Ras Al Khaimah is not a destination, but a journey

Ras Al Khaimah, or RAK for short, is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is roughly an hour's drive north of Dubai and faces the Arabian Sea. Ras Al-Khaimah is the go-to place to escape. Most visitors come for the beach, but Ras Al-Khaimah, which is backed by the spine of the Hajar Mountains that slope down to the sea, is also a perfect base for more adventurous activities.
Ras al Khaimah

Ras al Khaimah

Visiting Ras Al Khaimah

The greatest time to visit Ras Al Khaimah is during the European winter season, which runs from November to March. Visitors flock to the area in November and December, as well as March and April before the summer heat arrives.

Areas of Interest in Ras Al Khaimah

It is time to visit Ras Al Khaimah and view the United Arab Emirates in a new light, with its combination of beach and culture, mountains and ancient mysteries.

Al Marjan Island

Al Marjan is the ideal spot to get your feet wet, with its beautiful beaches, laid-back ambience, and an array of world-class recreational facilities. Al Marjan is part of Ras Al Khaimah's first man-made island, which also includes luxury hotels and resorts, marinas, and several sea-front residences. If you are looking to stay at an impeccable destination located on the first man-made island with scenic views of the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf, then the Marjan Island Resort & Spa, is the perfect place to stay that you can call home. It is one of the island's first resorts to provide a wide range of water sports. The resort offers everything a water sports enthusiast could want, from simple activities like wakeboarding and windsurfing to extreme activities like fly boarding and water skiing, and it has all the characteristics that make it a wonderful city getaway location. At Accor, we provide several advantages when booking our hotels online, from our best price guarantee to our last-minute and real-time room availability.

Al Hajar Mountains

The Hajar Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to Ras Al Khaimah, contributing to the UAE's natural beauty. The beautiful Hajar Mountains are a key feature of the UAE, adding to its visual splendour and serving as a popular tourist attraction. The range dips into the sea, with its highest point pointing north. The location known as Ruus Al-Jibal, which translates to "Heads of the Mountains," is surrounded by desert and rust-coloured sand dunes. The Hajar Mountains have the most igneous rock exposed from the oceanic crust surface area, providing a spectacular perspective of the desert from its peak.

Top things to do in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is known for its exceptional natural beauty, leisure, adventure, and unique experiences. Travellers visiting Ras Al Khaimah may enjoy anything from peaceful spa luxury to heart-pounding adrenaline excursions and everything in between. Everyone will find plenty to do at this year-round location. Book your tickets online with us at Accor, for the best prices guaranteed!

Desert Drive & Wadi Shawka Pool Visit

Enjoy a natural adventure by going canyoning, swimming, and picnicking in the Wadi Shawka pools. On this mountain safari adventure, discover Arabia's best-kept secrets. Rock formations deep in the desert, such as fossil and camel rocks, provide a picture of desert life and agricultural life. Continue your trip with some sandboarding and some thrilling dune smashing. Dune-bashing is a must-do on any vacation to Ras Al Khaimah.

Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

On a 6-hour 4WD adventure tour, explore the Ras Al Khaimah desert and see the beautiful dunes of Arabia from an off-road vehicle. Enjoy optional camel rides, henna tattoos on your hands, and a BBQ buffet dinner under the stars, among other activities. Nothing compares to being in the middle of the Arabian desert, with nothing but gentle, rolling dunes for miles.

Khasab: Private City Tour and Wadi Qadah

Get magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf on a 4-hour private tour of Khasab. Explore the city's ancient and new sides, visit a 16th-century fort, visit a local relic museum, and more. Make your way to the historic village of Tawi in the Wadi Qadah to get away from the tourists. Admire the ancient rock art of camels, ships, and soldiers, which is considered to be around 2,000 years old.

Suwaidi Pearls Farm Tour

Enjoy a marine adventure while learning about the history and culture of the region's pearling industry. Learn about the history and heritage of the Arabian pearl. A unique traditional pearl fishing boat awaits you at Al Rams Marina "ancient fisherman community." Don't forget to tour the mangroves and the surrounding area!

Water Sports in Ras Al Khaimah

If you are into water sports, then have no fear, Accor has the best water sports activities in Ras Al Khaimah. And where better to stay and enjoy daring excursions and calm family holidays than at Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island on Ras Al Khaimah's sun-drenched Al Marjan island, where summer and fun never end?

Iceland Water Park

Iceland Water Park is one of the largest water parks in the Middle East, popular with thrill seekers for its distinctive ice-themed attractions and collection of over 50 heart-pounding water slides. It is a wonderful adventure hideaway for people wishing to cool off in RAK. The theme park also hosts the world's largest swimming lessons with professional swimmers providing the highest level of professional training, a variety of water sports facilities in the park's Iceland Palm Beach, and a live BBQ Dinner and some Arabian night entertainment at Iceland Beach Camp, which is ideal for family fun and recreational entertainment. Before coming, make sure to check the website for ticket specials.

Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club

The Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club is one of the top water sports venues in RAK, with unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf on one side and the Al Hamra Marina and Al Hamra Village on the other. The Royal Yacht Club, RAK's main yacht club and a centre for all things nautical, is located in Al Hamra Village, which includes a golf course, restaurants, vessel fuelling and berthing. Those wishing to make the most of their time in RAK by learning new water activities may do so at the Royal Yacht Club, which offers a variety of water sports, cruise programs, and contests throughout the year.

Fly Fish Water Sports Club

The Fly Fish Water Sports Club, located near Marjan Island Resort & Spa, is another significant magnet for water adventures and perhaps one of the greatest sites to experience both motorized and non-motorized water activities. Wakeboarding, Jet skis, Fly boards, Kite surfing, Water skiing, Kayaking, Fishing expeditions, and Flying Boat are just a few of the water activities available at the club.

Attractions in Ras Al Khaimah

The northernmost Emirate in the UAE has become one of the highly sought-after places in the Middle East, with an astonishing history reaching back over seven millennia. Here are just a few of the countless must-see sights and attractions. Accor offers the best prices when you book your tickets online with us.

Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais, the UAE's highest peak, is part of the majestic cloud-piercing Al Hajar mountain range, which stretches from Ras Al Khaimah on the UAE's eastern border to the Musandam Peninsula in northern Oman. You may drive to a variety of vistas through a modern road. The world's longest zipline is presently located at Jebel Jais. Jebel Jais, has recently become a significant activity hub, as it is a location to admire nature, as well as a place for adventure enthusiasts to take advantage of its unique landscape and enjoy nature-inspired activities such as ziplining down the mountain or hiking its slopes.

Dhayah Fort

Dhayah Fort, located in the heart of this lush oasis, is a castle-like building that rises proudly amidst the dry mountains and lush date wadis of northern Emirate Ras Al Khaimah that offers breathtaking views of the mountains, palm trees, and lush meadows, as well as views of neighboring Oman and the sea Moreover, Dhayah Fort, the UAE's sole extant hill fort, is a significant historical site with breathtaking vistas that are well worth the hike up the crisscrossing steps.

Al Jazirah Al Hamra

Since prehistoric times, pearls have played an essential role in people's life, and countless examples have been discovered at Neolithic sites around the UAE. The sole historical pearling town in the Gulf region is Al Jazirah Al Hamra, as the others were annihilated when oil was discovered. Al Jazirah Al Hamra is an Arabic phrase that means "Red Island." A fort with watchtowers, a mosque, a souq, and a great number of courtyard homes in diverse designs are all located in Al Jazirah Al Hamra.

Wadi Shawka

Explore the deep tunnels and waters of Wadi, the region's natural water pools, on an adventurous trip. The Hajar Mountains surround Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah, and the valley features rocky terrain, farming, water pools, animals, and lots of parking and camping spaces. Wadi Shawka, which means 'strong valley,' is a beautiful location of natural beauty with mysteries dating back seven millennia. Wadi Shawka is an ideal location for family picnics and outdoor gatherings. Swim back through it or turn around and climb a little slope to go around it.

Food and Beverages in Ras Al Khaimah

It is impossible to pick a place to eat in Ras Al Khaimah with so many options and cuisines available. We managed to wind it down to a few choices that we thought you would enjoy.

Best Dining Locations

ZAITOUNA HOUSE located on the waterfront promenade of Marjan Island Resort & Spa, is the ideal location for authentic Lebanese and Levantine cuisine, as well as a wonderful sunset site with top-notch mezzes for late-night Island relaxing and light snacking. BOONS, located in Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, provides a modest bistro cuisine and a well-stocked bar in a lively ambiance with live music, sports, and other more.

Best Lounges

AL MAJLIS, Marjan Island Resort & Spa Al Majlis is an Arabian-themed tea room with views of the stately lobby with its high ceiling and outstanding royal ambiance. Savory snacks, pastries, freshly prepared coffees, and afternoon teas are available all day. MOCA LOBBY CAFE, Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island Moca Lobby Cafe provides delectable fresh-baked pastries, waffles, and lounge meals to complement your beverage of choice.

Dining with a View

AL LIWAN located in Marjan Island Resort & Spa, provides international all-day dining in a relaxed and cheerful ambience, as well as outdoor dining with views of the sea vistas.

By the Beach

TURTLE BEACH, Marjan Island Resort & Spa, Turtle Beach is the ideal spot for light snacks and specialty drinks while soaking up the sun and soaking up the sea wind. BEACH HOUSE, Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island Beach House combines fried and fresh ingredients to create cozy and healthy dishes.

By the Pool

AL FORNO located by the poolside in Marjan Island Resort & Spa, offers delectable oven-baked Mediterranean food, pizzas, and panini to tantalize your senses.

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