The UAE, with its sprawling deserts, stunning coastlines, historic neighborhoods, and futuristic cityscapes, is a treasure trove for the intrepid…
White sandy beaches, gently lapping waves and cerulean shallow waters are the perfect ingredients for a blissfully lazy holiday in Ras Al Khaimah. With 64 kilometres of breathtaking coastline, there is a plethora of beaches to choose from; here are the top five!
The United Arab Emirates has up to 10 hours of sunshine almost every day. Its balmy temperatures can reach 45 degrees Celsius in the height of summer, so the cooling breeze from the Arabian Gulf provides some respite from the heat. The sea temperatures fluctuate between 19 degrees Celsius in the coolest winter months to over 30 degrees Celsius in July.
Along the coastline you’ll find lush green coastal plains and dense mangrove that teem with life and bubblegum pink flamingoes. Activities range from kayaking, exciting boat trip and deep-sea fishing to thrilling banana boat rides, wakeboarding and SCUBA diving. Ras Al Khaimah is a fun destination for those seeking bags of fun or complete serenity, silence and nature.
At the nothermost tip of Ras Al Khaimah is the old fishing village of Al Rams, its beautiful beaches and Saraya Island. The pristine waters are shallow, calm, and perfect for peaceful watersports like kayaking and paddle boarding. You’ll be able to watch camels taking themselves for an early morning swim to rid themselves of the desert sand and pesky bugs. There is a horse stable on the island. So why not take a leisurely walk on horseback through the warm shallows or thunder along the beach in full gallop. Every now and then, a pink lake appears, a phenomenon known as a sabkh forms on the shore.
Accessible by boat, the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach offers an island-inspired beach experience. Enjoy relaxing on the shores of the Arabian Gulf in this exclusive boutique resort in Al Hamra Village. Expect the ultimate in service from the resort’s personal concierge team who can arrange paddle boarding and fishing trips if you want a break from your comfy sun lounger. Sip perfectly chilled cocktails to quench your thirst or dine on deliciously fresh seafood in the beachside restaurant.
Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-hamra-beach/
Mina Al Arab is a glorious gated community on the shores of the Arabian Gulf; it’s jewel is the Intercontinental Ras Al Khaimah, a new, natural spectacle celebrated for its exceptional Middle Eastern hospitality. Escape to the perfectly manicured white, powdery soft sandy beach to disconnect from the world. You can start your day with sunrise beach yoga or a swim in the shore-fronted swimming pool before spending the day curled up on your sun lounger with the latest best-seller. If you want to be more active, head out of the pretty bay on a kayak adventure.
Intercontinental Ras Al Khaimah, Mina Al Arab Resort, https://icrasalkhaimah.com/en/
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island is set on a vast 650-metre shallow cove with spectacular views across the rest of Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah’s extensive coastline and to the Arabian Gulf. The beach is home to a wide range of exciting eateries, an outdoor playground and Pirate Boat Aqua Zone for kids and the Tarzan Boat for adults and a swimming pool. It’s the ideal beach for busy families and active people.
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/rktmidi-doubletree-resort-and-spa-marjan-island/
This is a beautiful beach runs the entire length of Al Hamra Village and in front of Jazirah Al Hamra. The waters are nice and shallow, so it is ideal for learning swimmers, paddlers and those wanting to play in the shallows. It’s a public beach, so take everything with you that you’ll need for a blissful day in the sunshine. The section of beach next to the Jazirah Al Hamra village has been known to host thousands of great cormorants and other birds that use Ras Al Khaimah as a stop-off point from the cold Baltic seas to North Africa on their annual migration.
Jazirah Al Hamra, https://goo.gl/maps/iqJo5iwgnUWcwQTa7
Ras Al Khaimah has an extraordinary ecosystem and parts are under protection. Please do what you can to protect the environment by not taking anything from the beach or the sea other than your belongings and rubbish.