About Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the Emirates that's giving Dubai a run for its money. It's rapidly becoming THE destination for both adventurers and those looking to relax. Book your perfect vacation rental on FlipKey and start packing – it's going to be a great trip!

About Ras Al Khaimah

The history of Ras Al Khaimah goes back for millennia. Throughout the city and the surrounding area, you'll see lots of historical spots from different periods – including remains of the Umm an-Nar culture from way back in 2000 BC.

A lot has changed since then, including the name—Ras Al Khaimah was originally known as Julfar.

It is now a vacation hot spot, open to visitors from all over the world. The red hot summer heat reaches its peak (about 108F) between June and August, so tourists tend to visit in the spring and autumn months.

Whether you want to explore the old town, shop in the city center, laze on the beach, or have an adventure in the mountains, Ras Al Khaimah can cater for your needs. There's never a dull moment in this city, so be ready for a trip of a lifetime.

What to do in Ras Al Khaimah

Those who want to discover the history and culture of Ras Al Khaimah should see some of the famous sites. The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah will explain all, and it’s in the former palace of the Al Qasimi family so has a spectacular setting.

Go see the ruins of Sheba's medieval palace, the Al Jazirah Al Hamra – a real life 'ghost town', and the Old City and Souq where you can buy traditional souvenirs.

If you're more about relaxing, head to one of the sandy beaches, or for something more secluded, one of the oases. A trip to the hot springs is also a must!

If you're up for an adventure, head up to the rugged mountains that surround the city. You'll have fantastic views and it’s a great way to work up a sweat!

To cool off, head to Ice Land – the area's first water park. Suitable for all ages, it's a great place to take the family!

Top travel tips for Ras Al Khaimah

Most of the new and shiny tourist attractions are in the Al Hamra region, so if you're looking for a modern and sophisticated trip, this is where you should go.

You'll need a visa to get in, but for some countries it’s free! You'll probably fly into the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport – just 20-minutes from the city centre. Take a taxi—don't worry, they're all metered—and head straight to your vacation rental.

To find out more about the city, get a guided tour of the area. You'll be sure to discover some hidden gems while you take a look around.

Experience the wonders of Ras Al Khaimah by exploring every inch of the city during your stay. There's always something exciting to do, so when you pack that suitcase be ready for anything! 

For the best place to stay, check out FlipKey's Ras Al Khaimah vacation rentals today.