4/6  Ras Al Khaimah

Best for: An Arabian adventure, with a touch of luxury.

Dubai has long been a popular holiday pick for families, but it’s the slower-paced Ras Al Khaimah that’s the new kid on the block when it comes to luxurious UAE getaways. Less than an hour’s drive from the bright lights of Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, or RAK as it’s affectionately known, boasts sandy beaches, five star hotels and year-round sun, but it also offers more of an authentic Arabian desert vibe.

Huge sand dunes and the rugged Hajiar Mountains give Ras Al Khaimah a sense of mystery and history, as well as create the perfect setting for some very fun family activities, like camel riding through the desert, falconry shows and mastering the art of archery. As far as family days out go, you can’t really beat a trip to the Arctic-themed Iceland Water Park, packed with slides and water chutes to cool off. Lots of resorts run their own kids clubs and offer childcare facilities, so you can even enjoy a kid-free meal, sunbathe or spa treatment. 

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