02 October 2017
Ras Al Khaimah is literally translated as ‘top of the tent’ due to its location at the northern tip of the United Arab Emirates. It benefits from year round sunshine and, although milder than the rest of the UAE, the climate is generally hot and dry with temperatures exceeding 35C in July and August.
Ras Al Khaimah is one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world, boasting a rich culture and long-standing history dating back 7,000 years. With an array of archaeological sites, breath-taking natural vistas and Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, this destination is perfect if you want a more cultured or adventure-based holiday.
Highlights of Ras Al Khaimah
Water Adventures – With 64 kilometres of coastline, Ras Al Khaimah is the ideal location for water activities. The clear blue waters provide the perfect conditions for scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and water skiing. For nature lovers, kayaking in the mangroves can be an unforgettable experience.
Falcon Show – Falconry is a traditional pastime in Ras Al Khaimah and what better way to appreciate it than with a spectacular show of falcons in their natural desert environment. The Banyan Tree Al Wadi which hosts the event is home to Arabian gazelles and the Oryx and has a nature reserve which spans over 130 hectares.
Khatt Springs – Khatt Springs is a naturally hot spring known for its healing properties. The waters are rich in mineral content with temperatures approaching 40 degrees. The springs also offer Ayurvedic spa treatments, complimented by the thermal water. Relax in the private pool and treatment rooms or enjoy one of the most famous picnic locations in Ras Al Khaimah.
Camel Races – Camel racing is a traditional winter activity in Ras Al Khaimah, taking place at weekends on the camel racetrack surrounded by dunes. On weekdays the track is busy with camel trainers and colourfully clad camels, building up their stamina for the weekend. The official camel races are a sight not to be missed.
Something a little more adventurous…
Desert Safari – This experience offers you a day filled with excitement and adventure. The Safari begins with a thrilling drive in a 4x4 vehicle across the desert and climbing sand dunes. You’ll even get the opportunity to experience a camel ride and a traditional Arabic dinner and entertainment around the camp fire.
Al Jazirah Aviation Club – A truly amazing experience awaits you with a flight in a micro-light aircraft or using powered parachutes. Enjoy scenic views of the desert, the glistening turquoise sea and the majestic mountains in the background.
Ras Al Khaimah Country Club – Horses are a part of the Arabic heritage and discovering the desert on horseback is an exciting outdoor experience. There are a variety of horse riding lessons available where beginners can learn to ride in only three days, as well as other facilities such as a swimming pool and restaurant.
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