Ras al Khaimah Overview
The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has an impressive archaeological heritage and rich cultural history. This area has enticed settlers with its unique combination of the four different landscapes found in the United Arab Emirates: striking mountains, coastal beaches and mangroves, and the desert.
The interaction of these geographical factors coupled with Ras Al Khamiah’s strategic location at the mouth of the Arabian Gulf has shaped the very special heritage of the Emirate. Archaeological excavations reveal that an advanced trading civilizations have existed in this region since 5000 BC.
This rich history dating back to the Bronze Age makes Ras Al Khaimah one of the few places in the world that has continuously had settlers for over 7,000 years. Known through the ages as Julfar, Majan or Al Seer, Ras Al Khaimah has stood throughout antiquity as one of the most important trade centres and markets in the region.
Its position at the most trafficked maritime crossroads meant that the emirate was known to traders around the Gulf. Records show that inhabitants from RAK travelled as far afield as Bombay, China and Zanzibar as early as the 10th century.
Combining the past and the future, Ras Al Khaimah brings you the best of both worlds. Five star hospitality with an authentic Emirati welcome. Delicious international and local cuisine, prepared with passion and served with pride. Beautiful resorts by the glistening blue waters of the Arabian Ocean, endless desert and mountain views to take your breath away and unforgettable experiences for the holiday of a lifetime.
Whatever time of year you visit, Ras Al Khaimah offers a huge choice of activities for all tastes and budgets. There’s also something for everyone, with every energy level catered for – from a relaxing massage in a relaxing health spa to action packed watersports and zip wires for adrenaline junkies. The range of activities reflect the emirate’s diverse natural landscapes.
- The Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert Resort & Spa
- The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Resort
- Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
- The Rixos Bab Al Bahr