Ras Al Khaimah Holidays

"Ras Al Khaimah feels a world away from the glitz of nearby Dubai, offering beautiful sands, outdoor adventures, dramatic landscapes and a true taste of Emirati life"

With a name which translates to 'the top of the tent' or 'the tent point' due to its location at the northernmost tip of the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah offers many of the same modern attractions and top-class resorts that visitors to the United Arab Emirates are looking for but also provides a sense of what this corner of the Arab world was like before the oil boom transformed the region forever. Less than an hour from Dubai International Airport and offering some of the most pristine picture-perfect beaches to be found anywhere in the emirates, it's easy to see why more and more holidaymakers are falling for it's laid-back charms and relaxed atmosphere. The rugged Hajar mountains, with the magnificent peak of Jebel Jais, the highest point of the UAE, form the dramatic backdrop to unforgettable family beach escapes, outdoor adventures and traditional towns and villages as well as being home to the world's longest and most spectacular zipwire, perfect for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies.


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Ras Al Khaimah Travel Guide

At A Glance:

  • Airports: Ras Al Khaimah Airport (RKT)
  • Avg. Flight Time: 7 Hours
  • Avg. Temperature: 30°C
  • Avg. Transfer Time: 45 Minutes
  • Time Zone: GMT +4
  • Currency: UAE Dirhams
  • Language: Arabic
  • Population: 115,000

Ras Al Khaimah inFocus


The northernmost of the seven emirates of the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah has a varied landscape of rugged mountains, terracotta deserts and over 60km of immaculate sandy beaches. jebel Jais, the UAE's highest peak sits in the majestic hajar mountains which attracts visitors looking to explore the incredible vistas and plentiful adventure activities on offer as well as enjoying the milder temperatures - around ten degrees cooler on average than lowland areas - during the hottest seasons of the year.


The UAE has an arid desert climate that makes it sunny and hot throughout the year. It only gets around 12 centimetres of rain per year, meaning that you won’t have to worry about getting wet during your holiday. The best time to visit are in Spring and Autumn, when the temperatures are around 25 degrees and it is not outrageously hot. In the summer they can scale 42 degrees, making it difficult to explore all the wonders that the kingdom has to offer.

History & Culture

For most of its history, Ras Al Khaimah was part of the Sharjah emirate, until it's recognition as a separate state just over a century ago and its membership of the United Arab Emirates in 1972. Many of the UAE's crops including dates, bananas and citrus fruits are grown here and for a long time the region was famed for its pearl industry.

Family Activities

Families will not be short of things to do in Ras Al Khaimah, whatever the age or preference. The world's longest zipline, Jebel Flight, and the Jais Sky Tour offer truly unforgettable experiences for adrenaline junkies whilst the emirate's traditional trade of pearl harvesting can be discovered by spending a slightly more sedate visit to the Suwaidi Pearl Farm. there are desert camps, jeep safaris and outdoor adventures galore as well as top-class golf courses and luxury spa facilities for relaxation and pampering.

Tours & Attractions

Ras Al Khaimah has plenty of traditional and historical sites and attractions which offer a taste of the history and culture of the region before the boom times of the 2oth Century. The UNESCO World Heritage nominated Dhayah Fort has become an iconic monument, sitting atop a conical shaped hill in a lush green oasis. The Al Jazeera Al Hamra is the only traditional pearling village that remains in the whole of the Gulf region with an open-air museum and historic buildings to explore. Away from the historical attractions, the state-of-the art Al Qawasim Corniche is a beautiful three-kilometre waterfront promenade lined with restaurants, parks and cafes which winds its way through lush mangroves and sandy beaches.


There are plenty of restaurants, bars and entertainment centres across the emirate, particularly in the capital of Ras Al Khaimah City.


Ras Al Khaimah has a number of impressive malls and shopping centres offering family entertainment and dining options as well as some of the best retail opportunities to be found. RAK Mall, AL Hamra Mall, manar Mall and Al Naeem Mall are amongst the most popular and there are plenty of opportunities to also discover the work of some of the region's more traditional artisans, craftsmen and makers.

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