Ras Al Khaimah Area Guide

  • Ras al-Khaimah is an emirate in the United Arab Emirates, on the east side of the Persian Gulf.
  • Its name means "Top of the Tent".
  • The emirate is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman's Musandam.
  • Area : 650 sq miles (1,684 km²)
  • Only a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, one of the world's busiest and most convenient, RAK has long been a secret oasis for those seeking refuge from the congestion and skyscrapers of the UAE's major cities.


Ras Al Khaimah is a unique destination for visitors of all ages, thanks to its diverse landscapes and distinctive excursions that have enticed guests over the years. This rising emirate boasts of beautiful mountains, red sandy deserts and lush green plains indented by a series of creeks and lagoons. It has a rich heritage, dating back 7,000 years, which manifests in numerous historical sites, forts and abandoned villages.

Ras Al Khaimah offers a variety of entertainment and relaxation facilities including exclusive Hotels & Resorts, international cuisines’ restaurants and selective spas, all at great value for money. Located on the beaches, mountains as well as the desert, these luxurious Resorts do full justice to the natural beauty of Ras Al Khaimah. The Emirate is also a haven for exceptional spas that are prominent in resorts like the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Hilton Resort & Spa and Golden Tulip Khatt Springs. The cherry on the cake is the natural hot springs in Khatt, the only one in the UAE, where guests can take a relaxing therapeutic bath.

With a wide range of adventure and sports activities covering mountain adventures, desert camps, golf courses and watersports, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah presents an ultimate outdoor experience for tourists. Whether shopping in the welcoming old Souq (market), soaking up the sun on one of the beaches or taking a ride on the world’s tallest water slides, Ras Al Khaimah has something for everyone. A special excursion worth mentioning is the Land of Pearls, which takes guests through the journey of a Pearl from the operation room to the mouth of the oyster itself!

This rising emirate, with its rich history and culture, offers a number of historical sites and ancient ruins dating back to the 13th century AD. The forts and the museums display the proud heritage of the Emiratis here, who are still renowned for their warm hospitality.

Located just 45 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and 30 minutes from Oman as well as being well connected by Airport, ports and the national highway, Ras Al Khaimah enables easy stopovers for guests. With its splendid natural treasure and recreational choices, Ras Al Khaimah is a picture-perfect leisure destination that is a “must” for travellers looking to be smitten by the real essence of Arabia.