Comparing Luxury UAE Destinations: Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai

Comparing Luxury UAE Destinations: Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai
The UAE is one of the most luxurious holiday destinations, from endless stretches of exquisite desert to a metropolis of excitement, the options are endless. 
Here is a comparison of Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai to help you decide the perfect place to enjoy your next luxury UAE holiday. 


Dubai skyline, beach and sea taken at dusk
Dubai is the place to be for shopping, luxury, and opulence, this UAE metropolis does everything to the fullest. From the futuristic landscapes combined with a traditional Arabic feel, Dubai offers the perfect mixture, giving you the best of both worlds. 
Head to Dubai City for designer shopping within the mammoth modern malls. This is where to go for tax-free bargains. After a day of shopping, a plethora of Michelin star restaurants await with some of the most tantalising food from across the globe. 
If you’re looking for authentic Arabian shopping at its finest, the atmospheric souks are where you can get your hands on the best the Middle East has to offer at an absolute steal. 
On the more adventurous side, the Arabian Desert invites you to explore the stunning sandy dunes with exciting activities, including camel rides, jeep safaris, and the ever-popular sand boarding. 
Jumeirah Beach offers a luxury tropical getaway with soft white sand and clear turquoise water. It’s the perfect place to unwind and soak up the sun. For a few thrills, kayaking, diving, and wakeboarding are available, along with the nearby Wild Wadi Water Park with 17 exciting waterslides. 
For an all-out luxury feast, Atlantis, The Palm has it all. From exclusive world-class dining to elevated service, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. As one of the most recognisable resorts in the world, this stunning backdrop invites you to indulge in all the extraordinary facilities. An exciting waterpark, swimming with dolphins, and diving adventures, you’re in for the stay of a lifetime. 
Aeriel shot of Atlantis, The Palm hotel in Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi skyline in the evening, picture taken from the water looking at the buildings lit up at night
As the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi offers a cosmopolitan feel along with dramatic Islamic architecture displaying the rich Arabic heritage. Here, you can set your own pace with activities for everyone to enjoy. 
The smaller size of Abu Dhabi makes it easier to navigate than the mammoth that is Dubai, so finding your way around and activities that work for your holiday needs is easier. 
Art lovers are in for a treat, with Abu Dhabi having a vibrant art scene. Some of the top art museums can be found here, including The Louvre Abu Dhabi. While history explorers can marvel at the infamous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the grandest mosques in the world. 
For a genuine Arabian shopping spree, the traditional souks invite you to pick up fascinating souvenirs made by locals. Alternatively, you can head to one of the modern and futuristic malls with everything your heart desires. 
Opulence is taken to a whole new level at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Situated on the stunning beaches of Saadiyat Island, this is a true slice of paradise. The calm waters and soft white sands invite all visitors to put their feet up and enjoy this tropical oasis. You’re in for exceptional service with the 24-hour butler service and attention to detail that is unmatched. Dining at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is a foodies dream with gourmet cuisines served at a plethora of restaurants, bars, and lounges dotted throughout the resort. 
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, beachfront image of whole resort

Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah, waterfront, skyscrapers and river
Your luxury Ras Al Khaimah holiday slows things down with a relaxing, authentic Middle Eastern experience. Located on the northernmost point of the Emirates, this city invites you to explore over 7,000 years of history. The towering minarets dotted around the city contrasting beautifully with the open blue sky will transport you to a little slice of Middle Eastern paradise. 
History buffs can enjoy the city’s museum, which is housed in a centuries-old fort which was home to the last ruling family until the 1960s. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the city and its historic past.
If you’re looking to soak up the sun, Ras Al Khaimah has some of the most stunning beaches set along a backdrop of desert hills and mountains, making it even more beautiful. The city offers year-round sunshine, so it’s the perfect spot for a little winter sun. For the adventure seekers, the Arabian Ocean awaits, with a range of water sports within the clear blue waters. 
The adventures don’t stop there with incredible activities on offer throughout Ras Al Khaimah. Camel racing is a famous family pastime where you can watch the locals race through the sand. 
If you’re a lover of all things sparkling, a trip to Suwaidi Pearls Farm is in order where you can dive for your very own pearls. Alternatively, for something a little slower paced, a kayak through the tropical mangroves and salt flats is a tranquil way to spend an afternoon. 
One of the most popular adrenaline activities is situated at the region’s highest peak, Jebel Jais. Here you can go for the ride of your life on the world's longest zip line. With over 3 km of excitement, you can reach up to 144 km/h. 
The DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island offers style and elegance to visitors of all ages. Situated on 650 metres of pristine private beach, this is the ultimate tropical paradise. Whether you’re looking for family fun or an adults-only getaway, the resort has something for everyone. 
Ariel view of the double tree hilton resort and spa in Ras Al Khaimah

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