Ras Al Khaimah Holidays

Ras al Khaimah Holidays

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Nestled between the Persian Gulf and the Al Hajar Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah is the up and coming holiday hotspot and the real jewel in the crown of the United Arab Emirates. Experience cosmopolitan city life, beach days and culture a plenty in this one-of-a-kind destination. Moreover, because Ras Al Khaimah is one of the slightly lesser known Emirates, you get the added benefit of lavish hotels, All Inclusive options and great affordability.



Beaches
Boasting an impressive 64km of coastline, Ras Al Khaimah is a beach-lovers paradise. Pristine pale sands collide with deep golden tones of the Arabian Desert, creating picture-perfect bays with azure-blue waters. Much of the beach here is privately owned by the hotels that line the shore, meaning they are very clean and full of amenities such as loungers, parasols and beach bars – but don’t worry as most offer public access for non-hotel guests for a nominal fee. Ras Al Khaimah has plenty to offer – spend days relaxing on the warm sands, try your hand at a new watersport or dance the night away at a beach party just don’t forget to take in the beautiful sunset over dinner beachside.

Food & Drink
As with most major cities, the food available in Ras Al Khaimah is as varied and diverse as it could possibly be - so whatever you fancy, you’re sure to find in this bountiful city. Steak houses are ubiquitous here and great traditional Middle Eastern restaurants can be found in every area. In Arabic culture meal times are a time to get together and usually involve starting a meal with several mezze dishes. Mezze dishes are smaller dishes typically eaten in place of a starter and shared among a group, making a meal here a very social experience. Popular dishes include tabouleh – a salad made of parsley, bulgur wheat, tomatoes, mint and onion, and batata harra – a spicy potato dish with garlic, red pepper, coriander and chilli. Mains include a lot of vegetable dishes and lamb is a popular meat – camel is also found on many menus if you fancy trying something different! Alcohol can be purchased within bars, restaurants and clubs in Ras Al Khaimah but you may need a residents alcohol licence to purchase alcohol in a shop.

Culture
Ras Al-Khaimah’s people are warm, welcoming, and more than happy to share their culture and traditions with all who visit. For a truly immersive experience head to a souk, or market, and try your hand at bartering with the locals for some unique bargains. Influences from its Islamic and Arabic history are visible throughout the city, from the traditional architecture of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque to the bustling atmosphere around the souks and markets. Ras Al Khaimah is particularly well known for its folklore, music and traditional dances, many of which can be seen through the regular celebrations throughout the city.

Nightlife
Ras Al Khaimah, much like neighbouring Dubai, may be famed for its bottomless brunches where you can enjoy superb food along with plenty of drinks throughout the day, but the city also has a unique nightlife. By night, most bars and clubs are located in hotels and offer a wide variety of settings. Slightly more laid-back than other Emirates, the nightlife is Ras Al Khaimah is chic and relaxed. Think beach bars by sunset and rooftop terraces until the early hours. Shisha bars are also very popular here as a lot of Ras Al Khaimah’s residents don’t drink alcohol. These bars tend to be very sociable places with an emphasis on relaxing with friends.

Important Information
Flight Time: 7hrs
Time Difference: +4hrs
Currency: Arab Emirates Dirham
Official Language: Arabic


Vaccinations
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Ramadan
Please be aware that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will take place between 05/05/2019 and 04/06/2019. During this time, many cafes and restaurants will close during the day, restrictions on alcohol sales may be in place, and hotel dining for non-Muslim guests may take place in private rooms. Playing music, dancing, and eating in public areas may also be restricted during this time.

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Top Ras Al Khaimah Hotels

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

The Cove Rotana Resort

Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Al Hamra Village Golf & Beach Resort

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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island

Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Acacia by Bin Majid

Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Al Hamra Residence

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Bin Majid Beach Hotel

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Bin Majid Beach Resort - All Inclusive

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Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Golden Tulip Khatt Springs Resort & SPA

Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort

Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah

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Mangrove by Bin Majid

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Marjan Island Resort & Spa

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Rixos Bab Al Bahr

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The Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach

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The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert

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Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah Hotel

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Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

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Ras al Khaimah Weather

With a desert climate, Ras Al-Khaimah experiences little to no rainfall throughout the year and benefits from year-round sunshine and high temperatures. Temperatures generally sit around 20C in winter, making Ras Al Khaimah a fantastic winter sun destination. In summer months expect temperatures to regularly hit 37C so make sure to stay covered and drink plenty of water.
Jan 23ºC
Feb 24ºC
Mar 28ºC
Apr 33ºC
May 37ºC
Jun 40ºC
Jul 41ºC
Aug 41ºC
Sep 38ºC
Oct 35ºC
Nov 30ºC
Dec 25ºC

Things To Do on Ras al Khaimah Holidays

Jebel Jais
Standing at a dizzying 1934m, Jebel Jais is the highest mountain in Ras Al-Khaimah, marking the border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Take in the stunning views along the winding roads that lead to the viewing platforms along the mountain. For a truly unique experience, thrill-seekers can take off on the world’s longest zipline and marvel at the one-of-a-kind backdrop as you reach speeds of up to 150kph!

Al Jazirah Al Hamra Ruins
Just to the south of Ras Al-Khaimah lies the ghost town of Al Jazirah Al Hamra. Standing since the 14th century and meaning “red island” in Arabic, this abandoned fishing village sits frozen in time along the coast. Nobody is quite sure why the villagers left or where they went but the remnants of their town still sit perfectly preserved for people to visit today.

Iceland Water Park
Promising a fun-filled day out for holidaymakers of all ages, the Iceland Water Park has the honour of being the United Arab Emirate’s largest water park. With 30 waterslides, a splash park and its own beach, the Iceland Water Park provides a well-needed haven of cool on hot days.

Desert Safari
Be sure to find time to enjoy a ride around the desert’s gold and red sands before you leave. Tackle the dunes on a thrilling four-wheeled adventure, enjoy the Arabian sunset on camel back or get out quad biking – all before enjoying an authentic Arabic BBQ with traditional entertainment.