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With 65-kilometers of sandy beaches and clear blue waters, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has truly transformed into the quintessential holiday destination for tourists from other parts of the UAE, and from all over the world.
Unlike the more urbanized emirates of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai, Ras Al Khaímah is tamer and considered a great place to rediscover the beauty of nature, whether in the stately Jebel Jais mountain, or on its sandy shores.
Endowed with a naturally cooler climate, rugged terrains and mountains, Ras Al Khaímah also has archaeological sites, coastal areas and desert, which make it perfect for an array of activities that appeal to the whole family. These elements have been key to its transformation from a sleepy emirate into a vibrant holiday destination of choice.
A priority of the Ras Al Khaímah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA) is to continue developing new and exciting hospitality projects to ensure the influx of tourists. And investments have been bolstered by harnessing local talent in the region to provide a vibrant and thriving business environment.
This is evident in the already existing top-notch hotels and resorts located on Marjan Island. Some of these hotels include the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaîmah, the Hilton Ras Al Khaímah Resort & Spa, Banyan Tree Al Wadi, and The Cove Rotana.
Other major hospitality sector players include three hotels opening on Al Marjan Island. These include the massive 655-key Rixos Bab Al Bahr Resort, set to be the biggest resort in the entire UAE.
Then there is the Marjan Island Resort & Spa with 301 rooms and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ras Al Khaimah. Another hotel by the Bin Majid Group is the Santorini Hotel, scheduled for opening by the end of the year.
• RAK has all the elements needed to make it an ideal getaway
• It capitalizes on its natural panoramic landscape, cooler weather
• Tourism is expected to rise further with more hospitality projects
Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer