New plans to further boost tourism sector for the upcoming holiday period, as the emirate invests heavily in luxury hotels and resorts.
- The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has partnered with two large European airlines that could help bring an additional 60,000 tourists to the region for the upcoming holiday season
- There’s expected to be a 16.4% year-on-year rise in the number of tourists to the region in 2015
- The emirate has been investing heavily in a number of luxury beachfront resorts including Al Marjan Island
Is Ras Al Khaimah about to get a surge in European tourists ahead of the holiday season?
The emirate’s tourism board, the RAK Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA), has teamed up with two major airlines that could help bring an additional 60,000 tourists to the white sandy shores of the northern UAE region. Between October and next May, 40,000 could fly to RAK with Germany’s SunExpress, while a further 20,000 could arrive via Poland’s Itaka Travel.
“That is our premium peak period for us,” said Haitham Mattar, the chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA).
“Besides the charter flights, we do receive a high number of tourists that come through scheduled flights from Air Arabia into Sharjah and RAK, as well as Emirates airline into Dubai.”
Tourism currently accounts for 2.5% of RAK’s GDP, and the RAK TDA is expecting a 16.4% rise in the number of tourists visiting the emirate in 2015 compared with last year, rising from 730,000 to 850,000. The Authority is hoping to attract one million visitors by 2018.
There are 5,000 hotel rooms across 19 hotels in RAK, but sustained investment in the development of luxury resorts and hotels means that number will increase by 3,500 across 12 hotels by 2019.
Visitors to RAK are enamoured by the emirate’s beautiful natural scenery and the exclusive beach front developments that continue to be built in resorts such as Al Marjan Island.