Ras Al Khaimah has become the UAE’s top destination among domestic as well as international travelers. Due to immense hygiene and security measures at hotels and visiting destinations, Ras Al Khaimah is also the first to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp.
Now, tourists from Cairo can fly directly to the emirate RAK, ruled by Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, as the airline flyEgypt launches thrice-weekly service to Ras Al Khaimah from Cairo. This initiative has been taken to boost tourism activities between the two countries.
Connecting Egypt With RAK
In the new normal, connecting Egypt with the UAE will support RAK’s diversification strategy and enhance RAK airport’s strategic position to increase transportation and economic activities. The emirate may open up even more routes in the coming months.
According to the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism and Development Authority, RAK expects a 20 percent annual increase in the number of visitors in 2021 through easing border restrictions and opening up new markets in Europe and the Gulf region to attract more tourists.
The RAK emirate is also wooing new markets in Europe and the Gulf to attract more tourists by increasing its hotel room supply, expanding the tourism investment budget, intensifying marketing efforts to draw remote workers, and extending Covid-19 relief packages.
Fun/Interesting Places To Explore In Ras Al Khaimah
Since 5000 BC, Ras Al Khaimah has been home to several trading civilizations and has a rich cultural history and continuous settlements for 7000 years.
RAK is a perfect getaway to enjoy the serenity of incredible coastline and tranquil sandy beaches. It showcases a beautiful amalgamation of modernity and traditions, with Bedouins roaming in the desert as well as bustling urban residents. When it comes to tourism, the RAK city has witnessed a boom in recent years with the development of various entertainment hubs, resorts, and high-end residential areas. While vacationing, here’s the list of the most enjoyable things to do in Ras Al Khaimah:
Iceland Water Park
Located in Ras Al Khaimah, Iceland Water Park is a theme park based on the land of Penguins. The park is spread over an area of 110,000 square meters. You can engage yourself in so many interesting things at the park such as Rain Dance Pool, Aqua Soccer, Penguin Bay, Arctic Wave Pool, and Stony Glacial Mountains consisting of 25 water slides. For kids, there’s Kids Cove and Eddy Pond, which is much loved by the kids. The entry ticket for Iceland Water park has unlimited access to all the rides, rubber rings, and life jackets.
National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is located in the western part of Rak city in a fort that was the residence of Qawasim Rulers until the early 1960s. From traditional weapons to finishing instruments, and ancient pottery, the National Museum of RAK is a great spot for anyone looking to glimpse into the emirate’s past. On visiting the museum, you can learn about the discoveries from the earliest settlers to the late Islamic period about architecture, date agriculture, farming, fishing, and pearl diving in various galleries.
This RAK museum can be your first stop when you visit this historically rich city!
While exploring RAK, safari tours are a great option for families to make known the region’s natural wonders. You can take an off-road adventure with a scenic drive along the foothills of Hajar Mountain while stopping to take pictures along the way. Hajar Mountains dominate the RAK scenery creating a beautiful and magnificent area to step into nature for a day trip. The surrounding desert has ever-changing rust color sand dunes making RAK a kind of big-sky place that most visitors are unable to find in the UAE. For the best experiences of Safari tours, you can contact the local tour operators for attractive deals and travel offers.
Relax in Hot Springs
At the southeast of RAK, the village of Khatt is located at the foot of the majestic Hajar Mountains and is home to 3 hot springs. The water in these springs is mineral-rich and known for its therapeutic properties. Khatt village is a must-visit after having a stay in RAK’s tourist places as it gives visitors a chance to soak and unwind after a tiring day. Apart from this, the surrounding area of the village is home to 150+ archeological sites that include prehistoric tombs, 19th-century mud-brick fortification towers signalizing ancient settlements in the area.
Visit The Bedouin Oasis Camp
The Bedouin Oasis Camp in Ras Al Khaimah beautifully covers the UAE’s nomadic past.
This desert camp is located 20 minutes from the main city and offers everything from a Bedouin-style tent with rustic traditional exteriors and a modern interior to ensure a comfortable stay to camel rides and spectacular sunsets over the dunes.
Other activities at the Bedouin Oasis Camp include Quad Biking, Camel Riding, and Dune Bashing on land cruisers.
The visitors at the camp are expected to have their meals on stunning carpeted floors and partake in traditional Bedouin cuisine, with a few choices for international dishes.
For best experiences, a pre-booking at the Bedouin Camp is required.
Kayak in the Mangroves
Kayaking is fun, relaxing, and low-risk activity to do for the whole family. Mangroves form a large part of the coastal landscape in RAK. Extending right to the center of the city, the mangroves are home to a variety of animal species like flamingoes teaming with a variety of birds. Kayaking in the mangroves gives participants a chance to dwell in the region’s unique ecosystem and have fun while doing it. You can encounter a variety of marine life while you paddle through the mangroves.
The pricing packages for a guided kayaking tour depend upon the participant’s age and the number of people in your group.
Ras Al Khaimah is one of the UAE’s prime tourist destinations. With a wide range of adventure activities, active nightlife, and the stunning backdrop of the Hajar mountain range, RAK is the place to be!