Brilliant gold deserts, flawless white beaches and hot springs are typical of Ras al Khaimah (or 'RAK'), whilst lofty mountains create an impressive backdrop for the UAE's northernmost emirate. With a steady track record for rapid growth, Ras al Khaimah's skyline is growing ever more impressive, but it is its skill for creating stunning luxury island resorts that have really drawn the eyes of the international community.
Year-round sunshine creates the ideal climate for beach holidays, and with a 40-mile coastline, there is no shortage of sand or sea! Experience first-class leisure facilities, entertainment and relaxing spa escapes on the beach resorts of Ras al Khaimah. Then investigate all the latest restaurants, many of which specialise in gourmet international cuisine.
Visitors of all ages can enjoy this family-friendly emirate, as there are mountain tours, desert camps, water sports and sailing cruises all available here. Ras al Khaimah is built on over 5,000 years of colourful history and culture, and if you want to learn more about the region, than duck into the RAK National Museum, see the stunning Dhayah Fort, and see the fascinating ruins of Jazirat al-Hamra, an old fishing village.
Ras al Khaimah has a desert climate and has warm summers (May to September) and mild winters (December to March). The weather is typically is milder here compared to other emirates, because of the cool breezes coming from both the mountains and the sea.
Temperatures can often reach 45 degrees during summer, particularly in July, but the hotels are all climate controlled and come with magnificent pools. Late March to early May and mid-October to late November are popular months to visit Ras al Khaimah for beach holidays.
If there's one thing the UAE is famous for its food. Originally home to a community of seafarers and merchants, exotic plants, spices and recipes have created strong international influences. Enjoy local staples like hummous, dolma and shawarma.
Explore fine dining options ranging from traditional Arabian menus to American, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines. Traces of Indian, Egyptian, Iranian and Turkish cuisines can be found in local dishes. There's something for everyone in Ras al Khaimah.
Be sure to keep hold of your identification at all times, and it's a good idea to have a photocopy of your passport just in case. For entry, you'll need a tourist visa on arrival. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.