the months of October to April. With holidays in Ras Al Khaimah, you need to come and witness the most illustrious and time-honoured sport of Camel Racing in the Ras Al Khaimah region. You need to see it to believe it that the camels are driven by robots instead of kids and adults.
The city offers a glimpse into the culture and this much-loved sport of the Arabs since ages. There is no such person who is not a lover of the camel racing sport.
The 16th century Dhayah Fort is an impressive structure that faces the gulf. This mud-brick fort was built as a defensive military tower atop a hill facing the mighty gulf. The sad part is, the fort was destroyed during a war in 1890. The left over ruins still draw tourists towards its intriguing history. Pearl industry has been a blooming trade of the UAE till the 19th century until the oils took over. There were professional divers who risked their lives for pearl diving. The occupation is not carried out in a large scale, but the Pearl Museum has done an amazing justice by marvellously showcasing the beginning of the Pearl trade and the equipments that were used for diving in search of pearls.
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Currency: Arab Emirates dirham (AED)
Language: Arabic and English
Time zones: UTC/GMT +4 Accommodation
In the spotless and modern capital of Ras Al Khaimah, mainly towards the south of the city amongst lagoons and marinas, visitors can find a large choice of accommodation and luxury Ras Al Khaimah hotels at the Jazirat Al Hamra. New luxury resorts can be seen up on the artificial atolls of Marjan.
Towards the inland, surrounding the desert oasis, scenic hills and hot springs, Ras Al Khaimah is ready with an array of luxury resorts and camps. Moving towards the city centre, travellers can find international hotel chains and modern midscale hotels, that too, right beside the crystal blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. With Ras Al Khaimah vacation packages, get a taste of high-end beach resorts and several other accommodation facilities around the Al Hamra district.
With Ras Al Khaimah holidays may not be a choice for nightlife. There are not many nightlife options to pursue thrilling nightlife. Most of the hotels in the city have a pub and bar at the lounge, easily accessible to the guests staying as well as outsiders. The bars offer a much elegant and sophisticated atmosphere with musical performances, sport screenings, fests and themed nights.
The food in UAE is hard to resist. With all the top-class chefs and ingredients from all over the world, the choice and the variety is astounding. No doubt, the food and restaurant scene in Ras Al Khaimah is praiseworthy. With an array of restaurants and cuisines, Ras Al Khaimah is gradually turning into a gastronomic city.
Since long, Emirates had adopted Lebanese cuisine, which is widely enjoyed all over the country. With holidays in Ras Al Khaimah you can relish some Brazilian dishes too. Just make yourself comfortable outdoors and relish something of your choice while looking into the ocean. Apart from these, the Mediterranean cuisine is on the rise along with some authentic Japanese dishes too, especially if you are enjoying beach of Ras Al Khaimah.
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