The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) aim is to develop the Emirate’s tourism infrastructure and establish Ras Al Khaimah as a leading destination for leisure and business travel, creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents.
Included in Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places of 2022 and CNN Travel’s best destinations to visit in 2023, Ras Al Khaimah has quickly become one of the fastest-growing and most sought-after destinations in the Middle East, attracting over 1.13M visitors in 2022. Celebrated for its outstanding nature, adventurous leisure, and authentic offerings, the Emirate features 64km of pristine beaches, lush mangroves and terracotta dunes, as well as the dramatic, awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Hajjar mountains, including the UAE’s highest peak – Jebel Jais.
Catering to a full suite of travellers, world-class attractions include the region’s first Bear Grylls Explorer Camp, featuring the first branded accommodation outside the UK, as well as the highest restaurant in the UAE – 1484 by Puro. The Emirate is also popular for its exhilarating attractions such as the Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline, the Jais Sky Tour and the Jais Sledder. In addition, four sites in Ras Al Khaimah, namely Julfar, Jazirah al-Hamra, Shimal and Dhayah, have been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites. Also located in the Emirate is Suwaidi Pearls – the only pearl farm in the UAE.
New hotels and resorts opened in 2022, increasing the Emirate’s inventory by 17% to reach over 8,000 keys. The Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), Mövenpick and Radisson brands entered the destination for the first time with the opening of the InterContinental Mina Al Arab, Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island and the Radisson Resort Ras Al Khaimah Marjan Island. With 19 upcoming properties, including global brands like Marriott, Millennium, Anantara and Sofitel, and 5,867 keys in the pipeline over the next few years, a 70% increase versus current inventory and one of the highest development rates in the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism vision continues to gain momentum. A major addition will be the multibillion-dollar integrated resort development with Wynn Resorts in 2026, announced early last year. The multipurpose integrated resort marks the largest-of-its-kind foreign direct investment in Ras Al Khaimah and will include 1,000+ rooms, shopping, meeting and convention facilities, spa, more than 10 restaurants and lounges, extensive entertainment choices, and gaming area.
With the vision for Ras Al Khaimah to become the regional leader in sustainable tourism by 2025 and under the banner of Balanced Tourism, the Authority is shaping tourism in the UAE by placing all aspects of sustainability (environment, culture, conservation and liveability) at the center of its investment and development strategy