Arabian Sun and Sand
Nestled between the Persian Gulf and Al Hajar Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah offers Arabian sun, crystal clear waters and 64 kilomtetres of sandy shores. In particular, the man-made Al Marjan Island is a hub for breathtaking beaches, as well as luxury resorts, world-class hotels, five-star facilities and kids’ clubs. The best time to visit is in autumn or winter because while temperatures drop in the UK, they usually maintain around 25°C in Ras Al Khaimah—perfect weather for a swim.
Water Sports Galore
Aside from relaxing in the sand, there are plenty of ways to cool off in Ras Al Khaimah. Fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing and jet skiing are popular pastimes, as is spending a day at the Ice Land Water Park, where water rides and slides offer endless fun for toddlers, children and the young at heart.
On dry land, Ras Al Khaimah’s terracotta desert begs to be explored. Families can meet horses and ride camels at the Equestrian Adventure Centre, spot gazelles and oryx roaming about the landscape or witness high-speed falcons, owls and birds in action at Banyan Tree Al Wadi’s very own nature reserve.
At Ras Al Khaimah’s Bassata Desert Village, surfing on sand dunes is just one of the many thrilling activities for families to try. You can also spend quality time with loved ones at a traditional barbecue before settling in for an evening of Arabic entertainment at a Bedouin Oasis Camp.
In Ras Al Khaimah, the Al Hajar Mountains are the perfect place for a family picnic or hike, highlighted by bold canyons and impressive views around every corner. For a real challenge, take a trek up to the summit of UAE’s tallest peak, Jebel Jais, which stands 1,934 metres tall. Biking and camping are just as fun when it comes to mountain adventures. As the Arabian sun fades into the horizon, prepare to be wowed by Ras Al Khaimah’s sparkling night sky, which offers a jaw-dropping stargazing experience unlike any other.
A World of Culture
With over 7,000 years of history to its name, Ras Al Khaimah has no shortage of cultural attractions to explore. Dhayah Fort, a 16th-century tower, is sure to impress military buffs in the family, and the nearby Ras Al Khaimah National Museum provides a great way for visitors of all ages to learn about traditional life in the emirate. The museum also hosts one of the largest collections of historical artefacts and items in the UAE.
Alternatively, families can catch a city tour for an entertaining and educational ride around Ras Al Khaimah. You can even stop at the old souk along the way, where you’ll find genuine merchandise and souvenirs ranging from Arabian spices and authentic crafts to silk pashminas and leather goods.
Fun for Everyone
What more can you ask for in a holiday destination? Well, in Ras Al Khaimah there is still so much to see and do.
For families with young children, Saqr Park is always a popular destination, presenting visitors with lush greenery and scenic views along with amusement rides and arcade games.
At Ras Al Khaimah’s premier go karting facility, RAK TRAK, families can experience the thrill of top speeds in racing karts and even two-seater karts.
If you love to shop, Ras Al Khaimah offers a selection of malls to splurge at. Try the RAK Mall for exciting activities and modern facilities, including an expansive entertainment centre, an indoor football court and an ice skating rink. There is also Al Hamra Mall, Al Naeem Mall, Manar Mall and Safeer Mall to check out, so you can be sure to find what you’re looking for.
Whatever you may enjoy, the UAE’s northernmost emirate is sure to have it. Come for winter sun, embark on authentic Arabian adventures and indulge in family fun, all in one place: Ras Al Khaimah.
Where to Stay
Ras Al Khaimah offers a range of hotels and accommodations to suit any taste and budget.
At the Cove Rotana, families can enjoy a family brunch, an all you can eat buffet, free flowing bubbles and kids entertainment every Friday from 12:30 to 4 pm for just 269 aed per adult. DoubleTree Marjan Island overlooks the beach and offers all you can eat Italian food and free flowing beverages for only 180 aed per adult. And for the best kids’ clubs in town, you can’t go wrong with Rixos Bab Al Bahr, the Hilton or the Waldorf Astoria.
How to Get There
Qatar Airways offers flights to Ras Al Khaimah with services available from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburg via Doha. From UK airports, you can also choose from a range of airlines for flights to Dubai International Airport, with Ras Al Khaimah just a 45-minute car ride away.
Learn more about Ras Al Khaimah at www.rasalkahimahtourism.com.