Teach Abroad in Ras al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK for short) is one of UAE’s seven emirates, and has a capital city named after it, too.

The city is nestled between the Hajjar Mountains on the East and the Persian Gulf on the West and has two main areas, Old Ras al Khaimah and Nakheel, on either side of a creek.

The name of the city means “Top of the Tent” and is home to approx. 300,000 people, roughly made up of 50% Emirates and 50% expats.

A lot of expats try and compare RAK to Dubai, but RAK has a lot to offer that Dubai doesn’t.

Population: 263,217
Language: Arabic
Area: UAE

Ras al Khaimah
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Living in Ras al Khaimah

Teachers can experience a wonderful work-life balance with spectacular beaches of white sand and blue water, improved even more by the guaranteed year-round sunshine. To escape the heat, teachers visit shopping malls, especially Manar Mall, which offer a blend of shopping, entertainment, dining and recreational options. If you feel like exploring beyond your immediate locality, it’s a good idea to join the UAE car culture and buy your own (air-conditioned!) car to get around.

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What to do in Ras al Khaimah

Teaching in Ras Al Khaimah allows you to live with a slower pace, a strong community feel and an adventurous, outdoorsy lifestyle. Far from being a dusty hinterland, RAK boasts a variety of landscapes which offer unique combination of the four different landscapes found in the UAE: fertile plains, striking mountains, coastal beaches and mangroves, and the desert. RAK is a leisurely city, with a multitude of activities on offer such as diving, hiking in the surrounding mountains, bird watching, wadi bashing, desert safaris, playing golf or quad biking.

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