About Ras Al Khaimah

About Ras Al Khaimah

One of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ras Al Khaimah means ‘top of the tent’ in Arabic. Only 45 mins from Dubai, RAK, is geographically located between the Hajjar Mountains and the Persian Gulf and shares borders with Oman. Above all, apart from its rich Arabian culture and beautiful weather, Ras Al Khaimah is known for its scenic beauty from mountains, beaches, deserts and mangroves.


Weather in Ras Al Khaimah
Weather in Ras Al Khaimah

The relative temperature in Ras Al Khaimah is typically 10 degrees cooler than in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, plus there is very little humidity even in the height of summer. This is because RAK is located between the Hajjar Mountains and the Persian Gulf. In winter, however, be prepared to play in the snow (may be)!


Dhayah Fort Ras Al Khaimah
Dhayah Fort Ras Al Khaimah

Numerous historical places, forts and villages reveal rich heritage from 5,000 years. Therefore you can be prepared to receive traditional Arabic hospitality.

Natural beauty

With the bouquet of scenic places including white sand beaches, red sand beaches, rocky mountains, green plains, mangroves, lagoons and creeks, Ras Al Khaimah is a hidden gem in the UAE. A coastline of more than 64km with sandy beaches and brilliant clear water is a treat for sunseekers.


Staycations in Ras Al Khaimah
Staycations in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is a home for the fantastic hotel, resorts including Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, Cove Rotana, Ritz Carlton, Rixos Bab Al Bahar, Radisson, Hampton, Movenpick, Accor group and many more. Moreover, properties from Avani, Rove, Citymax etc. are among the upcoming brands. To your surprise, the emirate offers the best value for money deals for stays, entertainment, dining, party, relaxation and leisure.

Kids friendly destination

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Kids friendly Ras Al Khaimah

Loved by kids, RAK offers a variety of fun time options with beaches, UAEs first floating water park, Sailing club, kids zone, watersports, activity sessions, beach fun etc.

Entertainment & Leisure

Leisure spa relax in Ras Al Khaimah
Leisure spa relax in Ras Al Khaimah

With something for everybody tourists can enjoy and relax with Spa, Golf, Infinity pools, fishing, diving and many more.

Adventure hub RAK

Adventure in Ras Al Khaimah
Adventure in Ras Al Khaimah

Off-late Ras Al Khaimah has started to be known for its long list of thrilling adventure options like world’s longest zip line on the Hajjar mountains, Mountain sledger, seaplane experience, para-gliding, water sports, diving, safaris, go-carting, camping, mountain climbing, Quad biking etc. Soon to come Skydive and hot air balloon.

Distance and travel times from Ras Al Khaimah

Abu Dhabi International Airport – 2 Hours and 30 minutes, 250 kilometres

Dubai International Airport – 45 minutes, 85 kilometres

Oman, Musandam Border – 30 minutes, 40 kilometres

RAK International Airport – 20 minutes, 18 kilometres

Ras Al Khaimah to other Emirates:

– Umm al Quwain:  56 kms

– Ajman: 71 kms

– Sharjah: 74 kms

– Dubai: 79 kms

– Abu Dhabi: 275 kms

– Al Fujairah: 130 kms

– Khor Fakkan: 123 kms

Facts about RAK (Ras Al Khaimah)

Language:                       Arabic is the formal language. However, English is widely used in business

Religion:                          Islam

Coordinates:                  55° 60 E and 25° 26 N,

Local Time:                    GMT +4

Currency:                        UAE Dirham (AED)

Area:                                  2478 Sq. Km

International code:    +971 (0)7

Airport:                            Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

Airport Code:                RKT

Population:                    In 2015, the population reached 345,000 according to a census estimate by RAK Center for statistics & Studies

Source: en.rasalkhaimah.ae | www.rak.ae

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