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Ras al-Khaimah Holidays

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CurrencyAED: UAE Dirham LanguageArabic Flight Duration6 hours 50 minutes (from the UK Time ZoneGMT +4 hours

Found at the tip of the Arabian Gulf Coast, Ras al-Khaimah is one of the 7 emirates that make up the UAE. While it is still overshadowed by cosmopolitan Dubai and up-and-coming Abu Dhabi, Ras al-Khaimah is growing as a tourist resort. Couples and families will love the unending sunshine, glorious beaches and exciting activities that this low-key, inviting and beautifully unique Emirati resort has on offer.

Bin Majid Beach Resort
Cove Rotana Resort

Great Places to Visit

From great golf and camel racing to desert safaris and splashes in the waterpark, Ras al-Khaimah is an all-rounder resort with plenty going on.

Wander the Old City

As the oldest part of Ras al-Khaimah, the Old City is a must if you wish to explore the local culture. There's a souk, where you can hone your haggling skills, as well as an old mosque to snap. The fishing harbour is great for a wander, while the nearby Al Hisn Fort has the Ras al-Khaimah National Museum within its walls.

Learn the Art of Falconry

Ras al-Khaimah is well versed in the art of falconry, with many residents taking up the skill as a pastime. Experience it for yourself with a handler, and see these gracious predators first hand. These interactive sessions will allow you to practise this desert art, without worrying about turning into the prey!

Cool Down in the Ice Land Waterpark

Located near Al Hamra Village, Ice Land Waterpark, within the new WOW Ras al-Khaimah area, has a snow and ice theme. It has a range of attractions, from mild to wild. From the thrills, including Mount Cyclone, to the Olympic-sized pool to practice your strokes, there's something for everyone. Don't worry – the water's not icy!

Step Back in Time in Jazirat al-Hamra

Situated south of the main Ras al-Khaimah city, Jazirat al-Hamra is a fishing village that has stood still over the years. Villagers moved out in the 1960s and the desert has helped preserve the coral block buildings. Wander the ruins and imagine how local life once was, before Jazirat al-Hamra became the ghost town that it is today.

Getting Around

There are a few Ras al-Khaimah city tours available if you want to explore the area, while many of the hotels offer a shuttle service to get you into the Old City and to the various shopping quarters and malls. Taxis are abundant, honest and inexpensive, and can be booked or hailed. You can also hire a car, but roads can be a chaotic, so confidence as a driver is essential. Local buses are in the pipeline, but not available yet.

By Bus

The Ras al-Khaimah transport authority say that a local bus service is planned. Many hotels offer a shuttle service to the main city areas and shopping malls, and city tours also operate. There are buses going to Dubai and some of the other emirates.

By Car

Hiring a car in Ras al-Khaimah is possible, and is reasonably cheap to do. Roads are in good condition, but traffic means driving can be challenging. If in doubt, stick to taxis. Driving is on the right hand side.

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Passports and Visas

If you're a British citizen, you will need to pick up a 30-day visa upon arrival. Your passport must also be valid, with at least 6 months left on it. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Travel insurance is essential when you're going abroad, to help protect you while you're away. For more info, you can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/health

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