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RAKTDA witnesses rise in staycations during the National Day weekend

Dec 04 2017

Staycations have always been very popular among UAE residents due to great options available all across the country. This was affirmed by the CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority as Ras Al Khaimah witnessed a sharp rise in staycation guests as they flocked into the Emirate to celebrate the nation’s 46th anniversary.

According to Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority, heritage and cultural activities strongly appeal to the visitors. This has led the occupancy rates at the emirate’s hotels and resorts to reach as high a 90 percent.

“It’s obvious that the best way to celebrate an anniversary of this remarkable nation is within the nation and that’s what many within the country truly feel,” said Mattar. “In Ras al Khaimah we have focused strongly on family-focused activities as the strong, stable family remains a core element of UAE society.”

Ras Al Khaimah had designed a celebratory, action-and-deal programme for the entire family for this weekend where day-time temperatures in the emirate will hovered between an enviable 28-30 degrees Celsius.

Emirati music concert, dazzling fireworks, traditional entertainment at staycation deal prices added to Ras al Khaimah’s ongoing appeal of waterfront golf, beach relaxation and water sports, the Iceland waterpark, desert activities and mountain adventure, including its ever popular Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path) challenge. On National Day Eve – Friday, December 1 - four of the UAE’s top singers took to a giant stage in front of the signature Julphar Towers for a free-to-attend cultural musical performance on one of the biggest stages ever build in the Emirate with seating for over 10,000 people. Since November 16, and right up until National Day, Food Traffic, a convoy of 15 food trucks and outlets served international and local dishes opposite Julphar Towers.

Residents and visitors also got the chance to see a traditional Emirati Yola dance, the most popular battle scene dance in the UAE culture performed by a male troupe with sticks, swords or rifles to traditional music at various points throughout the emirate.

National Day also saw the start of a 17-day heritage celebration for families in the Sad Sahwka area where residents and visitors can sample traditional food and experience UAE cultural entertainment.