When it comes to discovering new and exciting tourism spots, it pays to be well informed about destinations where officials are taking the right steps towards making their jurisdictions more attractive and convenient to visitors. Some of these places tend to fly under the radar, and they may be overshadowed by nearby competitors, but they are certainly worth discovering. In Spain, for example, everyone knows about Madrid, Barcelona and Costa del Sol, but what about Alicante and Cadiz?
In the Persian Gulf region, tourists who visit the United Arab Emirates usually have two places in mind: Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Since these are places that already live in your imagination prior to your arrival, you end up overlooking the tempting tourism opportunities that other emirates such as Ras Al Khaimah have to offer. If you are not familiar with RAK, the first thing you should know is that this emirate is located in the northern part of the UAE, which means that it enjoys a geographical and climatological advantage.
Ras Al Khaimah is blessed with miles of sunny coastline, refreshing rainfall, mild temperatures, fishing, agriculture, historical sites dating back centuries, luxury resorts, modern infrastructure, great cuisine, gorgeous desert landscapes, and friendly locals. When translated into English, the name of this emirate roughly means “at the top of the tent,” which makes sense insofar as its northernmost location in the UAE. You know how temperatures in Dubai can be overwhelmingly high? Such is not the case in RAK, where instead of having to sit inside air conditioning restaurants, you can actually enjoy al fresco meals made with local ingredients at seaside cafes.
While in the gleaming metropolis of Dubai everything seems to be fast-paced and efficient, Ras Al Khaimah is more laid-back, relaxed and authentic, but this does not mean that it lacks excitement. RAK is home to the world’s longest zipline, and some of the adventurous tourism activities you can get into when you visit include hiking, camelback riding tours, rock climbing, rappelling, and windsurfing. If you prefer to take things slower, bring your family to the Oasis Bedouin Camp and learn about the history of this ancient culture and its penchant for relaxing in luxury.
The emergence of Ras Al Khaimah as a premier Arabian destination for tourism owes a lot to the family of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi. This royal family has taken great steps towards modernizing this emirate and improving quality of life among residents. RAK does not have the crude oil production riches of Dubai, but it has managed to build a competitive economy through trade, research, investments, education, and tourism. Since the late 1980s, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr has been working diligently on making RAK an attractive destination for business, and the time has come to make this emirate the jewel of tourism in the Persian Gulf.
When you plan your visit to Ras Al Khaimah, keep in mind that a royal family has made great efforts in making sure that your visit is unforgettable, and they will like you to return sometime.