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9 things to do in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah brings together both traditional Arabian culture and modern design. It’s where you’ll find luxury resorts set between adventurous red-hued mountains and the glittering Arabian Gulf – making it a destination that caters to fun families and loved-up couples alike. Here are 9 attractions that we recommend visiting in Ras Al Khaimah.

Zipline through the Jebel Jais Mountains

Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais – the highest mountain in the UAE – is home to three incredible zipline adventures. It is home to the World’s Longest Zipline, where thrill-seekers will travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level!

If one zipline isn’t enough you can also opt for a turn on the Jebel Jais Zipline Tour. Covering a total distance of 5km via a series of 7 ziplines (ranging from 337m to 1km) the Jebel Jais Zipline Tour will give you a panoramic view of the towering Hajar Mountains.

Or you can opt for the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata. A via ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) is a protected climbing route found in the Alps (and other locations). The essence of a modern via ferrata is a steel cable that runs along the route and is periodically fixed to the rock. Using a via ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable. The cable can also be used as an aid for climbing, and additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps and even ladders and ziplines are often provided!

Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park

This 22,730 square meter park features seven viewing decks complete with twelve binoculars. It offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy superb vistas of the Arabian Gulf and Hajar Mountain valleys all from 1,250 metres above sea level. The Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park is open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 11pm on weekends.

Ras Al Khaimah Museum

Take yourself and your family on a journey through time. Visit the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah and come face-to-face with famous and fascinating historical pieces through a unique collection of archaeological and ethnological artefacts.

Items of particular interest include a variety of documents, manuscripts and treaties between the rulers of Ras Al Khaimah and Great Britain. There are also exhibits of traditional weapons belonging to the ruling family and archaeological displays about the earliest settlers in the area up to the late Islamic period.

Pearl Farm

Take a fascinating trip back to the yesteryears; to a time when pearling was once the pillar of the country’s economy. The pearl farm is located alongside the sea and the mountains that Al Rams nestles. Visitors will learn about the history and techniques of pearl farming and can try their hand at opening an oyster. You can even enjoy a traditional lunch cooked by Emirati women from a nearby village.

Miss Teak Cruise

Cruise your way along the vibrant waters of Arabian Gulf on a wooden dhow (a traditional Arabian yacht). Take in picturesque views of city sights such as the pyramid building at Bab Al Bahar, the amazing view of Waldorf Astoria, and the illuminated souks and heritage of Ras Al Khaimah Corniche. Children below 3ft get to ride for free!

Kayaking in the Mangroves

Mangroves and salt flats form a large part of the coastal and inland landscape. The mangroves, which are home to a variety of wildlife, including flamingos, extend right into the centre of Ras Al Khaimah bringing a rich sense of nature into the city.

Visitors can explore the mangroves by taking kayak excursions and literally lose themselves in the natural beauty.

Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre

Horses and camels have long been a part of Middle Eastern culture from camel caravans through the desert to elegant Arabian horses. Set in the stunning nature and culture of Ras Al Khaimah, the Ritz-Carlton Resort’s equestrian centre offers lessons and experiences for guests of all ages and skill levels. Guests can enjoy a range of activities including camel riding and evening caravan, horseback riding or simply take the little ones for a fun interactive experience with the ponies.

Wadi Showka

For those looking for a more adventurous ride, mountain biking offers that added adrenaline rush and excitement. This experience is specially designed for those seeking a more remote adventure among the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah. Expect endless routes of downhill and uphill thrills passing through local farms and canyons.

Or if you can opt for a fun day of canyoning. Learn to navigate on wet ground, jump, swim in freshwater pools, climb and scramble your way through a wadi.

Bedouin Camp Oasis

This secret haven has been designed for the discerning customer who desires a traditional experience of the Arabian Desert, fused with indulgence and luxury. The Bedouin Oasis is an authentic reproduction of Bedouin life just as it used to be. The experience includes fun activities such as dune bashing, sandboarding, henna tattooing, barbeque dinners, and an overnight stay in the UAE Bedouin-style tents.

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Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.