Tourism: Ras Al Khaimah positions itself as an alternative destination to Dubai

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L’emirate Ras Al Khaimah hosted a record 600,000 tourists during this first half of 2023a number in increase of 14.8% compared to the same period in 2022.

This number of visitors places Ras Al Khaimah on track to achieve its growth targets and its ambition to position itself as an international tourist destination, alongside the two major destinations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Ras Al Khaimah expanded its air connectivity by partnering with Qatar Airways to offer direct flights to the emirate’s international airport (RKT) from cities across the Middle East, and flights via Doha from 150 cities worldwide with the Qatari airline network. It signed an agreement with FTI, a German travel group, to increase the number of tourists from Germany and northern Europe.

On the accommodation side, Ras Al Khaimah has signed agreements with hotel groups to develop a luxury hotel park of 8,000 rooms. Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), Mövenpick and Radisson have already opened their properties, and Marriott, Millennium, Anantara and Sofitel are expected to open theirs by 2025. Among the twenty or so upcoming hotel complexes, Wynn Resorts will include more than 1,000 rooms, shops, meeting and conference rooms, a spa, more than 10 restaurants and lounges… and for the first time in the UAE, a casino!

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