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How to Get from Ras Al Khaimah to the Airport and Other Destinations
Ras Al Khaimah is a small and quiet city in the far north of the United Arab Emirates. People can get from it to other points of the country such as Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai by buses, taxi or transfer.
Taxi from Ras Al Khaimah
How to get quickly to Ras Al Khaimah and from it to the nearest airports and the neighboring Emirates? The taxi service in Ras Al Khaimah is at your disposal. This is the most popular mode of transportation in the country because it is impossible to get to some places by intercity public transport.
You can book a taxi at the reception desk at a hotel or catch it in the street. The cabs have checkers on their roofs and taximeters inside. A taximeter shows the fare in dirhams. If you pay in dollars, get ready to pay more.
Taxi from the city center to Dubai will cost you about 55 dollars, while a trip to Ajman or Sharjah will cost approximately 35-41 dollars.
Some drivers can deceive you: they can leave a taximeter turned on after the previous passenger, take an extra fee for the luggage, deny to give a change telling the tips are necessary. The tricks like that are used by taxi drivers around the world.
Transfer from Ras Al Khaimah
If you do not know Arabic and do not want to come across the dishonest drivers, book a transfer. On the Kiwitaxi website choose the date, route, and car class you need, as well as a child seat if necessary, and you will see the final price. The fare is fixed after the booking.
A 90-minutes trip from Ras Al Khaimah to Dubai will cost you about 74 dollars, while a two-hour trip to Al Maktoum Airport will cost approximately 80 dollars.
The advantage of a transfer is that the professional licensed driver will wait for you in a specified place. He will help you to carry your luggage and will take you fast to the destination point.
Public Transport from Ras Al Khaimah
Public transport does not run to Ras Al Khaimah. It is possible to travel here only by taxi or transfer.
The buses run from the city to other Emirates: Sharjah, Ajman, Dubai and Umm al-Quwain. The ticket price can vary from 2,5 to 8 dollars.
The airport of Ras Al Khaimah is international, and it is located 18 km far from the city center. The airport has two passenger and one cargo terminal. The air hub is small but quite cozy, there is everything you need for comfortable waiting for a flight inside: Duty-free, cafes, VIP-halls and the halls for the first class passengers. Construction work on expanding the building is carried out at the moment.
Ras Al Khaimah: useful information
There is an opinion among tourists that Ras Al Khaimah is the humblest and the least wealthy Emirate. It attracts the travellers by its proximity to the mountains and to the sea. Also, the alcohol prohibition does not work here. There are fewer tourists here than in Dubai but the sea and the beaches are cleaner, the climate is milder, and the sights are more scenic.
Ras Al Khaimah is divided into two parts, the old part and the new one which are connected by a bridge. The Emirate itself is not big in size, so one can easily walk on foot. The main attractions of the city are the National Museum, the Mosque Al Jazirat Al Hamra, Falaya Fort, and ancient watchtowers.
The old city of Digdaga is a pearl of the Emirate. Vast bodies of water and palm groves in Wadi Asimah and tombs in Wadi Qawr are worth seeing. Some household items, which were found during the archaeological dig, are dated by the first millennium B.C.
You can also visit an aqua park, a zoo, a flying club, and SPA-salons which provide healing with hot jewelry.