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Ras Al Khaimah

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Country rank: 7 out of 11 Places To Visit In Uae

Sub-Region: U.A.E


Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: October - mid April (Read More)

Nearest Airport:  Ras al Khaimah (Check Flights)


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Ras Al Khaimah Tourism

One of the most scenic emirates of U.A.E, Ras Al-Khaimah is nestled along the Persian Gulf Coast at the northern end. The emirate serves as a perfect retreat for locals and tourists with its serene and calm environment and long sandy beaches.

Snuggled along the Arabian Gulf with an impressive backdrop of lofty Hajjar Mountains, Ras Al-Khaimah is renowned for its natural raw beauty. The emirate is covering 27 miles of coastline adorned with beautiful lagoons and tranquil sandy beaches making it a perfect destination for vacationers. Without the presence of oil fields, Ras Al-Khaimah has evolved itself as a prominent business hub by encouraging innovation, dynamism and entrepreneur culture. Its strategic location has made it easy to access the markets of Africa, Middle East, CIS Countries and Indian Subcontinent and thus strategizing the economic development. Although unexplored at the moment, the varied topography of the region including desert, mountains, beaches and lagoons gives it an edge over other emirates when it comes to scenic beauty. With Bedouin roaming about in desert and varied lifestyle of the neighborhoods, the place offers a perfect blend of modernism and traditional to its visitors.

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Ras Al Khaimah is an emirate with rich cultural heritage and archaeological history. With its past dating back to Bronze Age, this emirate is one of those few places that has been inhabited for over 7000 years. The excavation at various sites in the region has revealed of civilizations involved in advance level of trading since 5000 BC. The place has been through stages including Julfar, Majan or Al Seer; one can witness their relics reflected by the continuation of being a significant trading center of the region. Records show the arrival of a clan called Qawasim who united a huge part of Northern Emirates and establishes about 18 castles, fortifications and towers along with strongest fleets. Later, the arrivals of the British Empire lead to the several changes and finally unification of United Arab Emirates in 1971/72.

There is not much of nightlife in Ras Al Khaimah. However, one will find lounges bars and bars mostly located inside of hotels open to both guests and outsiders. They host pccasional live music performances, theme nights and football screenings. Timings vary a lot depending upon the venue. Some bars open as early as 17:00 and closes by 1:00, but others tend to open their door late by 21:00 and close down during early morning hours. Weekends i.e. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest. City Lights Bar, Crazy Horse bar, Dome Lounge, Flamingo Bar are few of the major night places.

Rah Al Khaimah is not exactly a shopperês paradise but offers a decent number of places to enjoy the activity. The best place to shop while in the emirate is the Al Hamra Shopping Mall, which houses array of retail outlets and departmental stores. The mall is also dotted with several eating joints and entertainment options, providing almost everything under one roof. Other major shopping complexes in the region are RAK Mall and Manar Mall. For art enthusiasts, there is an Al Noor Arts shopping center. To experience the traditional Arabian markets, one should visit the Old Souq, Al Nakhel (selling mostly Indian products), Fish Market and Vegetable Market.

Almost all the major credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted in Ras Al Khaimah such as Visa Card, MasterCard, Global Access, and Cirrus. Best option is to carry the primary currency Dirham. If you are planning to shop in the souks or markets, cash is the perfect option.

Ras Al Khaimah has several banks where currency can be exchanged. One can also get the money exchanged at hotels however, it is advisable to get the cash exchange before entering the emirate to get better exchange rate. Another option is to carry UK pounds and get them exchanged at Al Hamra exchnage Beau that offers comparatively lower exchange rate. Also there are plenty of ATMs available over the emirate.

This is to give an estimate of the amount of money a traveller should carry. Try and give separate ranges for a shoestring budget travel, comfortable travel and luxury travel. Short, objective information expected.


Arabs are very particular about their dress code, which is followed almost similarly throughout United Arab Emirates. Men usually wear dishdasha or kandura, a white full-length shirtdress, which is worn with a white or red checked headdress, known as a ghutrah. An agal, a black cord is used to secure ghutrah. For women, there is black abaya, a loose long robe to cover their usual clothes along with a headscarf known as sheyla. Some women also cover their faces with thin black veil called •Borgoê. As a tourist, one is expected to respect the general culture and etiquettes. Foreigners are free to practice their religion and dress in liberal manner; however, women should avoid wearing tight clothes, exposing much skin and cover their knees. Public display of affection is not accepted anywhere in U.A.E. Photography of tourist places are allowed but be polite to ask permission to photograph local people. Tipping is also widely practiced but it is not obligatory in any form.

Official language of Ras Al Khaimah is Arabic, which is common to entire U.A.E. Although, English is the main tourism language and is understood at quite a decent level, it is advisable to learn common Arabic phrases useful while shopping or eating out. Commonly used phrases, which can be useful while travelling in UAE, are: Hi: Salam Good Morning: Sabah el kheer Welcome: Marhaba Thank you: shukran Good night: Tosbeho ala khair Goodbye: Maêa salama

Food has always been a significant part of the Emirati culture. With a great history of being a fishing village, seafood is widely available in Ras Al Khaimah. Also came along the traces of other cuisines, which have become prominent part of their local food namely: Indian, Lebanese, Iranian, Egyptian and Turkish cuisines. One will not find authentic Emirati food here but only at •Popular Kitchenê type of places. Some of the major places to try are Pura Vida Restaurant (for meat lovers), place by a renowned Moroccan, Casa Maghrib and Lexington Grill in the Waldorf Astoria (US steak house). Traditional Lebanese mezze (hummos, mutabal, salads, and falafel), kebabs, biryani, fish, or lambs are some of the major dishes of the emirate. Many fast food restaurant chains along with numerous local food bars are also present here.

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