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Ras Al Khaimah Business Travel Guide - - RAS AL KHAIMAH -

AT­TRAC­TIVE OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES in­evitably come about by try­ing to cre­ate an ‘ev­ery­man’ ap­peal, and this is in­deed how a lot of tourist hotspots or busi­ness travel des­ti­na­tions stake their claim to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. How­ever, in Ras Al Khaimah’s case, the fo­cus has con­versely been on re­tain­ing authen­tic­ity and orig­i­nal­ity, and upon your visit, you will be en­cour­aged to em­brace typ­i­cally Is­lamic and Ara­bian cul­ture.

This stands for ar­chi­tec­ture, mu­sic, at­tire, cui­sine and life­style, be­fore be­com­ing lo­calised fur­ther­more when you turn to­wards its rugged moun­tains and white beaches.

The Ha­j­jar Moun­tains have now be­come a fa­mil­iar hunt­ing ground for avid hik­ers and ex­plor­ers, while on the calmer ground, fish­ing, golf and pic­nick­ing are among the most pop­u­lar pur­suits and may fit more suit­ably into a work-visit dy­namic.

The Ras Al Khaimah Golf Club and Hil­ton’s Al Hamra Golf Club go one step fur­ther in bridg­ing the hos­pi­tal­ity-leisure gap in be­com­ing two of the most sought-af­ter re­sorts in the area.

Thrill seek­ing be­tween meet­ings isn’t be­yond pos­si­ble ei­ther with the ma­jor­ity of the Emi­rate’s at­trac­tions within short bus, car or walk­ing dis­tances, and the Ice Land Water­park, Al Sawan Camel Race Track, quad bik­ing, parachut­ing and mi­cro-light fly­ing are just a se­lect few of the more friv­o­lous op­tions to this end. Fi­nally, fall­ing un­der the ‘must-do’ cat­e­gory, Cor­niche Road ties in all of the above quite nicely.

And there’s more to come too. Mat­ter adds: “Over the past 12 months, RAKTDA has in­creased its fo­cus on Jebel Jais, the UAE’s high­est moun­tain, to at­tract ac­tive ad­ven­tur­ers from around the world. With fur­ther prod­ucts to be in­tro­duced later this year, there is no short­age of op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop lux­ury moun­tain re­sorts and well­ness re­treats in Ras Al Khaimah.

“RAKTDA has also an­nounced an an­tic­i­pated 4,445 new rooms to open over the com­ing years, rang­ing from three-five star prop­er­ties; thanks to grow­ing ho­tel oc­cu­pancy lev­els and grow­ing RevPAR rates, as well as the low cost of land in Ras Al Khaimah com­pared to neigh­bour­ing des­ti­na­tions.”

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