One of the seven states of the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah is a slice of tranquility amid the chaotic crowd of Dubai or Abu Dhabi. This lesser-known trinket is a feast on your eyes: the glimmering, white beaches strung along the coastline, transparent, turquoise water of the Arabian Gulf sloshing at your feet, and the towering Jabal Al Jais, the tallest mountain in the UAE, rising above, with a sprawling brown desert pockmarked with sandy dunes, plus the five-star hotels and luxury resorts which never hurt. Then there are the ancient ruins and remnants of forts and palaces, laden with centuries of Arabian history.
And now add the ‘Live RAK Play’ global work initiative that Ras Al Khaimah has launched, and you have got yourself a shining, beautiful life, at least for a year. In the wake of the pandemic and a complete makeover of the working environment world-wide, this new program heralds a new era of digitalization. The era of work from home. It is a balm to the working souls that were sorely bruised by the constant house-confinement for months and a healing rub to the digital vagabonds who are tired of seeing the Zoom interface every day in the morning.
More about “Live RAK Play”
Available until 30 December 2021, ‘Live RAK Play’ showcases a number of long-stay offers across a range of hotels with connectivity and discounts on dining, laundry and car rental. Guests will also receive complimentary tickets to Jais Adventure Peak, home to the world’s longest zipline, or Suwaidi Pearl Farm and the newly launched Bear Grylls Explorer Camp for a half-day mountain excursion.
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Now that the travel restrictions have been lifted and working remotely has become the new norm, the northern emirate is providing people with a golden opportunity to relocate here and work for up to a year, till December 30, 2021. It is as much a move to bolster their tourism as to offer a respite from the stuffy, stifling space of your home office and the concrete blocks surrounding it. Because, if you have to work from home, why not make home more beachy, sunny, and just overall exciting?
With long room stays at affordable prices and complimentary Wi-Fi and discounts on food, transportation, calls, ‘Live RAK PLAY’ is truly a dreamy package. So now you can just work from a gorgeous affordable hotel in the day, and stroll along the gorgeous sand and the sea in the evening, or ride motorbikes, meandering around the sandy desert, or climb the tall mountaintop. Or even if you need to take a call, you can do it while enjoying the salty, chilly wind of the beach, or even email your boss while you are resting on top of the Jebel Jais. Working from home doesn’t seem so bland anymore in Ras Al Khaimah.
Why Ras Al Khaimah?
The Affordable Living Condition
Ras Al Khaimah is considerably less affluent in luxury hotels and resorts, with 20-30% more affordable than its neighboring states in transportation, stays, dining and everything, and yet, the living condition is uncompromisingly pristine and exotic there as ever. This package will also ensure you have discounts on your hotel prices. And Rehlat offers a flat 10% discount of up to 30 KWD on these hotel bookings, with no minimum booking amount needed. Use coupon code SUPER10 to avail the offer.
The Mountainous Backdrop
It is so hard to overlook the tall, soaring Hajar Mountains and Jebel Jais girding the state, the latter famed for being the highest mountain in the entire UAE. They shower you with picturesque, awe-inspiring vistas of the Arab landscape from all around. There are countless trails for you to hike up and delve into an adventurous day.
Also, Jebel Jais has the longest zipline in the world, which is a wonderful experience, and that is another of the many perks of the ‘Live RAK Play’ package. Because the guests will be recipients of two complimentary tickets to either Jais Adventure Peak or the Suwaidi Pearl Farm along with a half-day excursion at the Bear Grylls Explorer Camp.
The Desert and Camping
The brown-sanded desert stretches relentlessly with the mountains peering over them, sand dunes flecked all across it. A chase around the dunes, or mountain biking is always on the cards. And wildlife like camels, goats and even the elusive Arabian oryx can be found wandering around and grazing the ground here. Moreover, Ras Al Khaimah is an ideal destination for campers too. A night under a starry sky and relishing a pinch of the old Bedouin life in the Bedouin Oasis is a magical desert experience; the Live RAK Play remote working package offers safaris with that too.
Ras Al Khaimah’s beaches lining its coastline are shiny and clean. The sands are glistening white and the water is cool, turquoise and clean, and there are cafes, restaurants all flanked on their sides. You can just traipse along the shore, or go for a swim after work. Or if your choice is to stay at the hotels on the side, you can just work from there and intermittently gaze at the sky meeting the sea on the horizon from your room window too.
The History and Cultural Heritage
This is one of the 7 states of UAE, steeped in a rich history and culture, remnants of which you can spot scattered in the archeological sites and museums. Like, the 16th-century mud-brick Dhayah Fort on a hilltop, decimated mostly in an 1891 savage battle with the British. Or Jazirat Al-Hamra, the ruins of a 14th-century village and its ancient houses and mosques, said to be haunted by jinns from Islamic folklore. And then, of course, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah which is a stunning shrine to the history of the region, showcasing historical artifacts of the late Islamic period, dating centuries back.
With the pandemic still spread across the world with no hint of receding, remote working has been taken up by employees all around the globe by an excessive amount. And in this age of digitalization, it is not a difficult feat, though surely a tedious one. Ras Al Khaimah, with its top dining experience, its mountainous adventures and beachy resorts, and impeccable Wi-Fi, makes working from home a fun and enjoyable ordeal, helping to ease your life, so it is not too much bogged down by Zoom calls and Google meets.