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Ras al Khamiah - A holiday destination to watch

Though less popular than Abu Dhabi and Dubai, many expect that the UAE's Ras Al Khaimah will reap the benefits of the heavy investment in its tourism infrastructure in the years to come. With a number of new hotels expected by 2019 coupled with the emirate's key attractions, Ras Al Khaimah has all the makings of a top holiday destinations.

Ras al Khamiah - A holiday destination to watch

In terms of holiday destinations Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is among the lesser known emirates in the UAE, however in recent times officials have been working towards developing its tourism profile to match that of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Currently tourism constitutes a modest 2.5 per cent of RAK's GDP, this figure is expected to grow in the coming years with RAK ramping up its tourism infrastructure. The heavy investment in new and existing RAK hotels combined with all that the emirate has to offer makes this a holiday destination to watch.

RAK is expected to add 3,500 rooms by 2019 with the development of 12 new hotels including a 300 room five star Marriott resort and the 250 room Antara Mina Al Arab hotel which are expected to launch in 2019 and 2018 respectively. Of the luxury Marriott hotel Haitham Mattar CEO of RAK's Tourism Development Authority stated:

"We're very much looking forward to the entry of this great flagship hotel into our ma. rket. The proximity of the Hajjar Mountains, the desert and the beaches gives you the ultimate experience."

In addition to the pending new hotel launches, existing hotels are getting a makeover including RAK's first luxury five star hotel- the 475 room Hilton which will undergo a two year long renovation project.

Like its neighboring emirates, RAK is so much more than the wide selection of luxury hotels from which holidaymakers can choose; there are also a host of activities that travellers can enjoy while on their holidays in Ras al Khaimah. Home to Jebel Jais the highest mountain in the UAE, Ras al Khaimah is the ideal destination for hiking and mountain biking and of course travellers are rewarded with breathtaking views at the summit.

olidaymakers can also enjoy camel rides, kayaking in the mangroves or even a visit to one of the best date farms in the UAE with 18 different types of dates. Top attractions like the Iceland Waterpark and the falcon show at Banyan Tree Al Wadi as well as a host of water sports and activities ensures that there something for everyone in Ras Al Kaimah.

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