Ras Al Khaimah, the northern-most emirate of the UAE, offers an authentic Arabian experience; from its golden beaches, lush mangroves and terracotta deserts, to the towering Hajar Mountains bordering Oman. Along with natural attractions and activities, Ras Al Khaimah features a number of ancient archaeological sites, giving visitors an insight into the destination’s rich culture. Here is a guide enlisting the top things to explore in Ras Al Khaimah:
National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
A palace and residence of the Al Qasimi Royal family until 1964, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is now considered the UAE’s wealthiest monumental museum and features a diverse collection of historical artifacts, ancient ornaments, manuscripts and traditional weapons, many of which have been donated by the ruling family and residents of the emirate. Visitors of all ages can see the museum’s rich variety of educational galleries, which provide a wealth of historical information and depict aspects of traditional life in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE.
Originally built as a 16th century fortification to defend against invading forces and now the only hilltop military tower left standing in the UAE, Dhayah Fort offers a glimpse into Ras Al Khaimah’s riveting past, whilst providing a modern symbol of the emirate’s enduring heritage. Military aficionados can learn about the site’s backstory at their own pace through self-guided tours of the fort. Meanwhile, sightseers can enjoy bird’s eye views of Ras Al Khaimah, framed by the Arabian Gulf and Al Hajar Mountains.
Iceland Water Park
An escape from the heat, Iceland Water Park offers amusement to visitors of all ages, with its wide variety of games, water slides and an extensive food court. The park also features Arctic penguins, near vertical plunges and the world’s tallest manmade waterfall, with facilities for guests to be in the midst of it.
Trip with Seawings
Seawings Urban Experience – a seaplane adventure which takes off from the shores of Ras Al Khaimah on an aerial tour of the city – provides picturesque views of the Hajar Mountains, the desert and Arabian Gulf, as well as the culture and heritage of the emirate.
Mountain activity at Jais Mountain
At 1,934 m, Jebel Jais is the highest peak in the UAE and is occasionally dusted with snow. Adventure seekers can experience hiking tours and trekking excursions along the artistically eroded cliffs and deep canyons.
Bassata Desert Camp
At Bassata Desert Village, visitors can enjoy a wide range of traditional Arabic activities with dune bashing, belly dancer, Arabic Tanoura, camel riding as well as Arabic barbeque.The village also provides facilities for an overnight stay.