The northernmost Emirate of the UAE is also its most picturesque. Surrounded by sea, desert and mountains this land boasts a plethora of white beaches, blue sea, lush green plains, a series of creeks and lagoons, thermal springs, rugged mountains and red dunes.
Ras Al Khaimah's relatively undiscovered beaches are sublime stretches of sun-kissed sands bordering the lovely warm waters of the Arabian Gulf. The private beaches belonging to the resort hotels are particularly hard to beat and many boast natural lagoons where all manner of watersports can be enjoyed from parasailing to banana boat rides and jet skiing, along with snorkelling and diving.
Local museums and forts provide visitors with a glimpse of the Emirate's cultural life, history and heritage, which is rooted in a long tradition of literary work, camel races, falconry, traditional artwork, fishing, pearl farming and the cultural exchange brought about by trade routes. Notable sights include the 16th century Dhayah Fort, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque and the abandoned fishing village of Jazirat Al Hamra.
Whether you're looking for complete relaxation or an adrenaline rush, you won't be disappointed. The desert and mountains are ideal for safaris, nature trails and 4x4 dune bashing, alternatively there are two championship golf courses, horse riding, archery, hiking and go karting. The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert also has a wonderfully luxuriant spa set within the most opulent desert surroundings, so why not spoil yourself?
Those in need of some retail therapy will find some great malls offering a blend of shopping, entertainment and dining options, including Al Hamra Mall, RAK Mall and Manar Mall. For more traditional shopping, there are souks and markets with an array of goods to browse and buy.
If you're intrigued by this picture perfect Emirate let Premier Holidays create the perfect Ras Al Khaimah holiday for you…
GMT +4 hours
For Ras Al Khaimah, fly from the UK to Dubai which takes approximately 7 hours. It is then 45 minutes drive from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah.
Ras Al Khaimah enjoys virtually guaranteed year-round sunshine. Between December to February temperatures average in the mid-20sºC, rising up into the 30s from March to April and again from October to November. While the scorching temperatures between May-September may be too much for some (usually in excess of 40ºC), it’s one of the few destinations when it’s cheaper to visit during our school summer holidays.
A Tourism charge is payable locally at all hotels and apartments in Dubai. Details will be advised at the time of booking.
During Ramadan, it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Alcohol is available in Dubai hotels after sunset. Please ask for more details at time of booking.