White beaches, luxury hotels, an atmosphere of utter serenity…Ras Al Khaimah provides a utopian weekend break, a chance to reenergise after a long week at work or a long intercontinental flight.
Layovers are the fashionable holiday style of our modern fast-paced world. They offer one or two days away, a layover or stopover in some place new. But predominantly, layovers have been about exploring. They are often far from relaxing as the itinerary centres around seeing as much as possible in the short time available. A Ras Al Khaimah layover is different. In this coastal emirate the focus is purely on rest, relaxation, and recharging the batteries.
Here’s the complete Ras Al Khaimah layover guide, making your weekend or short break as easy and stress-free as possible.
Serenity and Seduction – Why Ras Al Khaimah Makes the Perfect Layover Destination
Layovers have become the in way to travel. It’s one or two nights away and a chance to escape. But it’s rarely tension-free. Travel there, check in, cram a dozen activities into a day, get lost, get frustrated, and at some point before the journey home you might get a few minutes to relax. Visit a destination with countless things to do and it’s stressful just trying to plan which way to turn and what to fit in. Go on a Ras Al Khaimah weekend and you don’t even need to worry about the time.
With its exotic coastline and rolling desert, Ras Al Khaimah is the most tropical of the Emirates in the UAE. Luxury hotels line the white sand while blue lagoons and green mangroves weave inland. One glance at the landscape is enough to slow your pace and allow tension to slip away. When there’s such a beautiful beach at your doorstep you don’t have to think about doing anything here. A tranquil ambiance fills the air and it feels like the less you do, the more energised you can feel.
A Ras Al Khaimah Layover for Visitors to the UAE
Transit in the UAE and it’s difficult to avoid the allure of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. These two Emirates are packed with world-famous sights and attractions that can be experienced even if you only have eight hours layover between flights. Most nationalities can leave the airport between flights and there’s a whole host of options for getting the most from a UAE stopover.
Particularly if you’re travelling home after a holiday and have a layover in the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah offers a serene space to rest and relax before the onward flight. This coastal Emirate is located just north of Dubai and the transport connections can take less than 90 minutes. There are no special requirements for visiting Ras Al Khaimah and visitors from many nationalities can get a free UAE visa upon arrival. Other nationalities can stay for 96 hours without a visa. Your bags will be checked through to your final destination, so just bring the swimming costume and suncream in your carry-on luggage.
A Ras Al Khaimah Weekend for Residents of the UAE
Living in the UAE can be intense for expats. The continually social lifestyle, the job, the rush hour traffic…it makes the weekends less about exploring and more about taking a break. In Dubai or Abu Dhabi the beaches are bustling and beautiful. In Ras Al Khaimah they’re white and spacious, exuding an atmosphere that’s more like that of an Indian Ocean island. With seaplanes providing expedited travel, the Ras Al Khaimah break becomes a layover from everyday life, an opportunity to escape into another world for a night or two.
How to get to Ras Al Khaimah
A Ras Al Khaimah layover is usually focused on relaxing and recharging. So travelling to the Emirate shouldn’t be stressful. Seaplanes fly from Dubai Creek to Ras Al Khaimah, touching down on the water where you can disembark straight onto the sand. The seaplane provides direct access to a variety of beachfront hotels, so the journey could be less than one hour door-to-door. This is a scheduled service with departures on Friday mornings that are ideal for UAE residents.
Visitors on layovers can book an Air Taxi from Dubai International or Abu Dhabi directly to Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah. It’s also possible to tour some of Dubai’s attractions before taking the 45-minute seaplane flight between the emirates. Going by road it’s a 90-minute journey from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah.
An aerial flight is also the premier thing to do in Ras Al Khaimah. Maximising the time available, you get to see the Emirates like never before while avoiding a stressful journey by road. The 45-minute flight first makes a quick tour of Dubai’s icons, giving you an exquisite Dubai aerial tour that takes in the Burj Khalifa, World Islands, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab. Then discover the desert dunes before descending into Ras Al Khaimah for the ultimate view of the coastline.
Where to Stay on a Ras Al Khaimah Layover
On a weekend to Ras Al Khaimah you’ll either want to be on the water or hidden in the desert. Both options provide a wonderful sense of serenity and Seawings Lifestyle recommends a handful of exclusive hotels and resorts in Ras Al Khaimah. These include:
1. DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah – Located on Marjan Island and offering an endearing feeling of exclusivity; a great choice if you don’t plan to leave the beach or resort.
2. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah – A five-star beachfront hotel in the style of Arabia’s palaces; there’s an excellent spa and the rooms lead onto a private white-sand beach.
3. Banyan Tree Al Wadi – An innovative spa retreat in the desert, where you get a private villa and private pool. Perfect for completely escaping the world.
4. Rixos Bab Al Bahr – All-inclusive luxury hotel on the beach, ideal for a Ras Al Khaimah layover where you don’t need to think about anything.
5. The Cove Rotana – Boutique-style accommodation that provides lots of privacy; a good choice for couples.
What to Do on a Weekend to Ras Al Khaimah
Stop. Don’t think about what to do in Ras Al Khaimah. Take off your shoes, forget that time exists, slumber on the beach, and pamper yourself. Keep pampering. At some point you’ll have to return to the real world but a Ras Al Khaimah layover ensures you don’t worry about what awaits when you return.
If your idea of weekend to Ras Al Khaimah is a little more active then consider any of the A – Z things to do in Ras Al Khaimah. And if you’re not quite sure about where and how to relax then this blog article containing another 36 ideas of things to do and places to see in Ras Al Khaimah; many of them are focused on tranquility.
Ras Al Khaimah Stopover Packages
Seawings Lifestyle creates handcrafted Ras Al Khaimah layover packages for UAE residents and visitors to the Emirates. We also offer a variety of discounted stopover packages that range from one day to two nights in Ras Al Khaimah. All these combine charming seaplane travel with some of the emirate’s finest accommodation.
Find out more by contacting Seawings Lifestyle or exploring the Ras Al Khaimah packages.
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