Ras Al Khaimah

Exceptional from desert sands to golden shores

Picture a city surrounded by rugged mountains and sprawling deserts laced with mangroves and lined with golden shores. Take a day from your beach getaway and explore the stunning scenery as part of an excursion or stay in the desert, then return to a world of spas and swimming pools at your 5* chosen hotel.

Special offers

Ras Al Khaimah

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa

5* out of 5 stars

  • Free Return Airport Transfers

5 nights All Inclusive including British Airways flights from £882 per person

Ras Al Khaimah

Rixos Bab Al Bahr

5* out of 5 stars

  • 15% saving

5 nights Ultra All Inclusive including British Airways flights from £909 per person

Ras Al Khaimah holidays

Hot on the heels of Dubai and only 45 minutes away, a city that has risen to global prominence on the luxury holiday market, Ras Al Khaimah’s reputation as a desirable destination is building steadily. This emerging emirate in the UAE is now a firm favourite on the tourist map for those looking for romance, adventure or family fun. Five star hotels and a variety of attractions compliment the area’s natural beauty and cultural heritage to create a uniquely rewarding Middle Eastern holiday escape.

Luxury holidays in Ras Al Khaimah 

Since the resorts and hotels in Ras Al Khaimah are so new – many having been built in the last ten years – they all measure up superbly in terms of modern, first rate facilities and comfortable, stylish appointments. For an added sense of luxury amidst our selection of unforgettable Ras Al Khaimah retreats, opt for Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Resort, or Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert Resort, where style, service, and sophistication guarantee an upgraded experience.

A holiday to Ras Al Khaimah is at once relaxing and stimulating. Your resort will provide all you need to unwind in the best possible fashion, with revitalising spa treatments and delicious cuisine drawn from the world’s culinary crossroads. The local landscape meanwhile affords the adventurous among you the opportunity to explore the rugged charm of this engaging emirate. The mystical dunes and desert expanses will certainly provide a few tales to tell.

10 great reasons to holiday in Ras Al Khaimah

  • Be the among the first to discover an emerging destination 
  • Only 45 minutes from Dubai
  • Great choice of All Inclusive hotels
  • The Old City and Souq - authentic and modern shops alongside artisans' workshops
  • Visit Jebel Jais & Toroverde Ras al Khaimah, home to the world's longest zipline
  • Al Hamra Mall, situated close to the majority of beach hotels
  • Al Hamra Championship Golf Course
  • Bask in the heat of year-round sunshine
  • Beautiful coastline
  • Great for multi-centre holidays with a beach and desert combination

Ramadan in Ras Al Khaimah

Ramadan is dictated by a lunar cycle so its timings vary from year to year. For Ramadan, Muslims obey abstinence from food, drinks and tobacco during daylight hours and, as acknowledgment of this, visitors are expected to do the same.

Non-fasting visitors to Ras al Khaimah, however, will be able to find food and drink outlets in their international resort or hotel. Most other activities are unaffected by Ramadan, meaning golf courses, spas, sports facilities and retail outlets should be open to visitors. It’s always a good idea to check opening times in advance though, in case of any schedule changes brought about by the holy month. 

Public holidays in the UAE

Please note that during religious celebrations and public holidays in the United Arab Emirates, restrictions on the serving of alcohol may be imposed at hotels and restaurants. Food services may also be restricted and opening times may vary. Please check with your Kenwood Travel agent for more info, or see the list of UAE public holidays below:

  • Gregorian New Year: 1 January
  • Eid Al Fitr: From last day of the Islamic month of Ramadan to 3 Shawwal* (4 days)
  • Arafah day and Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): From 9 to 12 Dhu al Hijjah* (4 days)
  • Hijri New Year (Islamic New Year): 1 Muharram - 12 August in 2021 and on 30 July in 2022
  • Prophet Mohammed's birthday: 21 October in 2021 and on 8 October in 2022
  • Commemoration Day: 1 December (previously known as Martyr's Day and was observed on 30 November)
  • National Day: 2 and 3 December (2 days)

Interesting facts about Ras Al Khaimah

  • Area – 2,486 km2 (650 sq miles)
  • Population – Between 250,000 – 300,000 people
  • Currency – Arab Emirate Dirham (AED)
  • Crown Prince - Mohammed bin Saud al Qasimi

Weather in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras al Khaimah has a desert climate. Summers are very hot while winters are mild, with temperatures averaging 18 – 25 degrees celsius in January. Meanwhile, temperatures can vary between 29 – 43 degrees celsius in July, meaning Ras al Khaimah offers somewhere to soak up the sun year-round. Visitors will find resorts provide plenty of opportunity to relax even in the warmest months in their air-conditioned buildings, shady gardens, and choice of swimming pools.

Ras Al Khaimah Holidays 2021 / 2022

To ensure the luxury holiday of a lifetime to Ras al Khaimah, including honeymoons, allow Kenwood Travel to arrange a wonderful package that is tailored specifically to your needs. Book early to get the best prices and avoid disappointment. We have over 40 years of luxury holiday experience and take pride in granting your holiday wishes. Check out all the latest offers on Ras al Khaimah getaways today.

Know before you go

Please note: Hotel check-in times in Ras Al Khaimah are usually from 3pm. Guests will not have access to their room before this point unless otherwise stated.

Please note: Electronic cigarettes are banned in the UAE, and it is forbidden to bring them into the country.

Please note: Visitors to the UAE travelling with medicine are advised to check the approved list as provided by United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health & Prevention. For certain medications, visitors will be required to submit an online form prior to travel. This is a legal requirement, and visitors found with undeclared medicines run risk of being denied entry into the country. 

Please note: A tourism tax of AED 20 (approx. £4.30) per room per night applies in Ras Al Khaimah, to be paid at check out.

Top Picks

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island

5* out of 5 stars

One of the first hotels on Marjan Island, part of a prestigious man-made, off-shore community in Ras Al Khaimah, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island is the quintessential luxury escape.

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa

5* out of 5 stars

Seven pools, nine restaurants and bars, and beachfront bliss in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah await at this luxury Hilton resort only minutes from Rak Mall.

Rixos Bab Al Bahr

5* out of 5 stars

Boasting its own private beach, the Rixos Bab Al Bahr resort offers its guests an experience of incomparable luxury complete with unique activities to guarantee a memorable stay.

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Things to do

Al Hamra Mall

Al Hamra Mall

Situated in Al Jazirah Al Hamra, Ras Al Kaimah, the Al Hamra Mall is the ideal outing for the whole family. Not only a must-visit shopping destination, the mall is also a hotspot for dining and entertainment. Shop till you drop, stop for a bite at one of over 20 food and beverage outlets, or even go to the cinema.

The Al Hamra Mall is within easy reach of many of Ras Al Khaimah's most popular hotels and resorts. There is even a complimentary shuttle bus service running between the resorts and the mall for maximum convenience.

Jebel Jais Flight Zipline

Jebel Jais Flight Zipline

For a unique perspective on the Ras Al Khaimah landscape and an adrenaline-packed adventure, be sure to visit Jebel Jais Flight Zipline. This is the world’s longest zipline, stretching over a whopping 2.8 kilometres and reaching speeds of up to 120 kilometres an hour.

Whipping fast down a mountain, the zipline offers incredible scenery as well as major thrills. A definite highlight is pausing at the halfway platform, which is suspended in the air, allowing yourself to take in the panorama.

National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is a must-visit for those looking to delve into local history and culture. Home to a dazzling collection of archeological treasures, artefacts, documents, and manuscripts, the museum gives real insight into heritage, monarchy, religion, and trade in Ras Al Khaimah.

The building itself is housed within the walls of a 19th century fort, which was the residence of the Qawassim rulers until 1964. It has also served as a police headquarters and prison before being turned into the museum we know today in 1987.