The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is one of the favorite destinations for tourists and residents in the UAE alike, as it boasts luxurious tourist resorts, heritage and historical monuments dating back 7000 years, and the following are the most prominent tourist attractions of the emirate:
The story of Ras al-Khaimah begins around 3800-5000 BC, when the emirate was the center of emerging civilizations. The Red Island was a model fishing village, in which people who visit it today will find fishing nets, flint stones and pottery beads belonging to the Bedouin population who relied on fishing.
If you choose to visit the archaeological sites in the emirate or the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum, Ras Al Khaimah will provide you with a close view of what makes it one of the most charming tourist destinations in the historical level that can be visited in the region. With its heritage spanning more than 7,000 years, Ras Al Khaimah puts its heritage and traditions at the heart of what it offers you.
The emirate boasts of having 18 historical castles and fortifications that include highly recommended landmarks such as the Palace of the Zeba, the fortress of Dhia and the tombs of Umm al-Nar with a history spanning the sixteenth century, each of which holds hidden stories.
Local cuisine and culture
The rich Ras Al Khaimah culture is one of its most unique attractions, as a natural water tongue divides the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah into two parts. The markets and the old city are connected to the modern city to provide visitors with an authentic Arabic experience. Traditional villages such as Julfar and Red Island can still be found.
The emirate includes a group of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, whether visitors are searching for local dishes or a world-class dining experience in five-star facilities.
Visitors to Ras Al Khaimah can enjoy their nature even before they enter the emirate’s center. The roads to Ras Al Khaimah extend through the desert, which is an ideal opportunity to stop and take pictures with the camels one sees on the road. Many species of animals also inhabit the Emirate’s land, such as the oryx and mountain goats, thanks to the diverse climatic conditions in Ras Al Khaimah. There are many quality hotels in Ras Al Khaimah such as Banyan Tree Al Wadi, whose prime location allows visitors to make the most of the natural features of Ras Al Khaimah. The emirate also contains nature reserves in which visitors can view the Arabian gazelle before heading to the falcon hunting tent and enjoy the views of the valley’s natural reserve.
The ideal activity for those looking to relax or want to enjoy a lot of water sports, where the beaches of Ras Al Khaimah provide an unparalleled experience between the amazing spaces of white sand infinite spanning 64 kilometers of virgin beaches.
The Ras Al Khaimah that contains Jebel Jais – the highest mountain in the Emirates – offers a unique mountain experience. The mountain, with its swirling paths that march towards its height of 1934 meters above sea level, provides favorable conditions for mountain climbers, mountain bikers and those looking for scenic driving routes. The mountain group also provides camping sites for those who dream of spending a night under the stars.
Jebel Jais is a popular destination for fans of adventures, activities and events related to it, including the ‘Arab Gulf Championship of the Mountain Walk’ hosted by the emirate in the previous period of this year, and the championship of the “Iron Road” (soon to be launched), as well as the longest cable Zipline in the world. Certainly, we must mention the amazing views and charming terrain that robs the hearts and makes these mountains a typical destination for this kind of sports full of excitement and suspense.
The extensive extension of terracotta sands provides ideal conditions for many different activities, such as driving on sand dunes and desert safari trips where you can experience traditional Arab dancing in addition to barbecue, camping and camel rides. Desert Safari also provides lessons for learning about plants and animals that inhabit the surrounding areas.
Located in a village in Ras Al Khaimah, Khatt is famous for its three natural sulfur-producing springs. These springs, known for their health benefits, include rejuvenating basins with a water temperature of up to 40 degrees Celsius.
Plants and animals
The emirate includes vast areas of green plants and shrubs, and it enjoys many different plants, such as trees at the foot of Jis Mountain. The charming floral fields also allow nature lovers to enjoy the opportunity to walk within the bright, fresh pink flowers.
Ras Al-Khaimah: Busy holidays
Ras Al Khaimah is on a fast pace to become one of the most important golfing destinations. Where the emirate was able, thanks to the huge facilities in the Al Hamra Golf Club, to reserve a place as one of the hosts of the European Golf Tour.
The Al Hamra Golf Club has an eighteen-hole course that spans 7,325 yards, with numerous facilities, ensuring visitors enjoy the day even outside the stadium. The floodlit golf course allows golf lovers to play even after sunset.
Alternatively, Tower Links Club offers an eighteen-hole stadium on the backdrop of the Hajar Mountains.
Ras Al Khaimah offers those looking to find adventure even in the water great facilities for diving, windsurfing, water skiing, water biking, parasailing, fishing and many more. There are many activities available through the emirate’s hotels and resorts for all levels, from beginners to experts.
The well-known water park and ‘Ice Land’ allow you to spend an exciting day full of interesting glides and fun games for the whole family.
RAKTRAC is a modern karting circuit designed for people with a challenging spirit but not for the faint of heart, knowing that the circuit is open to everyone, including children, adults, and corporate teams.
Visitors to Ras Al Khaimah can also fly with the Al Jazeera Aviation Club, which was established in 1998 near the Al Hamra Resort, where the club – which is the only company in the country for the only lightweight aircraft – provides its visitors with the opportunity to learn to fly through a series of courses.
Ras Al Khaimah is one of the few destinations where you can practice horse riding in the desert and seashore. Where the emirate provides this sport to all levels in centers such as “the valley center for equestrian adventure”. Visitors can take horse riding lessons or travel long distances between stunning views of the beach and the desert.
Ras Al-Khaimah: health and well-being
Ras Al Khaimah has a wide selection of five-star hotels and resorts at four-star prices. Each hotel is characterized by a certain field, which meets the desires of all visitors who wish to spend time with the family and those looking for a luxury haven, or who wish to indulge in luxury. Luxury hotels in Ras Al Khaimah include:
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Khaimah
• Banyan Tree Canyon
• Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach
The Cove Rotana Resort
• DoubleTree by Hilton Resort and Spa at Marjan Island
Rixos Bab Al Bahr
Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa
Golden Tulip Khatt Spring Resort and Spa
Health Clubs Spa
Ras Al Khaimah has many high-quality spa facilities, as it has a distinguished selection of luxury hotels. Many spa clubs offer generous treatment in unusual areas, such as sessions in the heart of the desert. The Waldorf Astoria and other hotels are a natural experience that uses the best organic seaweed products.
Ras Al Khaimah is an ideal destination for families with many fun activities for the whole family such as camping, bowling and visiting museums and water parks. Most hotels also offer boys clubs and child care services for parents who want to enjoy an evening and dinner without children for only two people.
Ras Al-Khaimah is only 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport, and 30 minutes from your hotel with Seawings aircraft.
Al Marjan Island is considered one of the most important projects in the emirate, and the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority aims through it to enhance the position of the island as a major high-level destination with the development of the hotel portfolio to reach 20 hotels. This project will be worked in parallel with a project to build a new conference and exhibition center.
The current hotel portfolio includes the following luxury hotels: Rixos Bab Al Bahr, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort and Spa, Marjan Island, and other projects that offer a wide range of leisure options, swimming pools, and marine sports.
The island also hosts many events such as the ‘Coral Night Market’ during the moderate months of each year, which attracts a wide participation from craftsmen and sellers who display and sell their work to visitors, in addition to the amazing ‘Destination Down’ music festival, noting that the two most prominent figures this year They were world famous music curators Thomas Gold and Goldfish.
The luxury Hamra Village – a project that truly reflects the spirit of social connectedness – covers an area of 77 million square feet, comprising 1,500 km of beaches, more than 1,000 villas, and nearly 2,500 luxury apartments and hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria and the Hilton Beach & Golf Resort Al Hamra ‘, and’ Banyan Tree Resort, Ras Al Khaimah Beach ‘. Many establishments include rooms with beach views, some overlooking the famous Al Hamra Golf Course, which this year hosts one of the most important events in this sport, namely the ‘European Tour Challenge 2016’. Moreover, the village offers other activities such as golfing under floodlights at night, and includes many high-end restaurants and cafes.
Banyan Tree Valley:
Ras Al Khaimah hosts another luxurious facility, the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, which has a unique character, squarely in the desert plains to serve as one of serenity and purity, in addition to the various activities it provides to its visitors.
The hotel provides a group of world-class health club facilities, and is located in Khadija Valley, which is a nature reserve housing many varieties of animals such as the oryx, deer and falcons, which makes the place a more attractive destination for lovers of wildlife.
About the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority:
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority was established in May 2011 by the Ras Al Khaimah government. The Authority aims to develop the tourism infrastructure in the emirate and impose Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class tourist destination for leisure and business travelers, and to create sustainable investment opportunities and improve the standard of living for its residents, as part of its endeavor to achieve its goal of growth of one million visitors annually at the end of 2020. The Authority has assistance In achieving its goals a government mandate to license, regulate and monitor the tourism and hosting sector in the emirate
For more information about the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, please visit us on the following websites:
Ras Al Khaimah resort
Ras Al Khaimah Heritage
Marine sports in Ras Al-Khaimah
Wildlife in Ras Al-Khaimah