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Ras Al Khaimah

If you want a longer holiday in a neighbouring Emirate, Ras Al Khaimah could be the perfect location for you. Whether you’re tagging it onto the end of your holiday in Dubai, or furthering your appetite for Arabian destinations on a return journey, this Emirate is fast growing in popularity with tourists, and offers as much as Dubai can – though with fewer skyscrapers and a smaller skyline.

With a climate similar to Dubai, the optimum times to go are spring and autumn, or winter if you don’t mind the slightly cooler weather. Situated 45 minutes from Dubai’s International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah is easy to get to. Hotels range from the affordable to the luxury, and while Ras Al Khaimah can’t offer a 7-star hotel, it does have plenty of places to stay that won’t leave you missing any mod-cons.

From learning to sail at the Ras Al Khaimah Sailing Academy to cooling off at the Iceland Waterpark, lovers of water sports won’t be at a loss when deciding what activities to do. From snorkelling in crystal clear waters, to swimming in resplendent hotel pools, escaping from the heat has never been so enjoyable.

Take to the skies and see the UAE from the air: Seawings Urban Experiences will give you a bird’s eye view of the Emirates, taking off and landing in the pristine shoreline of Ras Al Khaimah. If seaplanes aren’t for you, try an aerial view in a lightweight aeroplane, or motor-powered parachute.

For a truly memorable experience, visit the Bassata Desert Village, where you’ll sleep in Arabian tents, eat local dishes, and try your hand at uniquely Arabian activities, like dune bashing, camel riding and belly dancing. While you’re exploring the desert, check out the awe-inspiring, world famous falconry displays at Banyan Tree Al Wadi.

From galloping down sandy beaches on horse-back, to playing golf at some of the world’s best courses, a holiday at Ras Al Khaimah is whatever you want it to be.