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Ras Al Khaimah - Frequently Asked Questions

For everything you ever wanted to know about Ras Al Khaimah but we haven't covered in detail throughout our travel guide, here is that famous little list of Frequently Asked Questions about this beautiful Middle Eastern destination.

Covering all the basics and resolving those important doubts most people have about this emerging holiday paradise, our FAQs section aims to help you with the things you want to find out most about before and after you book your getaway there.

Table of contents

  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. Is Ras al Khaimah a family-friendly destination?
  7. When is Ramadan is celebrated in RAK?
  8. What is the time difference between the UK and Ras al Khaimah?

When is the best time to go?

Ras al Khaimah (RAK) has a dry desert climate with year-round sunshine and very little rain. The emirate experiences long hot summers and short mild winters. The best time to visit is from October to April when temperatures are pleasantly warm without being scorching. In winter, temperatures tend to range between 24 degrees Celsius during the day and 13 degrees overnight, while peak summer temperatures can exceed 40 degrees Celsius. If you plan on exploring and sightseeing outside of your resort, avoid travelling during Ramadan, when most places are closed during the day.

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Do you need a visa?

British citizens can obtain a free 30-day visa on arrival at the airport. To stay longer, you can visit an immigration office to obtain an extension and pay the relevant fee.

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How can I get there?

There are many direct flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester airports to Dubai International Airport, which is a one-hour drive from RAK City and the surrounding resort areas. The flight time to the UAE is around seven hours. Among the airlines that fly to Dubai are Emirates, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Royal Brunei.

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What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The UAE dirham is the local currency, with one dirham made up of 100 fils. Once in RAK, you can exchange foreign currency in banks, licensed exchange offices and some hotels where you may be asked to show your passport. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted in RAK, although small shops and souks may only accept cash.

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What is there to see and do?

RAK has a wide range of things to see and do for its diminutive size. Alongside a full range of watersports at its pristine beaches, you can head into the desert for safaris, camel rides and dune bashing. You can visit and stay overnight in a traditional Arabian desert camp, take a trip to Khatt Hot Springs for a rejuvenating wellness experience, go to the camel races, try archery or even visit a falconry school and learn about local traditions. The emirate has produced pearls for centuries and you can experience this at RAK's pearl farm and museum. Those interested in heritage and history should not miss a visit to the 500-year-old Dhayah fortress or the fascinating National Museum of Ras al Khaimah, housed in a former palace in RAK City. The emirate also has a few high-end shopping malls and souks in RAK City for those hungry for a bargain and two championship golf courses for fans of teeing off. Iceland Water Park is a themed aquatic adventure park that's perfect for families.

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Is Ras al Khaimah a family-friendly destination?

RAK has developed its tourism infrastructure with families in mind and most hotels cater to families with excellent kids clubs, separate pools, playgrounds and fun activities. The emirate's beaches are spotlessly clean, safe and tend to be sheltered with calm, shallow waters perfect for paddling and bucket-and-spade days. Many of the activities on offer in RAK are ideal for family-friendly adventure. Camel rides, desert safaris, falconry shows and theme parks all make for a great family day out.

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When is Ramadan is celebrated in RAK?

The dates of Ramadan shift each year depending on the lunar calendar, and precise times are determined by special committees. The religious period usually lasts for 29 to 30 days each year, when Muslims fast during daylight hours. Business hours and opening times are restricted during Ramadan so you may want to check the exact dates before planning your holiday.

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What is the time difference between the UK and Ras al Khaimah?

RAK is four hours ahead of UK time, although during British summertime this difference is reduced to three hours.

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