The northern-most emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has successfully concluded its Dubai Tour Stage, with Elia Viviani emerging from the peloton to cross the city centre finish line first. Stage 2 of the fifth edition of the Dubai Tour took competitors - representing 16 professional teams from around the world - on a 190km route from Skydive Dubai through Sharjah and Ajman before the spectacular Ras Al Khaimah finish.

Congratulating participants at the finish line, Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), said: “The Ras Al Khaimah Stage of the Dubai Tour is the longest of the five stages and is a great achievement for those who have competed today. The emirate has long been favoured by training athletes across various practices for its diverse landscape and unique natural assets.”

“Over the past few years, RAKTDA has worked with a number of partners to host a wealth of sporting events across the emirate, including the European Golf Challenge Tour and the RAK Half Marathon. Hosting the Dubai Tour again this year expands the emirate’s presence on the international sporting arena and we look forward to hosting many more major sporting events in the future.”

Ras Al Khaimah’s untouched landscape, such as the country’s highest mountain peak, Jebel Jais, 64km of pristine coastline, and further hidden gems provide cyclists with the ideal playground for mountain biking, desert excursions and touring. The emirate’s growing cycling community enjoys a diversity of two-wheel options – from the dedicated cycle lanes on Marjan Island, to mountain biking in Jabel Jabir, Jebel Jais and Wadi Showka, or fatbiking in the dunes of Wadi Khadija and Al Dhait.

 

About Ras Al Khaimah

One of the world’s fastest growing tourism destinations, Ras Al Khaimah boasts a rich culture and long-standing history dating back 7,000 years. The Emirate boasts an array of archaeological sites and breath-taking natural vistas, from golden sand beaches, awe-inspiring terracotta dunes and a green belt of date palms to Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.

 

About Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) was established in May 2011 under the government of Ras Al Khaimah. In order to achieve target growth of one million visitors by the end of 2018, the authority aims to develop the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and establish Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for leisure and business travel, creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. In order to achieve its goals, the RAKTDA has a government mandate to license, regulate and monitor the emirate’s tourism and hospitality industry.

 

Source: ASDA´A Burson-Marsteller