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Holidays in Ras Al Khaimah

An oasis of exquisite experiences

You won’t find any cloud-piercing, Dubai-style skyscrapers here. With world-class hotels and a host of wonderful excursions, this is a very different (and exciting) face of the UAE. Soak in desert springs, take in the view on a mountain trek, or explore ancient forts and traditional meeting points for local Bedouin tribes. Ras Al Khaimah promises a magical time for any holiday. 

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Regional flights from the UK are available with Emirates direct. Customers travelling between 1 May - 30 September 2022 can use their Emirates boarding pass to enjoy exclusive offers and discounts at hundreds of participating venues across the UAE.
Dubai, Beaches and Beyond

Do I need a visa?

If you’re travelling on a British Citizen passport, you can get a visitor’s visa on arrival in the UAE. This visa allows visitors to stay in the UAE for up to 30 days. The visa terminates automatically on departure and a new visa is issued on arrival each time the visitor returns to the UAE.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

When is Ramadam?

Ramadan is estimated to be from 22nd March - 21st April 2023. Visiting during this period offers a fascinating insight into Emirati culture and religious traditions.

From desert dunes to breathtaking beaches

Fancy going camel racing? How about scuba diving, or hitting the history trail, or eating delicious food or… well, just about anything you can imagine as part of an Arabian adventure? Ras al Khaimah holidays offer you all this, and a ton of other cool things you genuinely won’t find anywhere else.

We love this place. It’s hot, it’s sunny, and it’s incredibly friendly. It’s also well off the usual beaten track for adventurers, so you dodge the crowds you’d find in other hotspots, too. Just 45 minutes from Dubai airport, you’ll find this small but perfectly formed little Emirate state crammed to the borders with ancient cities, modern all inclusive resorts, and yes: a lot of camels.

Planning a holiday to Ras al Khaimah but not sure where to start? That’s where we come in. We’ve got plenty of Ras al Khaimah holiday deals for you to check out, as well as our pick of the best things to see and do while you’re there. So don’t worry - we’ve got this all figured out for you.

When is a Bedouin tent not a Bedouin tent? When it’s a 5-star hotel with all the trimmings, including hot-tubs and a la carte restaurants. Expect tip-top service at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, with an extra helping of eco-friendliness too. Arabian Gazelles and Onyxes wander freely around the nature reserve (and camels, of course). Chill out in the spa, or take the kids to say hello to them.

All-inclusive resorts in Ras al Khaimah take care of everything (including the kids) so you can get on with enjoying yourself.

For a touch of extra indulgence, opt for one of the 5-star hotels we have on offer. Be treated like royalty at the uber-glam Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah. With a private beachfront, you’re sure to feel like a VIP.

Ras al Khaimah resort holidays don’t get much better than a stay at The Cove Rotana Resort. Low-rise buildings in traditional style will make you feel like a local, not a tourist. A very pampered local, granted, what with the spa, wellness centre, and family-friendly facilities.

You’ll also find Ras al Khaimah hotels that partner with adventure tours - perfect for keen dune bashers and water lovers (seriously, the diving here is epic).

Ras al Khaimah holidays are a chance to go all Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, and hit the history trails. There may not be any Temples of Doom here, but there are some top spots that haven’t been trampled over by hordes of tourists. Hordes of ancient invading armies, maybe, but not tourists.

  • Shimal – With tombs dating back to 2,600BC (don’t get too excited, they’ve already been raided and the shiny stuff’s all been nabbed), this ancient site gives you a glimpse into the Arabian Gulf’s past.
  • Falaya Fort – the former playground of sheikhs, it’s a top spot for sunset selfies.
  • A wad of Wadis – the Southern Wadis, including Asimah, Daftah, Munay’i, Shawka, Qawr, and Wadi Safarfir, are almost completely unexplored and full of ancient bits and pieces. Pack plenty of water, a bullwhip, and a treasure map.
  • Diving – Ras al Khaimah is a flipper flapper’s paradise. Crystal-clear, warm water, reefs filled with fish, and great guides who’ll take you out to the best spots. If you’re new to diving then there are PADI-approved dive centres along the coast, where you can get your open water certificate.
  • Dune Bashing – Back on dry land you’ve got a desert landscape to explore in a 4x4. Discover the thrills of ‘dune bashing’ and imagine you’re at the front of the pack on the Paris/Dak.
  • Mountain madness – Head up into the mountains for some seriously challenging hikes and climbs.
  • Fore! – If you’re a golfer then there are two clubs to choose from, both of which have excellent greens. Tower Links is an 18-hole course, while the Al Hamra Golf Club offers a shorter 9-hole course.

Grab a jeep and get ready to go exploring. You’ve got plenty of opportunity to travel around the country and even hop over into Oman if you want (just remember you’ll need to pack your passport). Or why not go on a road trip all the way down the coast, and check out Abu Dhabi while you’re here?

Car hire is plentiful throughout the Emirates. Expect to pay around 150dhs/day for a small car, and slightly more for a jeep.

Emirati food isn’t a distinct group but is more of a mash-up of several different influences from around the world. Alongside classical Arabic fare, you’ll find:

  • A mix-up of mezze – Lebanese food is very hot (as in popular, although there’s quite a few spices in there too) so look out for mezze dishes, especially falafel, kebabs and mutabal.
  • Asian – The large Indian population brings spicy Asian cuisine into the mix, so be sure to try some of the many excellent Indian restaurants.
  • Vegetarian and Vegan – Vegetarian food is very popular (and bang on trend in the Emirates at the moment), so if you prefer your meals meat-free then you’re well catered for.
  • Alcohol – In this Emirate state alcohol is freely available in nearly all resorts and hotels, and you don’t need a licence to buy it, either.
  • Jog on - Fancy doing a desert marathon (well, okay, half-marathon)? The annual Ras al Khaimah Half Marathon first strapped on its running shoes in 2007, and is now one of the most popular (and hottest) trots around the block in the region. This is no fun run, either - it attracts top athletes and has a world record or two to its name.
  • Get your motor running – Held in December/January, the UAE Awafi Festival pits the best dune bashers against one another in a three-week onslaught across the desert. In between watching the races, you can wander around heritage villages, take the kids camel racing, or get dragged into the occasional traditional folk dance or two.

You’ll rarely see any rain in this part of the UAE, but what you will have is wall-to-wall sunshine all year round. This is a desert country, so expect desert temperatures.

  • May–September – The hottest months when the mercury can blast all the way up to 47°C, with average daytime temperatures of between 38 and 42°C.
  • October–February – if you prefer things a little cooler than look for holiday options during the winter months, when temperatures are a much more manageable 23-27°C. A December average of around 20°C makes this a great destination if you want to escape the winter blues back home.
  • March–April – Still bearable, with temperatures around the 23-29°C mark. This is also the rainy season, with a massive 4 days per month where you might get slightly damp.

Ready to embark on your very own Middle Eastern adventure? From all-inclusive deals to luxury packages, check out our Ras al Khaimah hotels.

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We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

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