Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The capital of the emirate is also named as the name of the emirate, sometimes abbreviated to RAK city. This emirate is the northernmost emirate of all in the UAE. It is mainly known for the Arabian Gulf beaches. It is notable that it has. The total land area of RAK is 2486 square km and it has a population over 416,600. The city of RAK has mainly two areas- the Old Town and Nakheel.
RAK has lots of notable landmarks. For example, there is the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. It is housed in the former palace of the ruling Al Qasimi family. The museum exhibits natural history, arts, and crafts of previous centuries, etc. There is also the Dhayah Fort. This fort is the highest hilltop fort in the United Arab Emirates. Then there is the Sheba’s Palace which is the ruins of a medieval palace. Like this, there are many more places such as the Al Falayah Fort, Bu Shaqq tower, the Al Jazirah Al Hamra, etc.
One can also visit the Jebel Jais, the highest point in the whole UAE. The place is situated almost 1934 meters above sea level. Another notable place is the Jazirat al-Hamra which is a traditional fishing village of RAK which is basically completely abandoned by now but preserved for the tourists to understand the true art of fishing.
These places clearly illustrate that RAK is actually a very fast growing tourist destination having a focus on sun and sand vacation. The authority is also paying attention to adventure tourism due to the high mountains which are featuring the longest zip line in the world which will surely get added to the tourist map.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority took plans and settled specific targets to develop its tourism sector. The authority firstly launched their first three-year destination strategy in 2016 where they mentioned that they set up a goal of attracting 1 million tourists in the year of 2018! And the biggest thing is, they succeeded to attract more than 1 million tourists just in 2018. The authority is saying that the emirate has exceeded these targets with a reported 1,012,066 tourists from domestic and key international markets choosing to stay in RAK in the year of 2018.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has now announced its new Destination Strategy 2019-2021. They are working hard to ensure that their destination is attractive to travelers. RAKTDA is trying to attract 105 million tourists by 2021 and more than 3 million tourists by the year of 2025. By 2021 they aim to support the employment of almost 10,000 more people in this sector.
Now when we speak so much about tourism or attractive places, we want to go to those places. But then the question arrives in our minds that where will we stay after we go there. A simple answer- there are hotels for staying and spending nights while visiting. Everybody wants to stay in a hotel where they will be able to spend their nights safely and nicely; where they will be able to get a sound sleep after being tired. People also want hotels where their belongings will be kept safely.
Then let’s talk a bit about some of the Ras Al Khaimah hotels. A tourist will find every kind of hotels in here whether that is cheap of 4-star or 5-star hotel. For example, if you want to stay in cheap hotels you may book a room in the DoubleTree hotel of the Hilton group. Also, there is Tulip Inn, Bin Majid Acacia hotel, Al Maha Residence, etc. Tourists can save up to 88% of their cost by staying there hotels as the starting price of these hotels is $33.
Some of the 4-star hotels are the Hilton Garden Inn, Bin Majid Beach Hotel, the Jannah Resort, and Villas, etc. Among these, you will be able to stay in the Hilton Garden Inn with just only $64. If you want to live in the Bin Majid Beach Resort, you have to pay $111.
Now coming to the main attraction, the 5-star hotels- the sign of luxury. The first name that comes is the Waldorf Astoria, the ideal destination for an unforgettable getaway. This hotel is hidden heaven in the peaceful emirate of RAK. This located just 45 minutes away from Dubai International Airport. There is a private beach of 350 meters of length, 2 temperature controlled pools, water sport activities, spa with floatation bed, VIP couple’s treatment room and what not! This hotel has got more than 100 awards and accolades since the opening in the year of 2013.
Then may come to the Cove Rotana Resort, where the traditional charm embraces the uniqueness of the Arabian culture. There is a 600-meter long beach in the hotel. Tourists will find 7 elegantly designed massage rooms, fully equipped gym, 2 of the infinity pools, etc. There are 3 fully equipped and flexible meeting rooms; outlets of the Basilico Mediterranean Restaurant, Breeze Bar and Lounge, Laguna Bay Bar and so on.
In this way, there are various more 5-star hotels. Well, when we are talking about these hotels, a piece of information must be put to the article. There are a few hotels which have been recognized as kid-friendly hotels. Among them, some names which can be mentioned are the Hilton RAK Resort, Marjan Island Resort, and Spa, The Cove Rotana Resort, the Rixos Bab Al Bahr, etc.
Now that we know briefly about the hotels of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, then there should not be any further problems regarding hotels if someone wants to visit the place. There may remain one question, how can tourist book rooms in the hotels. Well, you can contact them through their websites, but the best way to contact with them will be through this site: www.booking.com. This is a site where a tourist will find almost most of the renowned and well-rated hotels in Ras Al Khaimah. In this site, the starting prices of each hotel including the contact numbers, the common and extra facilities that the hotels render, the address- everything of the hotels is given. Therefore, there remains no further question regarding this accommodation problem. So, what are you waiting for, grab your luggage and visit the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
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