Ras Al Khaimah is one of the UAE’s northernmost emirates. More traditional than Dubai, this up-and-coming emirate is by no means any less exciting than its famous sibling. With endless golden sands, a magnificent mountainous backdrop and a huge number of exciting things to do, Ras al Khaimah is the perfect holiday destination for all. Keep reading to discover five totally amazing things to do on your next Ras Al Khaimah holiday.
Did we mention it ranked at a very respectable third place in our Long Haul Holiday Index? We did a little bit of research on the UK’s favourite long haul destinations – average winter temperature, the number of attractions etc. and Ras Al Khaimah stormed into third place, beating some pretty big players in the long haul market such as Barbados and Phuket. Not bad for a little-known emirate!
Whether you choose to take to the dunes by camel or 4×4, a trip to the endless, rolling dunes is a definite must. Enjoy an evening camel trek and witness possibly one of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see or enjoy an adrenaline-inducing dune bashing session in the comfort of an air-conditioned car. Either way, you’re in for a ride!
Hit the beach
Surrounded by the golden sands of the Arabian Desert and fronted by the crystal-clear waters of the Persian Gulf, Ras Al Khaimah lends itself perfectly to dreamy beach days. Whether you’re a beach bum looking to relax or one of those can’t-sit-still, watersport types, Ras Al Khaimah has everything you need for a great day at the beach.
Khatt Hot Springs
Located a short drive from the city, the Khatt Hot Springs have been providing a tranquil desert oasis for hundreds of years. Where once there was a simple pool, a full purpose-built resort now stands. Enjoy bathing in the mineral-rich waters of the natural pools and Jacuzzis or indulge in a range of treatments designed to cleanse, soothe and heal. A truly relaxing place.
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Jebel Jais Zipline
The longest zipline in the world, the Jebel Jais Flight is not for the faint-hearted. Riders can expect to reach dizzying speeds of 150kph as they take the 2.8km flight through the mountains. And, if that’s just not enough white-knuckle action, there’s also a number of smaller ziplines and a suspended obstacle course to keep you going.
Jazirat Al Hamra
A village frozen in time, Jazirat Al Hamra is a 14th century abandoned fishing village that serves as reminder of simpler times, before the oil boom. Nobody is quite sure why the villagers left or where they went but the remnants of their town still sit perfectly preserved for people to visit today.