Ras Al Khaimah
Looking to escape the everyday? Embark on an authentic UAE adventure and experience Ras Al Khaimah! This Emirate (state) is a region of breathtaking coastlines, endless terracotta desert planes and over 7000 years of history and culture. The sun shines bright all year round and there’s always something exciting and unique to do! Rah Al Khaimah boasts 64 kilometres of white sandy beach, looming rocky mountain ranges and urban hubs filled with luxurious resorts and malls. Set just 45-minutes from the bustling Dubai metropolis, it is a great place to explore if you’re looking for a different insight into Emirati life!
The name, Ras Al Khaimah, can be taken to mean “headland of small huts”. This can be attributed to the history of the area and the indigenous buildings that once existed along the coast. The history of this Emirate dates back to the Bronze Age—archaeological excavations have revealed the existence of advanced trading civilisations occupying the land since 5000 BC and it’s one of the few places in the world that has had continuous settlers for over 7000 years! Ras Al Khaimah’s most recent history is well documented in the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, plus there are 75 registered traditional mud-brick and stone towers scattered throughout the area, making for great sightseeing as you travel through!
Ras Al Khaimah has something for everyone. The capital city alone is full of intrigue and then there’s the outer desert areas, beaches and mountain ranges! Explore the capital’s two sections: old Ras Al Khaimah and Nakheel (connected by the oldest bridge in the city). In the old section visit the two main Corniches (water-side roads) that run along the stunning harbour and Arabian Sea waters. Laze in the grasses by thriving mangrove plantations, cycle, jog, swim, sail or dine in a waterside restaurant or café. In Nakheel, view the Ruler’s court, museum, markets, old souqs and shopping malls. Next, head to Jebel Jais—the highest mountain peak, for a one-of-a-kind hike. Embark on an equestrian ride through the desert sands, ride camels and get an insight in to the nomadic Bedouins who historically call the region home.
To find out more about what you can do in Ras Al Khaimah—from golf, to water parks, race tracks and more, contact our My Dubai Holiday Experts. If you’re looking to get there, check out our Dubai Hot Deals!