Boasting over 7,000 years of unique history, culture and heritage, Ras Al Khaimah promises authentic Arabian and nature-based experiences. Captivating traditions such as camel racing, falconry and horse-riding are still a key part of local life. The Emirate boasts 18 historic fortifications, castles and towers dating back to the bronze age.
Soak in stunning 360-degree vistas of the spectacular Hajar Mountains formed over 70 million years ago and capture Instagrammable content with seven observation decks at Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park. Gourmet-level refreshments are also available at the food truck outlets – Puro Express and Muse Café at the park. For easier access to Jebel Jais and its adventure offerings, Jebel Jais Tours provides smooth shuttle services from Ras Al Khaimah City, Al Hamra area and Al Marjan Island.
In the eastern part of RAK is a spectacular mountain range called the Ru’us Al Jibal. Jebel Jais, at 1,934m, is not only the highest peak in RAK but in the entire UAE. A key feature of the mountains is the abundance of wadis and hiking and mountain bike trails. Jebel Jais is home to the world’s longest zipline-a bucket list attraction for travellers visiting the UAE. Here, thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies can travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais. The experience will see participants fitted with a special harness for the adventure, with the longest flight itself taking approximately two to three minutes.
Built during the 19th century on the foundations of much older structures, Dhayah Fort is the only hilltop fort still existing in the country and the most-visited archaeological site in Ras Al Khaimah. A must-visit for cultural explorers, it also offers breath-taking views of an acacia forest, traditional palm gardens, the natural reserve of Khor Hulayla, Hulayla Island and traditional town of Ramsf.
Travel back in time on a unique tour of the Suwaidi Pearls Farm – founded by Abdulla Al Suwaidi – the grandson of one of the country’s last remaining pearl divers. Learn about the Emirate’s coveted pearling industry in the past and immerse yourself in a range of experiences including pearl diving, oyster opening, kayaking, and a traditional lunch.
For a deeper insight into the Emirate’s fascinating history, culture and heritage, stop over at the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. A former fort, originally designed as a defensive structure, it is now filled with archaeological, historical and ethnographical objects, partly donated by members of the ruling Al Qasimi family and residents of Ras Al Khaimah.
A hamlet of perfectly-preserved RAK history, Al Jazira Al Hamra is frozen in time and coated with a layer of ochre desert sand. Located about 20 km south of Ras Al Khaimah’s main town, inhabitants here were said to make their living out of pearl diving and fishing, but the villagers all left in the 1960s. What’s left in this open air museum of a village are the buildings built from coral stones, held together by mud and covered by roofs of woven date palms. These buildings have withstood the test of time through hundreds of years of blazing sun, biting sandstorms and conflicts.
With authenticity and hospitality in mind, Ras Al Khaimah offers a diverse collection of accommodations to suit any taste. From boutique hotels to luxurious five-star properties and resorts, Ras Al Khaimah is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed, renewed and uplifted.