Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has announced AED 500 million investment plan, covering 20 sustainable tourism projects.

For this, RAKTDA has partnered with RAK Hospitality Holding and RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry. These projects span across the Emirate including rooms on Jebel Jais, scallop farming in Al Hamra, new hotels on Marjan Island among others.

The new projects were announced at the ongoing Arabian Travel Market 2021 event in Dubai. Some projects include:

  • Earth Hotels Altitude, an eco-based pop-up hotel concept that will feature 15 accommodation units, an activation centre, and a swimming pool.
  • Two new eco-resorts with a glamping focus have been announced for Ras Al Khaimah under the fast-growing lifestyle brand Cloud7.
  • New mountain retreat, Saij, A Mantis Collection Mountain Lodge comprising 35 luxury lodges focusing on nature with curated guided treks and creative experiences.
  • Wadi Track at Wadi Showka will feature a new bicycle pump track that will be the perfect spot for bike enthusiasts of all ages.
  • A mega-beachfront development by Marjan with a marine district, inflatable aqua park, leisure trampoline, swimming pool, outdoor gym, and extensive food and beverage offerings.
  • Scallop Ranch at Al Hamra Marine will offer oyster/scallop diving, live cooking, family and kids’ experiences, and cultural activations. The attraction will support and enhance the understanding of a marine ecosystem with seagrass and sea cucumber species within the farm.
  • Ras Al Khaimah is set to host the first Highlander hiking experience in the GCC in November 2021. Highlander is the only certified international hiking association in the world and is well-known for its one-of-a-kind curated hiking experiences.
  • A fixed Hot Air Balloon viewing platform Balloon Base will allow visitors to experience the spectacular beauty of the Jebel Jais destination.

To strengthen the region with its hospitality infrastructure, new hotels have been announced. These include Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island with 418 guestrooms offering direct sea views. Accommodation options are large-sized family rooms, suites, or 28 beachfront chalets with private pools and gardens.

The upcoming 515-key Hampton by Hilton Al Marjan Island will be the largest Hampton by Hilton globally and the first to offer an all-inclusive resort concept. Other new openings include Radisson Al Marjan Island with 388 guestrooms and Intercontinental Mina Al Arab with 351 guestrooms.

Commenting on the news, Raki Phillips, chief executive officer, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said:

“It’s been an incredibly busy and proactive time at RAKTDA as the Emirate evolves into a global destination of distinction. This multi-million investment plan further demonstrates our resolve and commitment to tourism, despite the global challenges faced this past year that continue to shake our industry today.

“These projects also align with our vision and strategy moving forward with our new brand identity, based on the destination’s natural topography – the sea, desert, and of course, our spectacular mountains – as well as our desire to progress, grow and evolve in tune with tourism aspirations and needs.”

Alison Grinnell, CEO of RAK Hospitality Holding said:

“As we navigate through the new normal, we are witnessing a reimagined travel and hospitality sector.  Our ability to build sustainably, especially on Jebel Jais with a number of hospitality offerings including Earth Hotels and Mantis Collection with eco-principled luxury lodges as well as accessible attractions will only enhance Ras Al Khaimah as a leading tourism destination moving forward.

“Moreover, our large-scale hotel developments, in particular on Marjan Island with the Movenpick brand is a genuine step towards renewed confidence in our industry.”