Ras Al Khaimah: Unveiling the undiscovered wonder of the Middle East…


Of all the emirates in the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah is known to be a secret marvel where lavish adventures and limitless hikes in the mountains, boundless coastlines adorning the sea and incredible heritage and history await your arrival. Known to be one of the largest cities in the UAE, this Northern Emirate is a hidden gem filled with unmatchable landscapes and soul-filling experiences. If you are on a lookout for adventure as well as peace mingled with a hint of luxury, RAK lets you fall in love with it instantly…

A lively Jais Sledder Experience

To experience a heavenly rush, try the newly opened Jais Sledder at Jebel Jais, the world’s longest toboggan ride. A comfortable low-slung track invites all thrill-seekers to take this eight-minute-long ride on a 1,885-metre coaster track to scream your heart out while admiring some spectacular mountain views. The sledder is built to the highest safety and technical standards and is designed with every rider’s security in mind, adhering to all ISO 19202 standards. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Witnessing Ancient History at National Museum

Being a symbol of Ras Al Khaimah’s rich history, one can learn about the Emirate’s past through magnificent archaeological and ethnological artefacts that showcase the region’s civilisation that existed since 5000 BC. The National Museum’s galleries will transport you back in time, from the Qawasim Room to traditional weapons belonging to the ruling family, you will be enchanted. Behind its ornate wooden doors are a jumble of tired ethnological displays, but there are also two small archaeological galleries that make your history-filled trip worthwhile.

Gripping Adventure in Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais, a spectacular mountain peak among the clouds, offers thrilling experiences. The Jais mountain peak, occasionally dusted with snow, is the highest point in the UAE, rising 1,934 metres above sea level. As a popular tourist destination, Jebel is teeming with Jais sky tours that surround you with tranquil views. Also, Jais flights provide an unforgettable Zip Lining experience on the world’s longest zipline, the rope courses that swing you across the beautiful blue sky, and picturesque views from the top. The mesmerising sunset from the Viewing Deck Park is also the most treasured thing. There is a lot to enjoy and live through the zestful endeavour at Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.

Soulful time at Rak Beaches

Golden beaches pearled with crystal blue water and dotted with luxury eco-resorts are the ideal setting for a relaxing holiday in Ras Al Khaimah. Some of the most popular beaches for tourists who enjoy swimming include Jazirat Al Hamra, Flamingo Beach, and Al Jeer Beach. You can enjoy sports activities like jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, snorkelling, boat cruises, and everyone’s favourite scuba diving while soaking up some Vitamin D. After a thrilling day of adventure, the day is only made better by collected soothing hospitality at five star beach resorts.

Mounting to Dhayah Fort

Dhayah fort, one of the historic sites amid mountains and palm gardens, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Built in the early 19th century it is the site of the last battle between British troops and local tribes in 1819. Besides its historic and military significance, it offers stunning views from the top. If you are someone who loves hiking then, mounting here will be a whole new venture. Though climbing up may be a bit challenging, it would be worth taking the challenge for the astounding views of palm groves, majestic oasis, muddy mountains and the Persian Gulf.

Take a Stroll around Jazirah Al Hamra Fishing Village

Known as the Ghost Town in Ras Al Khaimah, the 16th century abandoned town is one of the oldest and best preserved coastal villages in the UAE. Its people subsisted primarily on fishing and pearling until 1968, when they packed their belongings and left. Inside, the crumbled walls of coral-block houses, wind towers, schools, and shops provide up-close views of this traditional construction method. When everyone left this village, it became abandoned but now this has become an open-air museum and a key attraction for tourists.

Devouring Middle Eastern Cuisines

Are you the type of person who loves to pamper their taste buds on every trip? If so, Middle Eastern cuisine will never disappoint them. RAK is home to some of the best places to sample the famous cuisines of the United Arab Emirates. Some of the top restaurant choices are:

  • Madfoon al Saba (Emirati);
  • Basilico (Mediterranean);
  • Pure Veg Restaurant (Indian);
  • Al Fanar (Emirati);
  • Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge (International), to name a few.

Shopping Local: An Experience like no other!

Bringing home a speciality or a local artefact from a trip is what makes the whole trip
memorable for a lifetime. Although most people still choose Dubai and Abu Dhabi for shopping, we suggest visiting RAK Mall, Manar Mall, Al Hamra Mall, Al Naeem Mall, City Centre Al Dhait, Hyper Ramez Ras Al Khaimah, as these are more tourist-geared places radiating Arab vibes. These malls have the best archaeological designs and are offering a stock of leading luxury brands. What else would anyone need? This is how the trip to Ras Al Khaimah would conclude on a joyful note.