The City of Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah literally means the “Top of the Tent”. It is the Nothern most Emirate and one of the seven that make up the United Arab Emirates – others being Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain and Fujairah.
Located just around an hour’s drive from Dubai, RAK – as it is more commonly referred to by the locals, is blessed with year-round sunshine and pristine beaches. The residents of RAK come from different backgrounds, making it culturally diverse and this is reflected in the numerous cuisines, artifacts and events that form the social scene here. The habitants of RAK comprise of 50% local Emiratis and 50% expat community – making it an ideal place to take in the local traditions and at the same time you will find something that will resonate your feelings of being at home. The emirate is renowned for its hospitality and over the recent years has become a popular staycation destination for people living in the other Emirates too.
RAK is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. The majestic Hajar mountains and the highest peak in the UAE – Jebel Jais, form the perfect backdrop to this beautiful city. The mesmerizing coastline stretching almost 64kms in length, is home to many world-renowned hotels and public beaches where locals often flock to during the evenings and holidays. The expansive desert offers a perfect opportunity for those adventure seekers who want to take in the majestic dunes and camping safaris.
Archeological findings point out to the fact that RAK has been home to ancient trading civilisations since 5,000 BC. Its strategic location in the Arabian Gulf, made it quite accessible and had been frequented by visitors and explorers. The records indicate that the people from RAK travelled through the seas to destinations like India, China and Zanzibar as early as the 10th century. With its history dating back almost 7,000 years, one can find interesting sites like beautiful mosques, ancient forts and the historic village of Al Jazirah Al Hamra.
The combination of its history, culture, sea, mountains and desert make RAK a unique destination to live and visit.