Explore the many sides to Ras Al Khaimah

09 August 2019

Literally translated as ‘top of the tent’ due to its location at the northernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Khaimah offers something for everyone to enjoy. Home to a unique combination of dreamy beaches, soaring mountains, stunning terracotta deserts, luxurious resorts and lovely year-round sunshine, enchanting Ras Al Khaimah offers the ideal setting for both relaxation and adventure.

Here are just a few things that you can expect on an unforgettable holiday in remarkable Ras Al Khaimah:

Action-packed Adventures

Mountain Adventures: The majestic mountain range of Jebel Jais offers a myriad of adventure activities, including mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. Standing as the UAE’s tallest mountain, Jebel Jais is also home to the world’s longest zip line – the Jebel Jais Flight, where you will reach speeds of between 120-150kph over its 2.8-kilometre course. Jebel Jais is also home to the Middle East’s first commercial Via Ferrata, where you can get your blood pumping with three thrilling zip lines as you traverse over 1km on this exciting mountain adventure.  

For less adrenaline-fuelled pursuits, the Viewing Deck Park lets you watch family and friends take on the Jebel Jais Flight whilst you relax with a refreshing drink and a bite to eat. Featuring seven viewing decks complete with twelve sets of binoculars, you’ll be able to marvel at the superb vistas of the glittering Arabian Gulf and Al Hajar Mountain valley below. 

Water Adventures: With 64 kilometres of stunning coastline, Ras Al Khaimah is the ideal location for water activities and the clear blue seas provide the perfect conditions for numerous motorised and non-motorised water sports, including scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and water skiing. For nature lovers, don’t miss the chance to kayak in the mangroves – it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience. 

Desert Adventures: The golden-red sands of the desert offer the perfect environment for a variety of activities, including four-wheel drive safaris, as well as camel and horseback riding. 

“There is so much to see and do in Ras Al Khaimah. I would recommend a desert safari with a Bedouin overnight experience, a visit to the Al Hamra Mall or for the thrill seekers out there take a flight on the world’s longest zip line up in the Jebel Jais Mountains.”

Stephanie, Travel Counsellor

Fascinating Culture

Boasting a rich culture and long-standing history dating back 7,000 years, Ras Al Khaimah is a truly fascinating destination.

Suwaidi Pearl Farm: For a glimpse into the emirate’s incredible era of pearling, don’t miss a trip to Suwaidi Pearls – it’s the only pearl farm in the region that offers an insight into this unique tradition. Located at the foot of the majestic Al Hajar mountain range in the northern town of Al Rams, your excursion starts as you board a traditional pearling boat to reach the pearl farm itself. The undoubted highlight of your tour though will be the array of immersive activities that are on offer, including an oyster opening experience, a fascinating mangrove tour and a traditional lunch in the village. You can even enjoy an underwater dive to find and keep your very own pearl. 

Iconic landmarks: Explore Ras Al Khaimah’s captivating landmarks and historical sites, such as Dhayah Fort and Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque, in addition to its wealth of fascinating museums and galleries, including the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum.

Bedouin Oasis Camp and Bassata Desert Village: Enjoy a magical desert experience at the Bedouin Oasis Camp - an authentic reproduction of Bedouin life just as it used to be. Take a thrilling drive across the sand dunes in a 4x4 or enjoy a camel ride, before rounding off your incredible day with a traditional Arabic dinner and entertainment around the campfire. You can also choose to stay overnight and sleep under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent.  Another place to indulge in the ultimate desert experience is the Bassata Desert Village, where you can enjoy a wide array of authentic Arabic activities, including belly dancing, falcon shows, camel and horseback riding, and a stunning sunset barbecue dinner.  

Family-friendly Fun

Boasting a wealth of fantastic family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, Ras Al Khaimah’s luxurious accommodation offers great value for money, with 5* hotels available at 4* prices.

Many of the adventure activities here are suitable for all the family, including the Jebel Jais zipline, where there are no minimum age requirements; only weight and height restrictions apply. The beaches are lovely and swimmable, and the emirate is regarded as being extremely safe for tourists, making it the ideal choice for your next family holiday.

 

If you’re ready to experience the many highlights of remarkable Ras Al Khaimah, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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