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Our Top 5 Reasons To Visit Ras Al Khaimah


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Ras Al Khaimah has become an increasingly popular destination for those looking for an Arabian adventure that is different from the likes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Known as the nature Emirate, Ras Al Khaimah features a wide variety of lavish hotels, beautiful beaches, a long and rich history and unique experiences set against the breathtaking desert backdrop with the chance to experience Authentic Arabia.

Discover the Long and Rich History

The nature emirate has a rich history dating back 7,000 years of continuous inhabitation, something which is marked by man-made sites and awe-inspiring landscapes alike. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the prosperous port of Ras Al Khamiah arose. Formerly known as Julfar, it became one of the most prominent trading posts in the Arabian Gulf and was widely known for its exquisite pearls.

Ras Al Khaimah is home to around 1,000 archaeological sites, many of which have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. The Emirate is also home to one of the best preserved fishing villages in the Arabian Gulf, Al Jazirah Al Hamra, and the only hilltop fort still in existence in the UAE, the 18th century Dhayah Fort which also bears real historical significance as the battle site between British and local troops. A must for lovers of history you can choose to climb the fort’s winding 239 steps to the top and those who do will be rewarded with spectacular views of the city.

The rich history comes alive through the numerous archaeological sites, museums, and preserved historical buildings. Pay a visit to the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah which provides an interactive journey through the emirate's past, allowing visitors to engage with the history in an entertaining and educational manner or get up close to precious pearls on the Suwaidi Pearl Farm tour, both of which are a testament to the growth of this region after so many years.

Ideal for those seeking Adventure

Ras Al Khaimah has emerged as the most popular adventure destination in the Middle East, and for good reason. The emirate’s rugged mountains, terracotta desert and coastline provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures. For those who also love water sports, Ras Al Khaimah’s coastline offers a variety of activities such as parasailing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and jet skiing.

Take a hike in the stunning Hajar Mountains on a hiking trail, with a variety on offer to suit various skill levels, allowing everyone to enjoy the awe-inspiring natural beauty. If you’re feeling adventurous take on the world’s longest zipline, Jais Flight, which spans over 2.8 km at a speed of 150 km/h, or if you’re not quite ready for that then Jais Sledder is a great alternative to allow you to catch incredible views of the Emirate.

Against the backdrop of these mountains are the vast expanses of sand dunes which are also turned into a playground for adventure enthusiasts. Dune bashing is the high-octane activity that allows you to roar through the soft desert sand dunes on a 4x4, sand buggy or quad bike.

A Family Friendly Destination

Hidden amongst the safe embrace of the United Arab Emirates incredible landscapes, Ras Al Khaimah has garnered a reputation among the emirates as an excellent choice for family holidays. The Nature Emirate is ideal for families seeking a blend of luxury, adventure, relaxation, and a journey through history. With luxurious resorts catering to all age groups, thrill-seeking adventurous activities, and a rich history which is still very much present to this day, Ras Al Khaimah promises unforgettable memories for the entire family. From exploring the history and taking a journey thorough time to the archaeological sites, museums, and preserved historical buildings, going on an adventure with a hike in the mountains, enjoying the thrill of the Jais Sledder, having fun on the beach or simply enjoying the facilities of the luxurious hotels in the Arabian sun, Ras Al Khaimah has it all to ensure that there is something for all ages.

The Emirate Pioneering Sustainable Luxury

Ras Al Khaimah is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, from its pristine sandy beaches to the rugged Hajar Mountains. Travel and tourism has evolved over the years going beyond merely visiting a place and ‘seeing’ its biggest attractions. Modern travellers are eager to connect with a destination and, even if only temporarily, become part of its community. Gone are the days where travel was a one-way transaction, today it’s about integrating and contributing to the destination you’re visiting. At If Only, we are passionate about bridging the gap between luxury travel and sustainable tourism, which is one of the reasons why we love Ras Al Khaimah.

Due to the diverse natural beauty and approach to sustainability, Ras Al Khaimah has well earned its moniker of the ‘Nature Emirate’. Ras Al Khaimah’s sustainability strategy stands on the four pillars of ‘Environment’, ‘Culture’, ‘Conservation’ and ‘Liveability’ and is designed to protect both the natural landscapes and biodiversity as well as RAK’s cultural heritage.

Ras Al Khaimah has also recently been awarded Silver Certification under EarthCheck’s Sustainable Destinations program - the world’s leading scientific benchmarking and certification program for tourism destinations, and in doing so has become the first destination in the Middle East to earn this level of recognition for sustainability.

Relax in Luxurious Accommodation

The northernmost emirate has a fantastic range of hotels allowing you to explore the four elements of Ras Al Khaimah, the beach, island, city and desert and we’ve detailed a glimpse of the hotels on offer with If Only below, so you can choose for your holiday to be as relaxing or adventurous as you like, with the added guarantee of luxurious accommodation whichever option you choose.

- For a luxurious desert retreat, be captivated by adventure and natural beauty with a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, a stunning desert resort set against the Hajar Mountains where nature nurtures the body and soul.

- Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is a charming beachfront resort surrounded by desert, mountains and sea. Inspired by the palaces of Arabia and bringing the legendary Waldorf service to one of the most alluring beachfront locations in the Arabian Peninsula.

- Experience the tranquillity and escape the stresses of daily life in the beautiful environment of Anantara Mina Al Arab, a luxury eco-wellness resort located in a prime position on a private peninsula and surrounded by a mangrove reserve and everything you need for an unforgettable luxury stay.