From outdoor escapes and wildlife spotting to glamping and more, the emirate offers a unique getaway in the winter
Ras Al Khaimah is known for its diverse appeal, offering the best of both worlds, combining luxury with authentic, rugged experiences in the UAE. This winter, the emirate welcomes residents and visitors to explore everything it has to offer, from unique outdoor activities to wildlife adventures and more. Read on to discover the best things to do in Ras Al Khaimah.
Ras Al Khaimah was recently named the Gulf Tourism Capital for the second consecutive year, cementing its identity as a haven for all types of travellers. With year-round sunshine, the emirate features stunning beaches, lush mangroves, a vast desert peppered with green oases, all against the majestic backdrop of the Hajar mountains with the country’s highest peak – Jebel Jais.
Deep dive into the past
For a taste of local life in the pre-oil era, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah invites the curious to learn more about the rich history of the emirates. The engaging Tamra exhibition delves into the significance of date palms in the region. Then, head further to explore the emirate’s archaeological sites dating back to the Bronze Age, of which Dhaya, Jazirah Al Hamra, Julphar and Shimal are recognised on UNESCO’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites.
Learn more about pearl fishing
A visit to the Suwaidi Pearl Farm in Ras Al Khaimah brings guests closer to the nation’s heritage, through mangrove tours, pearl diving demonstrations and a tour of the facilities. Visitors can learn all about the practice of pearl fishing, which was a mainstay of the economy during the emirate’s pre-oil era. The experience is designed to promote an understanding of the nature of various pearls and the process of obtaining these gems of the sea.
Embark on a hawk walk
The diverse Arabian wildlife found in Ras Al Khaimah is a key point of interest for many travellers. Migratory and resident birds flock to the region during the winter to live in harmony alongside gazelles, oryxes, wild cats, sand cats and foxes. The surrounding coast, sea and wetlands are home to turtles, blacktip reef sharks, flamingos, cormorants and more.
Animal enthusiasts can experience the nature walk offered as an extension to stays at the Ritz Carlton Al Wadi, which includes a guided hike through the dunes to see if they can spot local flora and fauna. The Ras Al Khaimah Zoo and Park also gives visitors the chance to view over 40 wild and endangered species.
Explore the great outdoors
Popular among weekend warriors in the UAE, thanks to the abundance of adventure activities, Ras Al Khaimah’s mountains are ripe for exploration. Enjoy activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking at hotspots such as the Wadi Showka. Tour operators also offer kayaking through the mangroves and off-road driving.
Take on new challenges
The newly-opened attractions on Jais Adventure Peak are ideal for adrenaline enthusiasts looking to take on new challenges. Experiences, such as the Jebel Jais Flight, the Jais Sky Tour, Jais Sky Maze and Bear Grylls Explorer Camp, beckon thrill seekers, offering the chance to experience the UAE’s highest peak from a fresh new perspective. From zip lines, suspended obstacles courses and survival training, the Jais Adventure Peak promises a memorable experience for all.
Camp on the beach
Imagine all the fun of camping with the creature comforts of a hotel and you’ve arrived at Ras Al Khaimah’s first ‘glamping’ site. Longbeach Campground offers adventure, nature and luxury at its best and all under the same tent. When you book a one-night stay at Longbeach Campground in Ras Al Khaimah, you get to spend the day in a traditional bell tent inclusive of all leisure amenities – showers, restrooms, daily housekeeping and room service. But that’s not all, you can also enjoy breakfast, dinner, a free-flow of house beverages every evening and more than a dozen complimentary activities.
To learn more, visit www.visitrasalkhaimah.com