Think of all the things you need to make a great holiday:
Sunshine and blue skies
Warm seas and cool pools
A variety of choices to eat great food
A villa with a garden on the beach
A beach! Long and sandy!
A little bit of culture – sightseeing
A lot of relaxing and recreation!
Yes! That just about sums up a visit to Ras Al Khaimah. A 7-hour flight to Dubai, and a 90 minute transfer – that’s all! Through the high rises of Dubai and Sharjah, the desert of UAE, Ras Al Khaimah is a quiet, unspoiled haven… waiting for us to discover
The resort where we stayed was easy to explore, and we soon felt at home, getting into a routine of our own pace and time. A stack of best sellers on our kindles, we ate, read, swam and enjoyed all the lovely facilities of the gym and spa – and on holidays there’s lots of time to do it all
Don’t let Ramadan put you off – as a tourist, in your hotel, you can eat breakfast and lunch as normal. The call to prayer at dawn and dusk remind you that Allah and Mohammed are great influences here. Some of the live music entertainment was more subdued, but we wanted a quiet holiday – so that didn’t trouble us much
Going out to shopping malls and in public places a pashmina thrown over shoulders and arms is quite enough to show respect for the culture – and I am always fascinated by the women in their abayas, dark demure and mysterious…. and so elegantly worn
Ras Al Khaimah is close enough to visit Dubai for a day of shopping and sophistication, but we were glad to return after a day there of noise and traffic!
Although our hotel provided free shuttle buses and tours to the Old City, the Water Park and Manar Mall – we had hired a car and enjoyed the freedom of sightseeing at our own pace – and with a tank of petrol costing just £25 – it was cheap and convenient
So if you like Dubai, but want a more authentic UAE experience – try a smaller Emirate, and Ras Al Khaimah is as Arabian as you’ll find