Out & About
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.”