October half term is always a week that everybody looks forward to: School is out, the whole family is together and there’s still a little time left before the winter weather rolls in. It’s the perfect opportunity to take a holiday break. The only difficult part is finding a destination that’s truly family-friendly. Fortunately, Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s northernmost emirate, stands out as the perfect place to visit during this time of the year as it offers Arabian sun and sand, thrilling activities, rich culture and fun for all ages.  Read on to learn more about the exciting activities on offer in the area as well as the best half term deals available.

Half Term Sun and Sand

With the Arabian Gulf on one side and the Al Hajar Mountains on the other, Ras Al Khaimah presents spectacular sights no matter where you look. The destination also offers year-round sun, crystal clear waters and 64 kilomtetres of sandy shores. In particular, the man-made Al Marjan Island and the nearby Al Hamra Village are the spectacular new and trendy hubs for breathtaking beaches, as well as luxury resorts, world-class hotels, five-star facilities and kids’ clubs. In October, temperatures in Ras Al Khaimah usually stay between 20 and 30 °C, which is perfect weather for swimming, water sports or enjoying a day at the Ice Land Water Park, where rides and slides offer a great day out for the whole family.

For just £599.96 per person, Travelbag offers six nights’ accommodation at the Doubletree by Hilton – Ras Al Khaimah and flights with Turkish Airlines. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/erWzp8.

The Lure of Adventure

In addition to gorgeous beaches, Ras Al Khaimah presents no shortage of exciting activities and adventures. If your family prefers to be out on the open sea, there’s always fishing, parasailing and jet skiing to enjoy. Snorkelling or scuba diving with sea turtles, sting rays and marine life is an equally safe bet for a good time no matter how old you are.

On dry land, Ras Al Khaimah’s terracotta desert beckons families to discover its wonders. Kids will love meeting horses and riding camels at the Equestrian Adventure Centre or interacting with wildlife and witnessing high-speed birds in flight at a dedicated desert nature reserve.  While you’re at it, spend a magical night by a roaring campfire at the Bedouin Oasis Camp, which provides an authentic recreation of traditional Bedouin life complete with goat’s hair tents, soft cushions on the warm sand, a delicious barbecue and a full schedule of entertainment. Another amazing desert experience can be had at the Bassata Desert Village, where families can partake in dune bashing, sand surfing, belly dancing and much more.

Meanwhile in the Al Hajar Mountains, families can hike up to the summit of UAE’s tallest peak, Jebel Jais, which stands 1,934 metres tall and stays 10 degrees cooler than sea level. A day spent day biking, camping, climbing or picnicking is just as fun when it comes to mountain adventures in Ras Al Khaimah.

Thomas Cook offers seven nights’ accommodation at Bin Majid Beach Hotel and flights with Qantas Airways from just £1,013 per person. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/0jVSxL.

A Taste of History

Boasting over 7,000 years of history and heritage, Ras Al Khaimah is sure to provide enough sites and attractions for even the most avid culture lovers in your family. Military buffs will definitely want to take a trip to Dhayah Fort, a 16th-century tower and one of the last military fortifications left standing in the UAE. Just minutes away is the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum, which provides a great way for visitors of all ages to learn about traditional life in the emirate. For families that want experience local life during their half term holiday, a trip to Ras Al Khaimah’s Old Town is in order, as open-air marketplaces sell everything from genuine souvenirs and authentic crafts to Arabian herbs and spices. 

Book with Letsgo2 for an all-inclusive holiday in Ras Al Khaimah from just £1,004, based on seven nights’ accommodation at Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort and flights with Royal Brunei. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/dOyxfz.

Learn more about Ras Al Khaimah at www.rasalkahimahtourism.com.

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About Ras Al Khaimah

One of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world, Ras Al Khaimah boasts a rich culture and long-standing history, dating back 5,000 years, showcased by an array of archaeological sites and breathtaking natural vistas, from golden sand beaches, awe-inspiring terracotta dunes and a green belt of date palms to Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.

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