Ras Al Khaimah is an emirate in the Persian Gulf, located in the northern part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The emirate covers an area of 1,684 square kilometers and consists of a large northern landmass where the capital city of the same name is located, an inland exclave in the south, and several small islands.
Ras Al Khaimah is 45 minutes drive from Dubai. RAK is an ideal destination for a weekend trip and it has amazing options to explore for adventurers.
To answer the question, Ras Al Khaimah is cheaper than Dubai. Firstly, the properties are not so expensive as compared to Dubai. The rent of the properties is 10 percent lower than in Dubai.
The same goes for grocery, restaurants, and alcohol. All these things are cheaper in RAK than in Dubai. To give you an example, in a mid-range restaurant, it will cost you AED 250 for a meal for 3 people in Dubai while it only costs AED 160 in RAK. Imported beer that costs AED 45 in Dubai costs AED 35 in RAK. Even, there are no paid parking or Salik expenses.
Are utilities and education more expensive?
In terms of children’s education also Ras Al Khaimah’s international schools cost lower than that of Dubai. If you are earning AED 10,000-15,000 in RAK, you can earn a modest living. You can easily manage to accommodate expenses on utilities, restaurants, movies, school fees, rent in it. Utilities like, car wash, home cleaning, laundry, house help also will cost you lesser than Dubai.
On top of that, Ras Al Khaimah is a quiet, safe and clean place to live in. It is surrounded by lush golf courses, has spacious gated communities and massive malls with top-notch brands for restaurants and shopping.
How to reach Ras Al Khaimah
Only a 45 minutes drive away from Dubai, it is easy to get to Ras al Khaimah. The emirate is also linked to Dubai by free shuttle buses to and from Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Centre Airport, offering easy, direct transfers to Ras Al Khaimah. You can find more information on travelling to the emirate on our Getting Here section.
Incase getting to Ras Al Khaimah by your own transport is not an option check our article on How to travel between RAK and Dubai if you don’t have a car
Things to do in Ras Al Khaimah
The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah offers a multitude of activities including adventure sports, heritage visits, nature trails, water sports, beach getaways, spas and much more.
Whether you are a UAE resident or a tourist looking for a quick escape during the weekend, here are some of the most updated options, depending on the kind of outing you prefer.
- Jabel Al Jais Flight: World’s longest zipline
- Toro Verde Adventure Park (Jais Sky Maze, Jais Sky Tour)
- Learn Survival skills at Bear Grylls Academy
- Hiking at Hajar mountains
- Sea Diving
- Al Wadi Equestrian Center
- RAK Nature’s Treasure Museum
- Al Jazira Aviation Club
- Mountain picnic or camping
- Desert Bedouin camp
- Saqr Park
- Dhayah Fort
- RAK National Museum
- Jazirah Al Hamra Archaeological town
- Unwind in the therapeutic waters of Khatt Springs
- Pearl Farm tour
- Al Sawan Race Track
- Relax at the beach
- Wadi Shokwa
- Date farms
- The Old Market
- Skate Park
For the most updated list of events and happenings in RAK visit RAK Calendar