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Which emirate is better suited for a holiday – Ajman or Ras al Khaimah?

Какой эмират лучше подходит для отдыха – Аджман или Рас-аль-Хайма?

Holidays in the Emirates can be very different, from wild tourism to luxury. In each of the emirates, you can find entertainment to your liking and to your pocket. In the article we will understand what is better Ajman or Ras Al Khaimah and what are the differences between these two emirates, what you can do here on vacation and which one to choose in the end. 



Ajman is a small emirate. There are few hotels here, their quality is still high, but the price is much lower than in the popular Sharjah and, especially, Dubai. There is no airport here, but due to the smooth roads and compactness of the country, a transfer from the nearest Sharjah will not take much time and will not cause inconvenience. 

Ras al Khaimah is the most beautiful and northernmost emirate. There are picturesque beaches with beautiful red sand, dunes, walking camels. Here you can see the mountains, visit the thermal springs. It is located far from Dubai Airport, but quality service can smooth out this inconvenience.



If the heat is not tolerated well, then in summer and spring it is better not to come to the country. The temperature here is quite high and you will have to sit around the clock in the hotel under air conditioning. Ajman and Ras al Khaimah are advised to visit in autumn and winter. At this time, the climate is warm, optimal for beach holidays, walks, sightseeing. During this period, many festivals and fairs are held. 


Ras al Khaimah sea

The length of the coast in Ajman is only 16 km, because it is the smallest emirate. Nevertheless, this is one of the most comfortable places for a beach holiday with your family. The beaches here are small and comfortable, there are not many vacationers. Public areas are no worse than private ones, have clean and white sand, convenient descent to the water.

The northernmost emirate of Ras al Khaimah welcomes tourists with an azure sea with a huge selection of water activities. In the evening, you can get to one of the beach parties. If you are staying at a hotel without your own beach area, private ones are no worse, but you will have to comply with the dress code, because locals also come to rest. Tourists are expected in Ras al Khaimah:

  • sea cruises;
  • boat fishing;
  • canoeing;
  • admiring mangroves; 
  • water parks. 



Most of the hotels are located along the coast. Accommodation options can be found for every taste and budget, from budget to luxury. Five-star options, such as Rixos Bab Al Bahr, can offer guests not only comfortable and high-quality service, but also a wide range of entertainment. The vast majority of hotels offer all-inclusive meals, restaurants, cafes, bars are also located on the territory. 

Modern hotels with comfortable rooms are located in Ajman, its new districts. In the historical part of the city, you can also find accommodation options. Since Ajman is mainly chosen for family holidays, the service of hotels is designed to provide leisure for young children. We must not forget that accommodation here will cost less than in the popular Sharjah, Dubai, Fujairah. 

Excursions and attractions

UAE Jebel Jace

Regarding cultural recreation and attractions, Ajman, of course, loses. Tourists can visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the watchtower, the residence of the Emir Ajman, the Ajman Museum, the modern shopping centers City Centre Ajman and Lulu Hypermarket. There are beautiful embankments here, and if you’re lucky, you can visit the popular camel races. Seekers of local color should go to the markets. Mostly tourists vacationing here go on excursions to neighboring emirates. 

The tourism sector of Ras al Khaimah is developed in a more multifaceted way. It offers excursions to ancient fortresses, the greatest peak of the UAE, Jebel Jays, to the mountains, to the Hutt healing hot springs. The highlight of the local holiday is a safari in the desert, which allows you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Arab life. As local attractions, it is worth visiting the Mohammed ibn Salim Mosque, one of the largest in the UAE, the Daya Fort with a picturesque view of the Persian Gulf, the Ice Land “ice” park, groves of Wadi Azim palm trees, a spa in the Haat district, the Old Town.

Ajman or Ras al Khaimah – which should I choose?

Ras al Khaimah

Summing up, it can be noted that these two emirates differ from each other mainly in the cost of recreation and leisure offers for tourists. The weather and beaches, with a slight difference, are relatively the same in all emirates. Thus, you need to choose which is better Ajman or Ras al Khaimah based on how you see your vacation. Lovers of a quiet pastime with their family often choose an inexpensive and calm Ajman. Lovers of parties and youth party atmosphere – Ras al Khaimah.

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Vladimir Sviridov
Vladimir Sviridov
General Manager RLC Consulting
With a Postgraduate Masters in Finance from The, Moscow State University, Russia. Vladimir started his professional career as an auditor of the financial sector of EY. After that, he worked for several years in senior positions in corporate banking. In 2018-2021, he managed the finances of a large agricultural holding, and is currently responsible for strategic planning, corporate partnership and financial management in the role of General Manager of RLC Consulting GROUP in the UAE.

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