Ras Al Khaimah - The ‘top of the tent’

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The northernmost emirate, Ras Al Khaimah is strategically flanked by the majestic Hajar Mountain that gently blends into the turquoise ocean. It boasts a 64 km long white sand coastline. Over the years, Ras Al Khaimah has witnessed a shocking transformation from an ancient city to a commercial hotspot. It has embraced modernism without relinquishing its age-old culture, which makes it a refreshing alternative from contemporary burgeoning glittery metropolis.

Best time to visit Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah’s exuberance increases during winters. Hence, December to February is perhaps the best time to visit the place. You can find below a complete breakdown of all the seasons to help you plan your trip better.

  • Summer: Being a tropical city, Ras Al Khaimah experiences long and sultry summers. The scorching heat and humidity make it difficult to stay outdoors during the day. The temperature goes up to 49 degrees Celsius, and dust storms during the late afternoons make sight-seeing nearly impossible. So, you could explore indoor activities if you happen to travel during this period.
  • Autumn: Autumns are quite pleasant and stretch along the months of September to November. November is hailed as the ideal month to drop by Ras al Khaimah.
  • Winters:  Winters in Ras Al Khaimah are a perfect time to unwind and relax, with temperature varying around 22 degrees. A series of festivals are organised in this season which enhances the travel experience. Frequent rainfall is witnessed during this time.
  • Spring: Spring is also extremely gratifying with occasional spells of rain and the temperature welcoming subtle warmth. It usually lasts from March to the month of May.

Spoken languages in Ras Al Khaimah

  • Arabic is the most frequently used as well as the national language of Ras Al Khaimah.
  • English is also abundantly spoken due to its touristy atmosphere.
  • Pro-tip: Marhaba is the customary way to greet someone in Arabic.

Visa and immigration requirements for Ras Al Khaimah  

As per the issued directive if you are an Indian national visiting Ras Al Khaimah for business, transit or vacation, your visa will remain valid for 30 days at a stretch and can be extended if you carry a recommendation of any VIP of Ras Al Khaimah. It is essential for your passport to remain valid for six months following your travel. Other countries’ citizens are advised to look over the visa requirements specific to their terrain.

How to reach Ras Al Khaimah?

  • By air: Ras Al Khaimah International airport is located at a distance of 22 km from the city centre. IndiGo currently extends direct flights to Ras Al Khaimah from Delhi or Mumbai along with excellent integration with various other destinations.
  • Getting around: Public transport is exceptionally well-developed in Ras Al Khaimah, with taxis and buses connecting different points of the city. You can pre-book your cabs to indulge in hassle-free travel. Uber service is also efficient and easily available.
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Places to visit in Ras Al Khaimah

  • Jebel Jais: It is the summit of Hajar Mountain with a height of 1,934 metres from sea-level. The drive along the serpentine road amidst the tangerine rocks to Jebel Jais is a memory to last a lifetime.
  • Ras-Al-Khaimah Beach: The golden sand of the beach provides a perfect opportunity to soak in some sun or engage in exciting water sports. You can even hire a kayak and sail through the waves.
  • Ras-Al-Khaimah National Museum: Initiallya fort, it has been transformed into a museum housing interesting curios, manuscripts and documents to enthral history buffs.
  • Dhayah Fort: The 16thcentury construction is strategically positioned on top of a hill and is one of the most spectacular attractions of Ras-Al-Khaimah.

Places to eat in Ras Al Khaimah

Lexington Grill
Lexington Grill

It is one of the most premier places to savour some juicy steak and barbequed meat. The stunning interior adds to the fine dining experience.

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Basilico
Basilico

This restaurant excels in Mediterranean cuisine. The sea bass is one of the most popular dishes there.

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Casa Maghrib
Casa Maghrib

The Moroccan delights, grilled meat, Mint Tea served here alongside an alluring view of the sea will ignite your taste buds with a burst of flavour.

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La Luna Restaurant
La Luna Restaurant

Specialising in Thai and Italian cuisines, the bistro-inspired family restaurant attracts foodies from all over the globe.

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Zaitouna House
Zaitouna House

If you are craving Lebanese favourites in a fine dining atmosphere, this is the place to be.

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Shopping in Ras Al Khaimah

Souks: The multitude of souks overflowing with locally manufactured fabrics, carpets, shawls and spices see hundreds of bargain shoppers crowding inside them.

Manar Mall: The gleaming mall stocks up great skincare products. International fashion brands have set up their stores here.

RAK Mall: Probably the best shopping destination in the city, RAK Mall houses a number of local and global brands. You can binge buy clothes, shoes and perfumes to your heart’s content. 

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Nightlife in Ras Al Khaimah

It is time to discard any qualms you might have surrounding the nightlife of Ras Al Khaimah. There are numerous places for party animals to chill the night away.

  • Club Acacia: The most happening party destination in town, Club Acacia invites people to while away weekends with dancing and drinks. The talented belly dancers put on a great show every evening.
  • XclusiV NightClub: It lives up to its name with latest chart-toppers and amazing cocktails hyping up the party atmosphere. The in-house DJ on request will take you down the memory lane with a buzzing 80s mix.
  • Club Inferno: Let your hair loose and party hard at the dedicated dance floor or unwind at the VIP lounge of Club Inferno.
  • Pulso Night Club: The live band music creates an ambience strikingly different from the other night clubs of the city. The authentic mood coupled with great food ensures patrons have a fun-filled night.
  • Club 55: With elegant interiors, cosy seating arrangements and professional service, Club 55 gives no room to criticise. It hosts regular ladies’ night as well as other theme parties to keep visitors interested.

Where to stay in Ras Al Khaimah

Oriental Residence

The luxury hotel Rixos Bab Al Bahr Stationed along the pristine white sands of Marjan Island, the voguish accommodations, sensational panorama and upscale restaurants offer the luxuries of a high-end five star resort. Seven Heights is a premier restaurant that masters in global flavours. Mojito Lounge, See & Sea and Inferno bars serve unlimited drinks as innovative as their names. The premise houses a dedicated spa, clubs and centres for sports and other recreational activities. You can reach Rixos Bab Al Bahr via a 25 km drive from Ras Al Khaimah city.

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The exclusive Cove Rotana Resort Situated on the beachfront overlooking the cerulean ocean, Cove Rotana Resort is a favourite for corporate groups and business travellers. The property has exclusive meeting and fully equipped seminar quarters along with world-class dining facilities. The kaleidoscope of cuisine that unfolds on the daily buffet menu at Cinnamon all-day dining restaurant thoroughly tempts visitors. Guests can also revel in the refreshing drinks and light snacks available at Sunset Pool Bar, Breeze Bar & Lounge and Laguna Bar. The stylish and cosy villas are ideal for couples and families looking for a quiet getaway from the mundane. Other amenities include spa, Jacuzzi, outdoor pools for adults and children, fitness centre and water sports galore. The location is a mere 25 minutes’ drive from Ras Al Khaimah Airport.

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Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island This polished and deluxe hotel in Marjan Island is furnished with every amenity to ensure guests can enjoy a pleasant stay. The Pirate Boat AquaZone boasting of the largest water slide and trampoline makes it a top choice for families on vacation. The stylish accommodations either have direct beach access or attached private pools. There are a total of 13 restaurants in this resort along with an opulent nightclub. The smartly accoutre gym is a great place to burn a few calories.

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Bin Majid Beach Hotel An undeniable Arabic charm resides in every nook and corner of Bin Majid Hotel. This four star property is also perched on a private beach with just over 1.6 km drive away from Iceland Water Park. The Olympic sized, disappearing, edged pool is its primary appeal. You can also try volleyball and windsurfing. The in-house restaurant excels in scrumptious regional dishes, and the nightclub exudes a pretty lively vibe. The authority also arranges private sight-seeing tours across Ras Al Khaimah on request.

More reasons to visit Ras Al Khaimah

Hiking trails in Hajar Mountains: If you are an adventure enthusiast and enjoy a good hiking activity, then Ras Al Khaimah is the place to be at. Frequent nature walking groups are organised. You can even hire your personal guide and go on a solo tour.

Jazirah Al Hamra: The abandoned village is rumoured in Islamic folklore to be haunted by spirits which make it an intriguing place to visit. The eerie that befalls the surroundings is a great location to express your photography skills.

Khatt Springs:  Ever dreamt of a hot spring nestled in a dessert? Ras Al Khaimah is here to make that dream come true. 

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