Why You Should Visit Ras Al Khaimah
If you really want to visit the Middle East for a holiday, but don’t consider yourself a massive fan of sprawling cities – then we recommend visiting the up-and-coming Ras Al Khaimah.
While Ras Al Khaimah – just like its glitzy neighbours - is home to world-class resorts and beautiful Emirati sunshine, the city is full of traditional Arabic buildings, fascinating museums, ethereal landscapes, and outdoor pursuits. Here are eight reasons why you should visit Ras Al Khaimah.
Its beautiful landscape is full of hiking trails
It probably comes as little surprise that Ras Al Khaimah’s lunar-esque landscape is home to impressive hiking trails. Some of the best places to hike in Ras Al Khaimah are the Hajar Mountains and Jebel Jais. The latter best known for being the highest mountain in the UAE, standing proudly at 1,934 meters tall.
It’s home to a haunted village
Just south of Ras Al Khaimah you’ll find the abandoned village of Jazirah Al Hamra. But these aren’t your usual spirits. It’s rumoured to be haunted by jinns, spirit-like creatures of Islamic folklore. The buildings are also a bold orange colour, making it a popular place for travel photographers.
There’s even more fascinating history
History buffs should head to the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, a local gem that houses artefacts dating back to the 14th century, as well as pieces that range from ancient tribal artefacts through to exhibits that showcase work from the late Islamic period.
It’s a heaven for adrenaline junkies
Up in the Jebel Jais Mountains, you’ll find the world’s longest zip line, as certified by the Book of Guinness World Records. The line is longer than 28 football stadiums! Remember to book your slot online before you go though, as places can fill up quickly.
Foodies will love the culinary options
Ras Al Khaimah is home to an extensive range of flavours and cuisines – whether you’re craving familiar international flavours or exotic Arabic aromas. We definitely recommend that you stop by an Arabic Café for some finger food and your favourite sheesha flavour.
There are wild animals
Wild animals aren’t a common sight in the large Emirati cities, even in the immediately adjacent desert. In Ras al Khaimah, however, animals roam much more freely - with camels and goats being especially common. Even the extremely rare Arabic Oryx makes the odd appearance.
You can relax in a luxury resort
After a day out hiking mountains and exploring haunted villages – you’ll want to unwind. Which is easy in Ras Al Khaimah as the city is home to numerous luxury beach resorts. Most of them also boast spas and on-site watersports.
It’s a great way to wind down after a holiday in Dubai
Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah might be geographically close, but their atmospheres couldn’t be any different. Ras Al Khaimah is the more relaxing of the two and is the perfect place to enjoy some well-deserved downtime after a jam-packed few days in Dubai.
Edited by Morag@BarrheadTravel