Are you a digital nomad? Ras Al Khaimah is calling

Come ‘Live RAK Play’, the Emirate entices travellers with connectivity and activities that promise you work-life balance and the chance to explore a new destination even as you meet your professional commitments.

Post the pandemic and the profound epiphanies that were born from it, many are choosing a different lifestyle. The concept of being a digital nomad has been around for a while, but with more people discovering that location and face time isn’t quite as important to a profession as being productive, many are enjoying this newfound freedom by choosing to have flexibility where they live and work.

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According to Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits consultancy, companies have reported that productivity is the same as or higher than it was before COVID-19, even with their teams working remotely, contributing to greater employee wellbeing and better work-life balance. Image: Courtesy RAKTDA.

As industries across the world adopt more flexible working policies and professionals are increasingly seeking to explore new and safe destinations while staying connected digitally, remote working has been on the rise.

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The unspoilt coastline of RAK beckons those seeking a peaceful place to work. Image: Courtesy RAKTDA.

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE’s nature-based Emirate, has understood this well and is positioning itself as the ‘ideal work from home’ location, inviting visitors to swap that idyllic Zoom backdrop for the real thing. The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has a popular ‘Live RAK Play’ programme, that enables digital nomads to relocate to the Emirate for up to a year.

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Natural beauty combines with good wifi for stress-free remote work and play. Image: Courtesy RAKTDA.

Available until end-September 2022, ‘Live RAK Play’ features a range of long-stay offers across numerous hotels, ensuring optimal levels of work productivity with seamless and complimentary Wi-Fi, discounted rates on laundry, telephone calls and food and beverage. It also provides appealing hotel rates, complimentary airport transfers, car rental deals and enticing offers across Al Hamra Golf Club, outdoor experiences with Adventurati Outdoors, Adventure Sports as well as The Dunes for desert safaris, dune bashing and camping.

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Enjoy a relaxing ride through the mangroves on the weekend. Image: Courtesy RAKTDA.

There’s an array of new and exciting activities to weave into your daily routine — not to mention an abundance of outdoor activities known to support mental health and reduce stress. Check your email from the UAE’s highest restaurant, 1484 by Puro, located on Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, or take video calls from one of many white sandy beaches. Complete a company training module while lounging poolside at one of the Emirate’s stunning hotels across beach, desert, and city locations.

Once you’re done for the day, enjoy a refreshing ocean swim or spa therapy, a hike around Wadi Showka, or destress by off-roading in the desert or dining at one of Ras Al Khaimah’s world-class venues.

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Beach, please! Unwinding after work like it’s a holiday. Image: Courtesy RAKTDA.

On weekends, you can use your two complimentary tickets to either Suwaidi Pearl Farm (the only one in the UAE) or Jais Adventure Park, home to the Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline and much more. If you’re craving a truly unique outdoors experience, you can undertake a half-day mountain excursion at the Bear Grylls Explorer Camp as part of this ‘Live RAK Play’ package.

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Ziplining will help your creativity soar. Image: Courtesy RAKTDA.

Good to know

Participating hotels:  Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort, Doubletree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island, Radisson Resort Ras Al Khaimah, Marjan Island, Jannah Hotel Apartments and Villas, Hilton Garden Inn, Doubletree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Citymax Hotel Ras Al Khaimah, and Action Hotel Ras Al Khaimah.

Activities offered at: Al Hamra Golf Club, Adventure Sports, The Dunes for camping & safari, Adventurati Outdoor, Suwaidi Pearls Farm, Warrior Group.

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