If you’re looking for a unique, explored holiday destination, here’s something for you. Ras Al Khaimah, the northern-most emirate of the UAE, has everything from its golden beaches, lush mangroves and terracotta deserts to the towering Hajar Mountains bordering Oman, to offer its visitors a distinct experience. Here is a guide enlisting the top things to see in Ras Al Khaimah:
- Dhayah Fort
Dhayah Fort was built to defend against invading forces back in 16th century. Today, it is the only hilltop military tower in the UAE. If you are a military aficionado, this fort is a treasure of history for you. But even otherwise, it is a fascinating spot to catch a glimpse of Ras Al Khaimah, framed by the Arabian Gulf and Al Hajar Mountains.
2. Fun at Water Park
Beat the heat at Iceland Water Park that offers amusement to visitors of all ages. Wide variety of games, water slides and a huge food court – it has it all. The park also boasts of arctic penguins, near vertical plunges and world’s tallest man made waterfall.
3. Beach Life
If a water park just won’t do, hit the beach! Spanning 64km of pristine coastline, the beaches here offer an extraordinary experience. There are several upscale hotels that offer private beaches; some with natural lagoons for a special retreat. There are also water sports like scuba diving, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing and fishing just to name a few.
4. A Dose of History
If you wish to take a look at different aspects of culture, history and traditional life in Ras Al Khaimah, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is a must visit place for you. The Al Qasimi Royal family resided in this gorgeous palace until 1964. Today, it is one of the major tourist attractions with a varied collection of manuscripts, arte facts, traditional weapons, valuable ornaments and much more. There’s something for everyone here!
5. Get Bird’s Eye View
Take an aerial tour of the city with Seawings Urban Experience – a seaplane adventure. It gives you picturesque views of the Hajar Mountains, the desert and clear blue Arabian Gulf, as well as the rich culture and heritage of the emirate.
6. Watch a Bird Show
Bird lovers, pay attention! Check out the unique falcon and raptor display at the first desert spa resort in the Middle East – the Banyan Tree Al Wadi. You get to see falcons, hawks, kestrels, owls and eagles. You can take an active part at the Falconry Deck or simple sitback at enjoy the show. Top this experience with a tour of Falconry Mews and and Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre.
7. Mountain Activity at Jais Mountain
With winding roads heading towards the peak which stands at 1,934 metres high above sea level, the route offers a challenging and beautiful backdrop for hikers, mountain bikers and those looking for a scenic driving route. The mountain range also offers a number of camping spots for those who wish to spend the night under the stars.
8. Go Camping
Live the ultimate desert experience with the Bassata Desert Village. Enjoy a wide range of traditional Arabic activities with dune bashing, belly dancer, Arabic Tanoura, camel riding as well as Arabic barbecue. The village also provides facilities to experience an overnight stay.
9. Tee Off!
Here’s something for the golf fans. Al Hamra Golf Club offers an 18-hole course with a broad range of facilities to enjoy the day. The floodlit course also enables golf-fans to play after sunset. Alternatvely, there’s Tower Links, which also offers an 18-hole course set against the backdrop of the Hajar Mountains.
10. Horse riding
Ras Al Khaimah is one of the few destinations where you can tick off both horse-riding in the desert and on the beach from the bucket list. The Emirate offers the activity for all levels at the centres including Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre. Visitors can take lessons or go for long hacks set against the beautiful scenery of the beach and desert.
Source: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority