Historical Sites

One of the seven United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is just a 45 minute drive  from glamorous Dubai. While day trips to the more famous Emirate are easily doable, Ras Al Khaimah offers something beyond the obvious attractions of the UAE. Fringed with fine beaches and turquoise waters, it's geared up for sailing, kayaking, jet skiing and more. Lush mangroves and lagoons contrast with terracotta desert and rugged mountains, while luxurious and all inclusive hotels provide family-friendly activities and state of the art spa experiences.

Attractions and Offers

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Experience the rich heritage of Ras Al Khaimah, which includes majestic forts and museums – each telling a story of its own. History lovers would enjoy visiting the Dhayah fort, built in the 16th century on a mountain overlooking the Gulf, to fight the British troops. * The sites and attractions above and below are suggested by the tourist board, which may enhance your experience of Ras Al Khaimah. These attractions are not available to book through Thomas Cook. We don't own or operate any of these services. These are mentioned by way of a guide only. The information and availability of these services are subject to change. If you choose to book services locally with the service provider/local operator, we recommend you check your travel insurance covers any services you book and take part in and you get to know the company providing the services and any conditions that apply. 

  • Al Marjan Island Resort & Spa:  Rejuvenate mind, body and soul with an Arabian-style treatment tailored to you.
  • Tower Links Golf Club: Golf on professional grounds with stunning mangroves as your backdrop at Ras Al Khaimah's most 'natural' golf course.
  • Banyan Tree Al Wadi resort: Indulge in some well-earned pampering with an exclusive Banyan Tree Rainforest treatment, which combines eight different hydrothermal therapies to completely refresh your body.
  • Dhow Boat Cruise: Catch a traditional dhow boat from the marina and enjoy an Arabian dinner under the setting sun.

  • Jazirah Aviation Club: Get a birds-eye perspective of Ras Al Khaimah's coastal areas on-board a state of the art Microlite flying machine.
  • Challenging Adventure centre: Enjoy the great outdoors with a range of activities, including rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking and mountain biking.
  • RAK TRACK: Experience life in the fast lane at Ras Al Khaimah's premier karting race track.  Sessions are available every day of the week, on a first come first serve basis.
  • Water Sports: Ras Al Khaimah's beachfront hotels are your go-to for a range of water activities, including parasailing, fly fishing, wakeboarding and sailing.
  • Banyan Tree Activity Centre: From camel safaris and horseback riding, to archery and falconry shows, explore the wonders of the desert through a range of activities.

  • Iceland Water Park: Featuring the world's tallest man-made waterfall, as well as a range of slides and water attractions, this park is a great place to cool off from the midday heat.
  • Old Kuwaiti Souq: See the local way of life and shop for handcrafted souvenirs, clothing, and delicious local produce.
  • Falconry Show: Learn more about falcons and other birds of prey at this evening show at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort.
  • National Museum: Held in a 19th-century fort once occupied by the Qawasim rulers, this museum showcases a wide collection of historic artefacts from the area. 
  • Dhayah Fort: Climb a rambling staircase to the top of this hilltop fort for magnificent views across the region.

  • Mangroves Tour: Get up early and watch the sunrise as you kayak through the Ras Al Khaimah mangroves.
  • High Tea at the Waldorf Astoria: Choose from over 150 loose tea varieties at the Waldorf Astoria's elegant tea lounge.
  • Al Hamra Golf Course: Perfect your stroke in a peaceful, palm-lined environment. 
  • Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp: Enjoy an unforgettable adventure with an overnight stay at this secluded campsite in the Ras Al Khaimah desert.
  • Private Dinner: Experience a private candlelit dinner complete with your own personal chef and butler, on top of one of the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort's traditional watchtowers.
  • Sunset cruise: Watch the sun set across the Indian Ocean on a dhow boat dinner cruise.

Held in February, the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival attracts the hottest Emirati talent across film, photography, jewellery, painting and more. Featuring an afternoon exhibition and an evening of live music and dinner with a folk festival atmosphere, the German Spring Festival brings a slice of German culture to Ras Al Khaimah each April. The North Face Rock Run, held in April or May, promises its five-, 10- and 21-kilometre trail runners a warming fire and live music under the desert sky to keep them pushing on to the end

Looking for a year-round sunny destination with little rainfall? Look no further than the UAE. In Ras Al Khaimah, even in winter temperatures don't tend to dip much below the mid-20s during the day and the early teens overnight. Summer here is hot, with temperatures maxing out in the early 40s at the height of the season. For the best of the comfortably warm weather, visit between October and May

  • How are men and women expected to dress?
    You should aim to dress modestly out of respect for the local culture by keeping knees and shoulders covered while in public places.

  • Are you allowed to drink alcohol?
    Alcohol is served in most hotels, golf clubs, nightclubs and some bars and restaurants. Have fun, but be mindful that you're visiting a Muslim country.

  • On what days does the weekend fall?
    Friday and Saturday

  • Are there any religious events and festivals to be aware of?
    During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day, so many cafés and restaurants may be closed until later in the evenings. Other businesses and transport may also work to shorter operating hours. Check before you book as the dates of Ramadan change each year.

    Eid is marked with public holidays twice a year: at the end of Ramadan and between October and November. It's a time of celebration and feasting, and can be a great time to visit. Transport and businesses may work to different schedules.

  • What is the average cost of basic things, such as a meal or a taxi ride?
    A three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant costs around £23, and a five-kilometre taxi journey costs about £3.

  • How far is the airport from the main tourist area?
    RAK International Airport is 18 kilometres away. Dubai (DBX) airport is a 45 minute journey to Ras Al Khaimah.

  • What's the best way to get around Ras Al Khaimah?
    By taxi – they're easily available and very affordable

  • Is tipping expected? If so, how much?
    It's customary to give a 10 to 15 per cent tip for good service. Some hotels and restaurants add a service charge to bills. Round up taxi fares to the nearest note.

  • What currency is used in Ras Al Khaimah?
    United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)

  • What is the time difference?
    Ras Al Khaimah is four hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

  • How long does it take to fly to Ras Al Khaimah?
    Just over 10 hours.

  • Any other useful things to know?
    While Ras Al Khaimah welcomes many tourists from other countries, you should be aware that its laws and customs are different to those in the UK.