With over 7,000 years of fascinating history and culture, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect getaway from everyday life. Offering magnificent landscapes, breathtaking coastlines and rich, terracotta desert planes, the emirate has firmly established itself as one of the most authentic destinations in the Middle East. With year-long sunshine and 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches, just 45 minutes from the busy metropolis of Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah offers an entirely unique experience from its neighbouring emirates.
21 Jul 22Partner News
Highlander To Return To Ras Al Khaimah – Registration Now Open For The Ultimate Long Distance Hiking AdventureSoaring rockscapes, rugged canyons, winding pathways and mesmerizing views of the Arabian Gulf – ...Read moreHighlander To Return To Ras Al Khaimah – Registration Now Open For The Ultimate Long Distance Hiking Adventure - News & announcementsSoaring rockscapes, rugged canyons, winding pathways and mesmerizing views of the Arabian Gulf – the Hajar Mountains are a breath-taking celebration of nature that makes hiking in Ras Al Khaimah truly unforgettable. From 18 - 20 November, hikers at home and abroad have a unique opportunity to explore the secrets of the mountains with HIGHLANDER Ras Al Khaimah 2022. Taking place on the UAE’s longest developed hiking trail, the first adventure, HIGHLANDER55, is a 55km hike over three days (18 – 20 November 2022), while the HIGHLANDER Experience is a 30km two-day trek (19 – 20 November 2022). Both routes will offer exciting mental and physical challenges and the opportunity to take in the natural wonders of Ras Al Khaimah’s stunning mountain topography. The second time the event has been held in the Emirate following the sell-out success of the first HIGHLANDER in November 2021, hikers will once again, in a backpacking fashion, carry everything they need to be self-sufficient and navigate through 100 kilometers of stunning hiking trails across Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak. Encompassing 14 kilometers of newly developed and more challenging trails, including the new HIGHLANDER trail, which stands as the longest developed hiking trail in the UAE, the route will take hikers through Wadi Ghalila, making their way through the iconic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trail for the ultimate hiking experience. Designed to be more challenging than the original trails, the new routes are divided into two sections; the lower segment connects the top of Jebel Jais to the lower trails, through the popular ‘Hidden Oasis’ spot, while the upper segment connects the various Jebel Jais trails to extend the longer distance routes. With safety as paramount, there will be numerous HIGHLANDER checkpoints supported by marshals and medical first aid stations. In line with Ras Al Khaimah’s vision to become a sustainable tourism leader, HIGHLANDER’s global ethos follows the principles of sustainable tourism through its zero-waste policy. Each adventure will feature a ‘Leave No Trace’ workshop as well as educational sessions on ecology and sustainability to highlight the importance of protecting the Emirate’s natural environment and taking home only memories and stunning photographs. These talks will reinforce the nature-driven aspect of hiking, drawing awareness and appreciation of hikers towards the diverse natural landscape and the need to preserve it, as well as the rich culture of the Emirate. Raki Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “Ras Al Khaimah is well known as the nature Emirate, with its combination of sea, desert and mountains. Drawing on this natural heritage, we’ve worked closely with the local community to preserve the surrounding ecosystem, resulting in some of the most developed hiking trails in the region. As leaders in global adventure, we welcome HIGHLANDER for the second year to revisit some of their favourite trails on Jebel Jais and to discover new paths of exploration.” Fadi Hachicho, Managing Director of HIGHLANDER UAE and Founder of Adventurati Outdoor, said: “Last year’s HIGHLANDER event saw Ras Al Khaimah welcome 158 adventurers from the UAE and other European countries to explore the Emirate’s unique mountain ecosystem. I am so excited to host a second edition where, together with the Authority, we will immerse the HIGHLANDER community in the natural beauty of our Emirate, reinforce the wellbeing attributes of outdoor activities and show the importance of preserving and nature for future generations.” Registrations are now open at highlanderadventure.com/ras-al-khaimah/. Entries cost AED 1,300 and include three meals per day, transportation to the start point, transportation of one 60L/20kg bag to the finish point and Mountain Rescue service fee. Participants will all receive a HIGHLANDER finisher badge and certificate, ID, Bib number, map and an exclusive finish point celebration. For further details visit the website or the HIGHLANDER Instagram page. To discover more exciting outdoor activities in the Emirate go to visitrasalkhaimah.com and visitjebeljais.com or Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority’s Instagram, YouTube and Facebook pages.
01 Apr 22Partner News
Make Ras Al Khaimah Your Home Away From Home And Enjoy Year-Round Sunshine And Nature With The ‘Live Rak Play’ ProgrammeThe nature-based Emirate is extending its popular remote working initiative to offer global professionals ...Read moreMake Ras Al Khaimah Your Home Away From Home And Enjoy Year-Round Sunshine And Nature With The ‘Live Rak Play’ Programme - News & announcementsThe nature-based Emirate is extending its popular remote working initiative to offer global professionals the chance to relocate for up to 12 months. From five-star hotels and resorts to captivating scenery, white sandy beaches, and laid-back vibes, check out Ras Al Khaimah for the ultimate working from home location Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) announces an extension to its popular ‘Live RAK Play’ programme, inviting digital nomads to swap an idyllic Zoom backdrop for the real thing and relocate to the Emirate for up to a year. Available now until 30 September 2022, ‘Live RAK Play’ features a range of long-stay offers across numerous hotels with seamless connectivity and discounts on dining, laundry, and car rental. The pandemic has led to a rise in remote working, as industries across the world adopt more flexible working policies and professionals are increasingly seeking to explore new and safe destinations while staying connected digitally. According to Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits consultancy, companies have reported that productivity is the same as or higher than it was before COVID-19, even with their teams working remotely, contributing to greater employee wellbeing and better work life balance. “We’ve seen first-hand the impact of remote working on employee wellbeing,” said Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. “Our own company culture, which reflects a host of workplace initiatives to help our people both professionally and personally, has given employees the space to focus on their mental wellbeing. As the government entity with the Happiest Work Environment in Ras Al Khaimah and a ‘Great Place to Work’, we’re driven to create even more opportunities and ‘Live RAK Play’ taps into this culture by giving remote workers the chance to call our beautiful Emirate home.” With an array of new and exciting activities to weave into the daily routine – not to mention an abundance of outdoor activities known to support mental health and reduce stress – Ras Al Khaimah offers the ultimate ‘working from home’ setting. Visitors taking part in the Live RAK Play’ programme can check their emails from the UAE’s highest restaurant, 1484 by Puro, located on Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, or take video calls from one of many white sandy beaches. They can even complete the company training module while lounging poolside and enjoying the services at one of the Emirate’s stunning hotels across beach, desert, and city locations. Once done for the day, guests can take advantage of the plethora of experiences available; from a refreshing ocean swim or visit to the spa, to hiking around Wadi Showka, off-roading in the desert or dining at one of Ras Al Khaimah’s world-class venues. To make the most of their downtime and weekends, they will also receive two complimentary tickets to either Suwaidi Pearl Farm, the only pearl farm in the UAE or Jais Adventure Park, home to the Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline and much more. A half day-mountain excursion at the Bear Grylls Explorer Camp is also included for a truly unique outdoors experience. Ensuring optimal levels of work productivity in Ras Al Khaimah, the ‘Live RAK Play’ programme offers seamless and complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as discounted rates on laundry, telephone calls and food and beverage. It also provides appealing hotel rates, complimentary airport transfers, car rental deals and enticing offers across Al Hamra Golf Club, outdoor experiences with Adventurati Outdoors, Adventure Sports as well as The Dunes for desert safaris, dune bashing and camping. ‘Live RAK Play’ packages can be booked at the following participating hotels and attractions: Hotels
- Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort
- Doubletree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
- Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island
- Radisson Resort Ras Al Khaimah, Marjan Island
- Jannah Hotel Apartments and Villas
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Doubletree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah
- Citymax Hotel Ras Al Khaimah
- Action Hotel Ras Al Khaimah
- Al Hamra Golf Club
- Adventure Sports
- The Dunes - camping & safari
- Adventurati Outdoor
- Suwaidi Pearls Farm
- Warrior Group
- Low Price Rent A Car
24 Jan 22Partner News
Ras Al Khaimah: successful Start-up Innovation Camp & Summit promotes sustainable tourism and honours four start-upsUnder the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme ...Read moreRas Al Khaimah: successful Start-up Innovation Camp & Summit promotes sustainable tourism and honours four start-ups - News & announcementsUnder the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and organised by the World Tourism Forum Lucerne, the international Start-up Innovation Camp & Summit was held in Ras Al Khaimah on 18th and 19th January 2022. Steps towards a more sustainable future for tourism were discussed in workshops and a public conference with 150 participants. Twelve start-ups, which had to qualify in an intense competition, were also invited to showcase their innovative ideas for moving the travel and hospitality industries forward. The best four of them were presented with an award. The World Tourism Forum Lucerne entered into a strategic partnership with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) three years ago. This was done not only because Ras Al Khaimah is the fastest-growing tourist destination in the Middle East but also, and in particular, because the visionary emirate is engaged in numerous initiatives designed to make it a regional market leader in sustainable tourism by 2025. It was therefore entirely fitting that the emirate should put itself forward to host the internationally minded Start-up Innovation Camp & Summit, where innovations for more sustainable tourism are encouraged and promoted. Commenting on the event, Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “We pride ourselves on being a dynamic and forward-looking Emirate, eager to adapt and embrace the changes required for the future success not only of the tourism industry but the wider business landscape. It is our goal in Ras Al Khaimah to nurture a tourism industry which is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable and we place a huge importance on fostering growth and development of start-ups within the Emirate to help achieve that vision” Adding “The WTLF start-up innovation event was a great platform to cultivate an inclusive and productive forum to encourage innovation for future generations and drive positive change across the industry. I feel enthusiastic and hopeful for the dialogue we have started at this forum and for the future of tourism.” International experts The public conference attracted many high-calibre experts from all over the world, who came to share their expertise in fascinating talks and debate the future of tourism together. For instance, Samih Sawiris, member of the board of directors of Orascom Development Holding, revealed what he looks out for when investing in a start-up and explained that customers also need to learn that sustainability has its price. John Scanlon, chair of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime, spoke about the many endangered species of animals in the world, why a loss of biodiversity is also a threat to humanity and how we can support the diversity of animal life. And Michael O’Shea, founder and owner of the international investment firm Kerten Group, highlighted the importance of networks such as that of the WTFL and of cultivating contacts with people, including young talent. Getting start-ups integrated into the industry in this way is also a top priority for Martin Barth, President and CEO of WTFL: “In this fast-changing world, it’s more important than ever to bring start-ups with their new business model together with investors, but also with established companies. This is the only way we’ll transform the tourism industry into something more sustainable that is capable of surviving in the long term even when faced with a constant stream of new trends and new needs, like it is at the moment.” Start-ups with groundbreaking ideas The twelve top start-ups that were invited along had previously been picked by a panel of experts, having had to fight off over 400 competitors from 74 countries in a fierce qualifying round. The Innovation Camp gave them the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops and get one-to-one coaching in areas such as fundraising, marketing and sales, as well as presentation and communication skills. They also benefited from the chance to talk directly to the tourist industry heavyweights that were at the event and succeeded in impressing their audience with their ideas and business models. The best performers were crowned the four winners, who received a sum of prize money plus entry into the World Tourism Forum Lucerne’s global network of start-ups:
- Aguardio (“Hospitality” category) has developed interactive, Internet-enabled sensors that help reduce water and energy consumption in bathrooms without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
- Tashi (“Transaction” category) offers a no-code tool that, for instance, enables individual tourist regions – even without any knowledge of coding – to create their own digital marketplace where all available offers can be integrated and viewed by customers.
- PashooPakshee (“Destination” category) lets local artisans and communities in remote areas sell their hand-crafted souvenirs in tourist hotspots.
- Spark (“Mobility”) makes car parks easier to use by allowing vehicles to be checked in and out in a contact- and paperless process and parking charges to be paid directly via a mobile app.
05 Oct 21Partner News
List Of The Top Four Luxury Resorts And Hotels In Ras Al KhaimahWhether you’re traveling to Ras Al Khaimah for business or pleasure, the emirate is home ...Read moreList Of The Top Four Luxury Resorts And Hotels In Ras Al Khaimah - News & announcementsWhether you’re traveling to Ras Al Khaimah for business or pleasure, the emirate is home to several beautiful luxury resorts and hotels. With amenities ranging from private cabanas on the beach to exquisite dining options, your stay in Ras Al Khaimah will be a vacation you’ll never forget. Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost emirate in the UAE and was long known for its exquisite pearls and ancient ports. Nowadays, tourists flock to the region for its diverse topography, and a sulfur spring said to bring healing. Concerned about Covid? The UAE has resumed most transportation operations (including airports) and business operations (including daycares and school). Many hotels, restaurants and businesses have launched Covid safety precautions and are open for travellers. For the latest Covid information related to travel, please visit consult the official UAE government site or your local government agencies. In July 2020, Ras Al Khaimah was also declared as the first safe city in the world, receiving the Bureau Veritas Safeguard Assurance Label and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamp. Here’s our list of the top four luxury resorts and hotels in Ras Al Khaimah, perfect for any vacation and sure to exceed your expectations.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
The Cove Rotana Resort Ras Al Khaimah
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert
05 Oct 21Partner News
RAK’s Top Hidden Culinary Treasures That Will Leave Your Stomach Full And Your Heart Happy.It’s your first full day in Ras Al Khaimah, and after a full day of ...Read moreRAK’s Top Hidden Culinary Treasures That Will Leave Your Stomach Full And Your Heart Happy. - News & announcementsIt’s your first full day in Ras Al Khaimah, and after a full day of sightseeing or working, you’re ready for a delicious, filling meal. Due to the booming tourism industry and its draw for international business, many restaurants in the area boast vast menus that incorporate flavors from cuisines around the world, ranging from Italy to China to the Mediterranean. Concerned about Covid? The UAE has resumed most transportation operations (including airports) and business operations (including daycares and school). Many hotels, restaurants and businesses have launched Covid safety precautions and are open for travellers. For the latest Covid information related to travel, please visit consult the official UAE government site or your local government agencies. In July 2020, Ras Al Khaimah was also declared as the first safe city in the world, receiving the Bureau Veritas Safeguard Assurance Label and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamp. Here’s a list of 10 of RAK’s top hidden culinary treasures that will leave your stomach full and your heart happy.
Muse Cafe – https://www.facebook.com/themusecafe.ae/Muse Cafe is a lovely gathering place for meets up over coffee, breakfast and a light lunch. There is often live music or entertainment in the patio area. Many diners give positive remarks about the outdoor seating area as well as the quality food. Whether you want to drink a morning cortado or egg white spinach omelette, Muse Cafe should be on your must check out list. Muse Cafe’s light ambiance and carefully crafted food will make you want to take endless food photos for your Instagram account. This cafe is kid-friendly has indoor and outdoor seating and free parking and WiFi. If you are just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, they have an assortment of fresh baked items and desserts. Muse Cafe is open Sunday – Thursday 8-10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 9-10:30 p.m.
Space Cafe –https://www.instagram.com/spaceae/?hl=enIf you want delicious street corn or a nice burger, look no further than Space Cafe. Many reviewers comment on how this restaurant is their go to meeting spot for healthy, beautifully crafted lunch and breakfast dates. Don’t take our word for the yummy quality food. Their popular instagram account shows the mango mousse, fresh juices, salads and burgers. There is plenty of variety on their menu and something for everyone in your vacation group. Space Cafe is open Saturday – Wednesday 8-12 a.m. and Thurs-Friday 8-1 a.m.
Salt – https://www.find-salt.com/When the weather is good and you are looking for a place to enjoy a burger, fries and milkshakes visit Salt, a food truck restaurant on Al Marjan Island. The menu offers some unique dishes like Chicken Cheetos, a chicken fillet with Cheetos sauce and a lotus milkshake. On the surface the restaurant just looks like a typical burger and fries place but either unique flavors and dishes are guaranteed to provide a special experience. On hot summer days, they offer an air conditioned area to enjoy your food away from the heat. Salt is open daily 11:30-1 a.m.
05 Oct 21Partner News
What Type of Food Can Your Family Expect in RAK?Ras Al Khaimah is a beautiful destination for families to visit. The outdoor activities are ...Read moreWhat Type of Food Can Your Family Expect in RAK? - News & announcementsRas Al Khaimah is a beautiful destination for families to visit. The outdoor activities are endless. A quiet beach is just around the corner for your enjoyment and relaxation. After a full vacation itinerary, you will want a dining experience with local dishes and something for the pickiest eater in your family. Concerned about Covid? Many hotels, restaurants and businesses have launched Covid safety precautions and are open for travellers. For the latest Covid information related to travel, please visit consult the official UAE government site or your local government agencies. In July 2020, Ras Al Khaimah was also declared as the first safe city in the world, receiving the Bureau Veritas Safeguard Assurance Label and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamp. Here are the 10 family-friendly restaurants in the Ras Al Khaimah that your family should not miss. Before we dive into the top choices for family-friendly eating in RAK, let’s take a moment to ease your fears about cuisine options. When you and your family visit Ras Al Khaimah, you will find food from all over the globe. Your family can indulge in Italian one night and Asian cuisine the next. There are plenty of pasta dishes and sushi to go around. If pizza is what your family loves, there are many restaurants that serve a plethora of pizza options. Your family can enjoy a meal at a steakhouse or a burger joint too. Ras Al Khaimah offers families many choices when it comes to food. There is something for everyone.
Our Top 10 Family-Friendly Restaurants in RAKThere’s no shortage of great restaurants to pick from, but these have got to be our favorites:
1. 1484 by PuroThis restaurant with breathtaking views is located at the top of Jebel Jais at 1,484 meters above sea level. 1448 by Puro is the highest peak in the UAE. The diverse menu offers dishes sourced with local ingredients like traditional shakshuka, Korean fried chicken, pan-seared seabass, and more. Guests can enjoy views of the valleys and peaks of the Hajar Mountain in the dining room designed with floor to ceiling glass windows. Address: Top of Jebel Jais, Jais Adventure Center P.O. Box 17048 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE Phone: +971 5631 73985 Website: http://puro.ae/1484-by-puro/
2. SanchayaWhile your family enjoys the RAK experience, they can indulge in the foods of Asian influence. Sanchaya offers a menu filled with delicious Chinese, Japanese. Thai, Asian, and sushi options. Have edamame for starters and then try the duck salad or braised lamb shank. The kids are sure to love all the noodle and rice options available. Address: Marjan Island Blvd DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island Marjan Island Blvd Al Marjan Island – Ras al Khaimah – UAE Phone: +971 7 203 0000
3. Thunder Road Pizza and GrillIf American or Mediterranean is what you’re after, Thunder Road Pizza and Grill is the place to try. Diners have voted the Thunder Road Pizza and Grill the title of traveler’s choice in 2020. Your family will enjoy the modern, retro decor displayed throughout while treating their taste buds to delicious food. The stars dishes of this establishment include margarita pizzas, tender steaks, and pasta cooked perfectly. For dessert, tiramisu or Grandma’s home baked pie are excellent choices. Address: Sheik Mohammed Bin Salem Road Al Riffa Opposite Mina Al Arab – Ras al Khaimah – UAE Phone: +971 52 994 9056 Website: https://www.thunder-road.ae/
4. MaaridYour family will love the Maarid for its culinary trip across the globe. Maarid offers cuisines from Europe, the Middle East, and internationally. Kids will have an abundance of buffet choices. If the buffet isn’t your thing, you and the kids can hop over to one of the many live cooking stations. Maarid serves all three meals and brunch. They also offer late-night snacks for hungry diners. Your family can sit indoors or enjoy the outdoor seating area. Address: Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa Al Mairid – Ras al Khaimah – UAE Phone: +971 7 228 8844 Website: https://www3.hilton.com/resources/media/hi/RKTRSHI/en_US/pdf/en_RKTRSHI_Maarid_Menu_Mar_2018.pdf
5. Zaitouna HouseLocated on a waterfront promenade, Zaitouna House offers families a stunning view of the sea and mouth-watering food. Families can sit in a beautifully decorated dining area where you will be served Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine. The star of their dishes are the lamb chops, but families can choose a vegetarian meal or seafood. Kids can enjoy a custom- made pizza. Address: Marjan Island Resort and Spa Marjan Island Blvd Ras al Khaimah – UAE Phone: +971 7 203 6602 Website: https://www.marjanislandresort.com/dining/zaitouna-house/
6. VespaVespa is an Italian restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. Families can relax and enjoy the varieties of antipasti and pasta dishes like beef lasagna or gnocchi pomodoro. For dessert, you can try the tiramisu or vanilla panna cotta. Families don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions at Vespa. They have options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and halal. Address: Marjan Island Blvd Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island – Ras al Khaimah – UAE Phone: +971 7 203 0000
7. AzureLocated in the Waldorf Astoria, this Italian restaurant has taken family-friendly up a notch. Their menu offers pasta dishes, risottos, soups, salads, and authentic Italian desserts. Families can enjoy the cozy, yet elegant atmosphere while dining at Azure. You have the option to dine inside or sit on the terrace and enjoy freshly squeezed juices or smoothies. Watch a movie every Monday when Azure hosts their own movie night. Address: Waldorf Astoria Hotel Vienna Street – Ras Al Khaimah – UAE Phone: +971 7 203 5533 Website: https://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/uae/waldorf-astoria-ras-al-khaimah-RKTWAWA/amenities/restaurants-azure.html
9. SkeekSample modern Emirati cuisine in a quaint whimsical atmosphere. Skeek is perfect for families who want quality food in a non-smoking restaurant with live music and access to free Wi-fi. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner you are likely to find something for everyone in the family. This is a type of restaurant where you will find locals, tourists, and expats. Address: 3rd Street Dahan Ras Al Khaimah Phone: +971 7221 5122 Website: https://www.instagram.com/skeek.ae/?hl=en
10. BasilicoLocated in the Cove Rotana Resort, Basilico offers diners an expertly crafted Mediterrean menu with stunning views of the beach and sea. With a focus on Italian dishes, visitors can enjoy their meal in an inviting dining room with an open concept kitchen. Travelers consistently provide high star reviews of the attentive wait staff and quality food. Basilico is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Address: The Cove Rotana Resort Shk Muh’dBin Salem Road Ras Al Khaimah Phone: +971 7206 6000 Website: https://www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/unitedarabemirates/rasalkhaimah/thecoverotanaresort/dining
RAK Offers True Variety of Family-Friendly CuisinesWe understand how important it is to have tasty food on your vacation. Nothing could ruin that more than not finding a restaurant that accommodates your family or does not have a steller food menu. Families traveling to RAK can expect to have a variety of delicious meals from around the world. Our list of top 10 family-friendly restaurants will get you started as you plan the vacation of your family’s dreams. Start planning now, and get those taste buds to delight in both new and familiar flavors.
16 Nov 20Partner News
Ras Al Khaimah Named 2021 Gulf Tourism Capital For The Second Consecutive Year By The Gulf Cooperation CouncilThis marks the second consecutive year that the Emirate has been recognised as the ...Read moreRas Al Khaimah Named 2021 Gulf Tourism Capital For The Second Consecutive Year By The Gulf Cooperation Council - News & announcements
- This marks the second consecutive year that the Emirate has been recognised as the leading regional tourism destination by the Council
- The announcement was made at the fifth meeting of Excellencies and Ministers responsible for tourism in the Gulf Cooperation Council
- The destination was recognized for its swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic garnering international accreditation, its introduction of many firsts to the region’s tourism offering and ongoing efforts to further develop its portfolio driving its strong recovery
11 Oct 20Partner News
Experience Yoga At Uae’s Highest Mountain PeakCore Direction, the wellness creators of Dubai’s iconic yoga experiences at Burj Khalifa in partnership ...Read moreExperience Yoga At Uae’s Highest Mountain Peak - News & announcementsCore Direction, the wellness creators of Dubai’s iconic yoga experiences at Burj Khalifa in partnership with RAK Leisure will be hosting a yoga and meditation session in Ras Al Khaimah with magnificent views of the Hajar mountains at the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais on Friday 16 October 2020 at 9:00AM. Participants will get a chance to distress and unwind as they join wellness experts in a 60-minute gentle Vinyasa yoga flow and meditation class on the UAE’s highest mountain peak followed by a nourishing breakfast at the newly opened 1484 by Puro, the highest restaurant in the UAE. Whether you’re looking for a low impact activity to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility or guided relaxation with gentle movements and breathing techniques, the Core Direction Mountain Top Yoga experience will be the perfect way to kick start your weekend. Participants will set up their yoga mats on the wooden viewing deck which provides magnificent views of the mountains and valleys as the sun makes its way up into the sky. Yoga enthusiasts can revel in fresh outdoor air, stretch while finding serenity in their picturesque surroundings while enjoying a 60-minute Vinyasa yoga class. Following the yoga session, guests will make their way to 1484 by Puro, where more incredible mountain views await. An indulgent breakfast has been designed to nourish the body and serve as a reward after a one-hour yoga session. Guests are welcome to dine at the alfresco terrace for the best view, or enjoy the scene from the inside with floor to ceiling windows that open out to capture the mountain breeze. The menu incorporates fresh locally sourced ingredients, expertly crafted into a series of dishes that promise to appeal to the diverse array of guests that make their way up to the Jais Adventure Peak. This bespoke fitness and dining experience is the result of a unique partnership between RAK Leisure and Core Direction, two lifestyle entities that aim to deliver a series of experiences rooted in conscious living and nature. Mountain Yoga and Breakfast is priced at AED 179 per person including VAT. To book, please visit https://www.coredirection.com/jebel-jais-mountain Available on iOS and Android stores, download the Core Direction app to book your spot as spaces are limited.
30 Jun 20NEWS
Ras Al Khaimah becomes the first city in the world to be certified as safe by bureau Veritas and the first emirate to receive the World Travel And Tourism Council (WTTC) safe travels stampRas Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) is delighted to announce its certification as an ...Read moreRas Al Khaimah becomes the first city in the world to be certified as safe by bureau Veritas and the first emirate to receive the World Travel And Tourism Council (WTTC) safe travels stamp - News & announcements
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) is delighted to announce its certification as an officially safe city, according to the stringent standards demanded by Bureau Veritas, the global leader in testing, inspection and certification services.
The Emirate, the northernmost in the UAE, is the first destination in the Middle East to be awarded the prestigious Safeguard Assurance Label guaranteeing that heightened safety standards, training and hygiene protocols are in place.
Through a strategic partnership with Bureau Veritas, RAKTDA has implemented pioneering health, safety and hygiene measures across all Ras Al Khaimah hotels to eliminate risk for employees and guests and thus ensure complete peace of mind.
In addition, the 50,000 square foot Al Hamra International Exhibition & Conference Center is now the only such venue in the Middle East to achieve Bureau Veritas certification.
This first milestone on the new roadmap has been reached as Ras Al Khaimah becomes the first Middle Eastern City and first Emirate in UAE to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council's (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp - an accreditation developed for the global travel and tourism industry to address the challenges presented by COVID-19 and similar outbreaks.
Developed in collaboration with WTTC members, leading industry associations and governments, the Safe Travels Stamp aims to facilitate "a future of travel which is safe, secure, seamless" while providing "an authentic and meaningful experience to the traveller across the journey".
The global protocols follow the current guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will continue to be updated as new information about COVID-19 becomes available.
Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, comments, "As travel starts to resume, our role as a tourism development authority is to ensure that robust measures are in place to protect the health and safety of our visitors and provide the peace of mind they need for a truly well-deserved holiday. Our goal is for Ras Al Khaimah to set the global benchmark for post-pandemic travel safety and to set the standards to which all other destinations will aspire. We are immensely proud to be the first destination in the world to be certified as safe by Bureau Veritas and receive the WTTC safe travels stamp and believe it will go a long way to restore confidence and bring tourists back to Ras Al Khaimah. It also validates the huge efforts of our hospitality partners who are focused on delivering the highest global safety standards, today and every day, as we navigate this new normal for the industry."
He added: "WTTC is a very important partner for RAKTDA and one we wholeheartedly support in its efforts to restart and speed up the recovery of the sector in the wake of COVID-19. The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp is an important vehicle to demonstrate alignment with essential safety protocols of the highest level and we are delighted that we can reassure visitors that Ras Al Khaimah meets these global standards."About Ras Al Khaimah Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is the northernmost of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is known for its rich history, dating back 7,000 years, and diverse landscape, from 64km of pristine beaches, to untamed deserts and a dramatic mountain backdrop. The Emirate is home to Jebel Jais - highest peak in the UAE at 6,345 feet meters and location of the world's longest zip line, at 1.75 miles. Ras Al Khaimah is also centrally located at the modern crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa, with one third of the world's population within four hour's flying time, making it an ideal location for businesses to expand into the UAE, the Middle East and Africa and beyond. The World Bank's Doing Business report ranks Ras Al Khaimah 30th out of 190 economies for ease of doing business. At the Emirate's economic heart lies multiple major companies and diverse sectoral interests, including manufacturing, energy and tourism. Industry is supported by a state-of-the-art infrastructure, including ultra-modern business facilities, world-class hotels and tourist attractions. Ras Al Khaimah is also a cultural melting pot with a growing population, currently at about 375,000, 31% of which is local Emirati. It is considered an extremely safe place to live, consistently ranked highly in global surveys. With year-round sunshine, straightforward business set-up and a competitive and affordable cost of living, Ras Al Khaimah is the informed choice for business, lifestyle and travel.
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Tourism Development Manager