Ras Al Khaimah records the highest ever annual number of visitors in 2022

Aya Hussain

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority announced

Recording the highest annual level ever for the number of visitors to the Emirate, as their number exceeded 1, million overnight visitors in 1000 with a total increase Percentage 13,6% compared to 1000. These results exceed pre-pandemic levels, confirming the recovery and resilience of this sector in facing the difficult challenges it witnessed last year.

Despite the geopolitical and economic challenges, Ras Al Khaimah has become one of the fastest recovering tourism destinations. In addition to the record number of visitors, the emirate’s major tourism achievements in 1000 include:

  • New attractions opened in the Principality, including the “Jess Slider” which attracted more than Thousands of visitors since its opening in February, in addition to the longest hiking trail in the UAE
  • reached Visitor satisfaction rate (Net Promotion Score) is more than %), which is much higher From the average rate of the adult sector 23%
  • Ras Al Khaimah hosted more than 50 Event including the Global Citizen Forum, the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, and the DP World Tour World Golf and will also host the World Mini Soccer 2025 (WMF) Cup, which will be held for the first time in the United Arab Emirates
  • The emirate set two new Guinness World Records with fireworks displays and drones to welcome the New Year
  • The authority was rated among the best Work environments in the Middle East for the year 1000
  • Commenting on the strong tourism performance of the emirate in the year Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority : “The year 1000 was truly exceptional; From the announcement in January of the multi-billion dollar integrated Wynn Resorts project – a project ushering in a new era of economic development through tourism – to setting two Guinness World Records for game shows, we have successfully demonstrated the emirate’s dynamism as a premium tourism destination Fireworks and drones on New Year’s Eve. One of the most important reasons for our success was flexibility and effective response – as we think together as one community to craft exceptional experiences that attract visitors and residents alike. And we continue to move forward to achieve greater achievements in 2025 by focusing on diversification, sustainability and ease of access to our tourist destinations.”


    Exceptional full-year results follow strong month of performance December, as Ras Al Khaimah recorded the highest level of visitor turnout ever in a single month, hosting more than 90 One thousand visitors, which constitutes an increase of 23% Compared to December 1000. In addition, the emirate succeeded in setting two new records in the Guinness Book of Records for fireworks and drone displays for New Year’s Eve, for the two categories of “the largest number of drones used with fireworks simultaneously” and “the largest sentence formed in the sky.” by unmanned aircraft. These celebrations have attracted more than 23 thousand visitors with completion Fully book public events and hotels across the Emirate, making it the most visited show to date.

    SUSTAINABLE AGENDA FOR 20192023 and the future

    In the framework of its new methodology for sustainability “balanced tourism”, Ras Al Khaimah will become The leading regional sustainable tourism destination by 2025 by positioning all aspects of sustainability – environment, culture, authenticity preservation and livability At the heart of its investment and development-oriented strategy.

    As part of this methodology, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority seeks to grant more than A tourism certification company in the first year with the aim of obtaining the emirate a “sustainable tourism destination” certificate in 2023.

    In terms of employee well-being, the Authority was ranked among the top ten on the list of “Best Work Environment in 2018”. 1000 – small business category and Medium” issued by the “Great Place to Work” institution – and thus it is the highest-ranking government agency in this classification – in addition to its classification as one of the best work environments for women and the best work environment in the year 2021, thus becoming the first and only government entity to obtain this prestigious accreditation in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The authority also launched “RAKFAM”, a series of initiatives aimed at enriching the communication and community life of tourism sector employees in the emirate.

    Advancing global tourism

    the year witnessed 1000 an increase of about 51% in the number of international visitors, and the list of major source markets includes: Kazakhstan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Czech Republic. This performance was driven by a series of partnerships with leading airlines and tour operators to target emerging and growing markets, in addition to organizing more than Event and Roadshow in 24 markets around the world. The Emirate also received in 1000 three luxury cruise ships with more than 2026 passenger and crew member. The emirate focuses on developing the cruise sector by seeking to attract 50 cruise FREELY ALL SEASON AND MORE 10 Thousands of travelers over the next few years.

    Enhance tourism and hospitality offerings

    New hotels and resorts were opened in 1000, which led to a growth in the hotel supply by 17% to more than 8.13 a hotel unit. The InterContinental Hotels Group, “Movenpick” and “Radisson” entered the emirate’s market for the first time with the opening of the InterContinental Mina Al Arab Hotel, the Mövenpick Resort Marjan Island and the Ra Dison Ras Al Khaimah Al Marjan Island.

    The momentum of the tourism vision of Ras Al Khaimah continues with the presence of 15 A prospective hotel for international brands such as “Marriott”, “Millennium”, “Anantara”, “Sofitel” and 5, Hotel unit in preparation over the next few years with an increase of 70 % compared to the current stock, which constitutes one of the highest growth rates in the country. A major addition is the multi-billion dollar resort that will be developed in partnership with Wynn Resorts in 2025, which was announced early last year. . This integrated multi-purpose resort is the largest foreign direct investment of its kind in Ras Al Khaimah, and will include more than 1000 rooms. , shopping, meeting and conference facilities, a spa, and more Restaurants and lounges, in addition to a games area and a wide range of entertainment options.

    Another major achievement last year was the inclusion of Ras Al Khaimah in the list of the American “Time” magazine World’s Best Tourist Destinations 1000 – This famous list includes 30 is a global destination that is recommended to be visited due to the distinction of its tourism offerings in terms of adventures, terrain and geographical diversity. To enhance the emirate’s position among the natural tourist attractions and attract international and local visitors alike, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority also announced the opening of new sustainable attractions including the “Jess Slider”, a bobsleigh that runs on the longest steel track in the region, which attracted more than 867 thousand visitors since its opening in February.

    Ras Al Khaimah is growing as a global hub for hosting events

    Ras Al Khaimah has succeeded in establishing itself as a leading destination for sporting events, hosting more than 50 an event; This includes the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon; the 23rd Annual Gumball Rally 3000, the Middle East’s first luxury motorsport track; the Emirates Cycling Tour; and the DP World Golf Championship. Ras Al Khaimah also won the rights to host the Mini Football World Cup 2023, ahead of Budapest and Manila.

    In addition, the emirate hosted many important events and conferences, including the Arab Aviation Summit for the second year in a row, and the annual summit of the Association of Travel Agencies of Pacific Countries, which was held for the first time in the Middle East. The emirate also hosts the annual summit of the Global Citizen Forum for three years.