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Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al-Khaimah sits on the shores of the Arabian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates; just a short distance from the busy metropolis of Dubai. The area boasts a rich history that dates back over 7,000 years with countless ancient sites to explore; equally-matched by a backdrop of magnificent mountain landscapes and rich terracotta desert plains. Add into the mix 64-kilometres of white sandy beaches, luxury hotels, and year-round sunshine and it’s easy to see why this place is a favourite.

Adventure-seekers can look forward to: zip-lining and hiking on the famous Jebel Jais Mountain, jet-skiing across the Arabian Sea, exploring the dunes by camel or four-wheel drive, or trying go-karting and mountain biking. History buffs get to explore the 16th-century Dhayah Fort, the 18th-century Mohammad Bin Salim Mosque, and the National Museum of Ras Al-Khaimah. Keen shoppers can roam the traditional souqs and markets or the five malls packed with international brands.


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Ras Al Khaimah facts at a glance
Flight time:
7 hours
Time difference:
4 hours
Currency:
United Arab Emirates dirham
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

The best time to travel to Ras Al-Khaimah is from late October to mid-April. During these months the weather is pleasantly warm and hovers between 20 to 28°C, while during the summer months the average temperature can range between 35 to 45°C.

Things to do

Hike up to the 16th-century Dhayah Fort for spectacular mountain and sea vistas. Drive the 20km-long road up Jebel Jais Mountain to the View Deck Park for stunning sunsets; while adrenaline fans can experience the Jebel Jais Flight zipline and Jais Sky Tour zipline adventure. Visit the capital's National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah in a centuries-old fort for an insight into the area's history or stroll through the abandoned village of Jazirat al-Hamra. Take a road trip into the Hajar Mountains with their barren mountain landscapes or explore Shimla with its Husn al-Shimal Fort, pre-Islamic tombs, and ancient settlement. Indulge in retail therapy at Manar Mall, Al Naeem City Center, RAK Mall, Al Naeem Mall, and Al Hamra Mall or go more traditional at Old RAK Souq and Kuwaiti Souq. Discover the abundant wildlife at RAK Zoo or ride racing karts around the thrilling RAK track.

Food and drink

Ras Al-Khaimah's seafaring past means its cuisine draws inspiration from around the globe including India, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey. Start the day with Balaleet or Chebab; feast on Samak Mahammar, Al Machboos, or Biryani at lunch and dinner; with Mahalabia, Luqaimat, and Knafeh for dessert. Treat yourself to a cup of Qahwah coffee and a slice of honey cake. Casual fare in cafes and takeaway stalls includes Manakish, Falafel, and Shawarma served in lavash or pitas.

In the evening

Join the locals for a sunset stroll along the Al Qawasim Corniche overlooking the creek and Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Ras Al-Khaimah has many pubs and bars; ranging from sports bars and trendy cocktails bars to cosy lounge bars where you can socialise with friends, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. Visit one of the authentic Arabic cafes to sample local cuisine, coffee, and sheesha. Please bear in mind that alcohol consumption is allowed only in bars and on other designated premises and that drinking on the street or in other public places is strictly prohibited.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and/or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

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