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Destination Guide - Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is the United Arab Emirate's northernmost emirate with a beautiful and diverse landscape of pristine beaches, terracotta deserts, rugged mountains and mangrove lagoons. Combined with year-round sunshine, luxury hotels and a wealth of historical sites to visit or adventure activities to try, it is a top place to relax and rejuvenate!

Offering unspoilt natural beauty and stunning scenery, Ras Al Khaimah is regarded as one of the UAE’s strongest emerging tourism spots. Situated on the west coast of the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah’s 64-kilometres of shoreline provides superb sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters. Visitors to the emirate can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities from swimming, fishing and golfing to exploring the desert by safari, hiking in the mountains and experiencing a traditional Bedouin desert camp or enjoying the water slides at Iceland Water Park.

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Geography

Due to its geographical location at the northern tip of the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah is literally translated as ‘top of the tent’ and was originally known as ‘Julfar’. As a rich archaeological destination, Ras Al Khaimah features a wealth of landscapes from rugged mountain peaks to coastal areas and desert.

Climate

The climate is sub-tropical, semi-arid with warm temperatures, infrequent rainfall and blue skies most of the year. Between November and April the average daytime temperature reaches 28°C, whereas in the summer months between June and August, temperatures rise above 35°C with high humidity.

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Sports

Due to its diverse landscape and commitment to providing tourists with a range of activities, Ras Al Khaimah has become a hub for outdoor sports. The emirate provides cost-effective opportunities for guests to try out a wide variety of activities in picturesque natural locations including two 18-hole championship golf courses.

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Five Ras Al Khaimah experiences not to miss

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    Bassata Desert Village - Live the ultimate desert experience with the newly opened Bassata Desert Village! Enjoy a wide range of traditional Arabic activities with dune bashing, belly dancers, Arabic Tanoura, camel riding and barbecue.

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    Iceland Waterpark - Escaping from the heat, Iceland Water Park is a thrilling amusement for visitors of all ages. With a wide variety of games, water slides and an extensive food court, Iceland is all about having fun.

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    Falcon Show at Al Wadi Equestrian and Adventure Centre – One of the most famous traditions in the region is raising Falcons. Witness the beauty of these magnificent birds at the most authentic setting in the country - as the falcons take to the sky you'll be the spectator to the experience of a lifetime!

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    Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp - The Bedouin Oasis is a one of a kind authentic desert camp taking inspiration from the lifestyle of the Bedous (nomadic tribes) years ago.

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    Dhayah Fort - Experience the rich heritage of Ras Al Khaimah, this majestic fort built in the 16th century on a mountain overlooking the Gulf to fight the British troops tells a story of its own.