Sustainable tourism initiatives worth half a billion dirhams are being planned in Ras Al Khaimah.
More than 20 different beachfront, mountain, desert and land projects are in the works.
They include experiences ranging from a pop-up eco-hotel to an F&B village, mountain lodges, oyster/scallop diving, and a luxury glamping experience.
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) revealed the details on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai.
The latest projects are in line with the emirate’s tourism strategy focusing on nature, leisure, adventure, accessibility, and authenticity.
They are being developed in partnership with RAK Hospitality Holding and RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"This multi-million investment plan further demonstrates our resolve and commitment to tourism, despite the global challenges faced this past year that continue to shake our industry today," said Raki Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of RAKTDA.
Upcoming projects in Ras Al Khaimah
- Earth Hotels Altitude, an eco-based pop-up hotel concept set to feature 15 fully fitted accommodation units, an activation center and swimming pool.
- Saij, A Mantis Collection Mountain Lodge, comprising of 35 luxury lodges, will provide a pure mountain retreat that focuses on nature as well as mind, body and soul with guided treks, mindful pursuits and creative experiences.
- Cloud7 Camp Jebel Jais – the ultimate glamping experience with 30 accommodation units built out of sustainable material.
- The new Basecamp Jais will offer affordable accommodation for outdoor enthusiasts, thrill-seekers and nature lovers, as well as a range of activities such as yoga, Emirati live cooking and will serve as a leisure hub at the base of the rugged mountains.
- Jais Yard - an F&B Village with food trailers, kiosks, retail containers, vintage truck restaurants, open-air cinema and children's play areas.
- Jais Wings - adventure seekers can take off on a paragliding experience from the top of Jebel Jais with landing pads near Saraya Islands and Al Rams. It will be the region’s first dedicated paragliding site in the GCC.
- Balloon Base with fixed hot air balloons that visitors can take in the infinite beauty of Jebel Jais.
- Jais Swing - an Instagramable swing made of twin ropes that provide amazing views and a unique content opportunity.
- Wadi Track at Wadi Showka will feature a new bicycle pump track that will be the perfect spot for bike enthusiasts of all ages.
- Building on its rich portfolio of internationally recognised outdoor events, Ras Al Khaimah is set to host the first ‘HIGHLANDER’ hiking experience in the GCC in November 2021. HIGHLANDER, the only certified international hiking association in the world, is widely renowned for its one-of-a-kind curated hiking experiences.
- A mega-beachfront development by Marjan with a marine district, inflatable aqua park, leisure trampoline, swimming pool, outdoor gym and extensive food and beverage offering.
- Scallop Ranch at Al Hamra Marine will offer oyster/scallop diving, live cooking, family and kids’ experiences, and cultural activations. As a first of its kind attraction in the UAE, it will support and enhance understanding of the marine ecosystem with seagrass and sea cucumber species within the farm.
Desert & Land:
- Cloud7 Camp AlSawan – a luxury glamping experience with 60 units where guests can learn what it takes to become an agriculturalist.
- Flying Arch @Manar Mall will welcome the region's first 130-metre aerial structure composed of over 1.5 million knots and around 300 km of twine that will cause the wind to create a choreography of constantly changing shape and color.
- Luminaze at Manar Mall will also welcome an aesthetic and playful art installation based on a light maze, ideal for family and team activities.
- Ras Al Khaimah is also strengthening its hospitality infrastructure through new hotels, such as the all-new Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island with 418 hotel keys and direct sea views. The upcoming Hampton by Hilton Al Marjan Island, comprising 515 rooms, will be the largest Hampton by Hilton globally and the first to offer an all-inclusive resort concept. Other new openings include Radisson Al Marjan Island with 388 rooms and InterContinental Mina Al Arab with 351 rooms.