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Coming for Dubai's crown
A luxury holiday in Ras Al Khaimah is your gateway to the authentic Middle East. Compared with other cities in the UAE, a stay in Ras Al Khaimah offers a slower pace and a slice of calm. Situated at the northernmost point of the Emirates just 45 minutes from Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah is a city steeped in over 7,000 years of history. Minarets towering into the blue sky pinpoint the location of spiritual mosques dotted in and around the city, while the city’s museum is housed inside a traditional, centuries-old fort that was the residence of the region’s last ruling family until the 1960s.
You’ll find jaw-dropping architecture and plenty of unique cultural attractions set against a backdrop of endless deserts, rocky mountains and rippling lagoons. Ras Al Khaimah is a haven for beach lovers and an ideal location for winter sun with its year round sunshine. You’ll find almost 40 miles of sandy white beaches stretching along the Gulf where you can relax or enjoy a variety of water sports in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Ocean.
If you’re not one for sitting still too long, then you’re in luck, as there’s much adventure in Ras Al Khaimah, whether it’s embracing the local traditions of camel racing, a fabulous spectacle for all the family, or taking in the views of the city’s fabulous Hajar mountain range and coastline with a helicopter tour. Experience the magic and history of pearl diving at Suwaidi Pearls Farm or take a kayak inland to explore the salt flats and tropical mangroves - home to flocks of pink flamingos! Your ultimate spine tingling experience is found at the region’s highest peak, Jebel Jais, where you’ll find the world’s longest zipline. Almost two miles long, you can reach dizzying speeds over 90mph!
Your luxurious experience is accentuated with a stay in one of the many five star hotels in Ras Al Khaimah. Experience fine dining with a host of authentic and international cuisines, enormous suites, private beaches, indulgent spas and impeccable service. Although shopping hotspot Dubai is just 45 minutes away, you’ll find all you need in the malls of Ras Al Khaimah, with hundreds of stores, cinemas, playgrounds for kids and much, much more. Experience Sovereign Luxury Travel’s handpicked Ras Al Khaimah holiday packages for a truly unforgettable experience in the UAE, and your most authentic Emirates holiday yet.
As you might guess by the name, Ras Al Khaimah Beach is all about the sand - a huge sweep of golden grains edges the coast, backed by luxe hotels.
An hours drive from Dubai International Airport, sits Ras Al Khaimah's Al Wadi Desert boasting the magnificent backdrop of the Al Hajjar Mountains.
Ras Al Khaimah is around 45 minutes’ drive from Dubai Airport. Flights from the UK take around 6 hours 30 minutes.
Ras Al Khaimah has a hot, dry desert climate, with temperatures climbing towards 30°C in April and peaking around 40°C in July. Humidity is high, with zero chance of rain. The winter months from October to March see more comfortable averages in the 20s, although night time temperatures will be cooler.
British citizens will be granted a free 30-day visa upon arrival in Ras Al Khaimah.
A tip for good service will be appreciated in Ras Al Khaimah, although it’s not essential. Although 10% service charges may be added to your restaurant bill, this often doesn’t go to wait staff, so leave an extra 10% in cash for good service. Taxi fares can be rounded up to the nearest note, and between five and 20 UAE dirhams are customary for having your petrol pumped or bags brought to your room.