Offering a diverse landscape, rich heritage and a temperate climate, Ras Al Khaimah is an ideal getaway for quality-value leisure and adventure as well as business travel. The Emirate presents an extensive selection of exclusive outdoor activities from mountain climbing and biking, kayaking, fishing and golfing as well as premium accommodation, an eclectic selection of international gourmet experiences and world-class spas.
Situated on the west coast of the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah offers the ideal location for all water activities. The clear blue waters of the Gulf provide the perfect conditions for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and water skiing. For lovers of nature, kayaking in the mangroves of Ras Al Khaimah or at sea offers an unforgettable experience.
The Arabian Gulf is home to a variety of sea-life including different species of Trevally, stubborn Two-bar and Porgy Bream, Spangled Emperor and the large seasonal Croaker. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy days at sea on professionally equipped boats together with expert crew to help bring in the day’s catch.
For the outdoor sports lovers, the Hajar Mountains in Ras Al Khaimah provides the ideal terrain for a wide variety of mountain activities. Outdoor adventures include rock climbing, mountain biking and walking together with hill walking, abseiling, mountaineering and “Wadi Descent”, where adventurers are able to enjoy the natural flow and excitement of forging and traversing through narrow waterways amongst the mountains.
Ras Al Khaimah offers a choice of two 18 – hole championship Golf courses, Al Hamra Golf Club and Tower Links Golf Club. Both courses offer outstanding golfing facilities including lessons for beginners and the opportunity to play golf under the stars and are famous for participating and hosting Regional Golfing Events.
A Desert Safari in Ras Al Khaimah offers visitors a day filled with excitement and adventure. The Safari begins with a thrilling drive in a 4×4 vehicle across the desert and climbing sand dunes, often at a 45-degree angle! Later in the day visitors will have the opportunity to experience a ride on a camel and enjoy a traditional Arabic dinner and entertainment around a camp fire.
The first Bedouin-style desert camp in Ras Al Khaimah provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to explore desert living. Using only traditional and natural materials the Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp is a step back in the days when tent roofs were originally made from goat hair and there was only fire or an antique gas light to provide heating and lighting.
Falconry is a traditional pastime in Ras Al Khaimah. At the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, the first desert spa resort in the UAE, visitors can enjoy a spectacular show of falcons in the natural desert environment. Home to Arabian gazelles and the oryx the desert spa resort has a nature reserve which spans over 130 hectares.
Camel races are a traditional heritage activity in Ras Al Khaimah. A winter pastime, the camel races take place at weekends on the camel racetrack, surrounded by dunes and sheltered by the thickets of Ghaf trees in Digdaga and Hamraniya. On weekdays the racetrack is usually busy with camel trainers and colorfully clad camels which trot up and down the track, building up their stamina for the weekend races. The official camel races are held on Thursday afternoons and early on Friday morning from October throughout the winter season.
A naturally hot spring, Khatt Springs is renowned for its healing properties. The waters, rich in mineral content reach a depth of 90 feet underground and with temperatures approaching 40C° degrees can cure a number of skin ailments and problems associated with rheumatic disease. Khatt Springs also offer additional Ayurvedic spa treatments which are complimented by the thermal water. With private pools, treatment rooms and a café offering a variety of refreshments, visitors to Khatt’s Hot Springs can enjoy one of Ras Al Khaimah’s most famous picnic locations.
Built in the middle of the 18th century during the emirate’s invasion by Persians, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah was originally the house of the Royal Family until 1964. In 1987, the late Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohamed Al Qassim opened the museum which includes a number of local ancient monuments and an intriguing collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts.
The first of its kind in the UAE, the Pearl Farm produces more than 100,000 pearls each year. Visitors to the Pearl Excursion begin by learning how a pearl is cultivated and get the opportunity to open an oyster. If the oyster contains a pearl, then the visitor gets to keep it!
The Pearl Museum presents visitors a glimpse into the history of the pearl industry in the Arabian Peninsula. On display across the museums’ two floors is a selection of ancient equipment and old diving costumes. The museum also has on display a collection of special natural pearls in different shapes and colours.
Built as a strategic military castle in the 16th century on a mountain overlooking the Gulf, Dayah Fort witnessed a battle between the local people and the British troops. Here, its towers were set on fire and later destroyed in 1819. The Fort was restored in the 1990’s and its strategic location provides outstanding views of Ras Al Khaimah.
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