A Shopper's Paradise: The Many Malls and Markets of RAK

With the support of Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, RAK is becoming known as a destination for sophisticated shoppers.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a sought-after tourist destination the world over, for a number of reasons. The country's seaside location, beautiful desert landscape and dramatic mountain scenes are enough to charm anyone. But people don't just come for the scenery. They come for the world-class dining, the exciting attractions, the luxurious accommodations, and the first-class shopping.

From malls, to boutiques, to out-of-the-way shops, shopping is a delightful experience in the UAE. Nowhere is this more true than in the emirate Ras Al Khaima (RAK). This tranquil and friendly emirate is a rapidly expanding tourist destination. Under the support and guidance of Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, RAK offers a wealth of shopping opportunities, from high-end stores, to local markets, to one-of-a-kind shops perfect for collecting treasures.

For locals and visitors looking for contemporary shopping with modern amenities, RAK has several large, upscale malls featuring local and international department stores, as well as entertainment and casual and sit-down dining.

RAK's namesake shopping center, Rak Mall, is a beautiful shopping center that spans 700,000 square feet and offers food courts, coffee shops, restaurants and even an ice skating rink.

The Manar Mall, arguably RAK's most famous and most popular mall, is ideal for shopping, relaxation and family fun. This mall features a stunning and picturesque setting, with windows that allow people to watch the sun set over the ocean as they shop. It also features a movie theater, a Hypermarket, a kid's fun center and all of the accessories, clothing and electronics one could want. It’s a perfect destination for savvy shoppers, whether they’re from Minnesota or Paris.

The Al Hamra Mall is a sophisticated two-story shopping center set in a residential development in the village of Al Hamra. The mall is built in a traditional Arabic architectural style and features many stores selling clothes, appliances, furniture and electronics. It also contains a supermarket and pharmacy.

The Safeer Mall is an elegant shopping center that features touches of rustic Arabic style throughout, and provides a warm, authentic experience. The mall features 120 shops, a 300,000 square-foot indoor amusement park for children and the region's largest Hypermarket. It also sells traditional Arab clothing, perfume and housewares.

For those seeking local culture with an even more traditional shopping experience, head to Old Town RAK. The seaside markets of Old Town RAK call to mind old Arabic trading bazaars. They offer many shops, which sell traditional spices, curios, rugs and souvenirs. Old Town RAK also features traditional fruit and fish markets.

Al Muairedh Souk is well known for its gold and diamonds, as well as for its Indian food and henna salons. Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Souk, RAK's oldest market, features over 100 shops that carry everything from jewelry, to food, to clothing. Some even provide sewing or salon services.

Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi and the people of RAK are proud of the diverse shopping experiences this rapidly growing and increasingly popular emirate offers to both locals and tourists. From traditional spices to the latest high-end fashion, RAK stores sell local and imported goods that make this emirate a shopper’s paradise.

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