Ras Al Khaimah is a rising star of an Emirate and the most northern of the UAE, it boasts dramatic mountains, red sandy deserts and lush green plains, and is rich with historical and archaeological sites dating back to the 13th Century AD which make luxury Ras Al Khaimah holidays fantastic cultural and inspirational experiences.
Having been the site of human habitation for several millennia Ras Al Khaimah is a wonderful destination to visit for history lovers and sun worshippers alike. Its rich heritage can be found everywhere with majestic forts and museums including the exceptional Dhayah Fort, built in the 16th century on a mountain overlooking the Gulf. For those who want to understand the local culture further there is a one of its kind authentic desert camp, Bedouin Oasis where visitors can discover exactly what life in a nomadic tribe was like.
Described as welcoming and liberal, Ras Al Khaimah also flaunts a host of recreational activities and fantastic excursions. The Iceland Water Park (UAE's largest) is a treat and for those looking for fun activates and there are Falcon demonstrations and 4x4 Vehicle safaris into the dessert so for the adrenaline seekers this destination will not disappoint. Of course the beaches are excellent and the hotels are filled with all of the luxuries such as sumptuous spas and numerous actives you would expect in the Emirates, so there is never a dull moment in Ras Al Khaimah.
A trip to Ras Al Khaimah makes for a fantastic, culturally-minded, luxury holiday. With picturesque scenery that boasts a rich heritage and a wealth of dramatic sites – some of which date back to the 13th Century AD – you’ll find plenty here to inspire. Once in a lifetime excursions here are in abundance, with 4x4 vehicle safaris into the desert and the Iceland Water Park just the tip of the iceberg! When you’re not enjoying the beaches you’ll love the luxury of the five-star resorts and relaxing spas.
Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
Flying Time: 6 hours 50 minutes (direct to Dubai)
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates fly direct from London Heathrow to Dubai. Emirates also flies direct from London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle to Dubai.
A great mix of sandy beaches, animal conservation, spas, golf and culture. A superb place for those interested in ancient history and archaeology with its many intriguing sites to explore.
Despite only covering a relatively small area, Ras Al Khaimah is bursting with hidden treasures. Visit the village of Khatt, home to the only natural hot springs in the UAE, or embark on a fascinating excursion to the Land of Pearls to witness the authentic process of cultivating a pearl.