Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost Emirate forming the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, and is fast becoming a popular tourist destination. At just an hour’s drive from Dubai, it is a relaxing, yet luxurious place to holiday, offering a flavour of traditional Emirati life alongside the service and luxury one expects from a trip to the UAE.
Ras Al Khaimah is much less developed than Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and is a stunningly beautiful part of the country, with mountains, beaches and desert to explore.
The UAE is a fantastic destination for a holiday, at just seven hours flight time from London. Visitors to Ras Al Khaimah, or RAK, as it is widely called, will find plenty to do. There are a huge range of activities and visitor attractions here, for families, couples, thrill seekers and sightseers, which are varied, high quality, and great value too. Here are my tried and tested recommendations of the very best Ras Al Khaimah has to offer.
Dhayah Fort is one of the most important historic sites in the emirate, which sits at the top of small hill with fantastic views across the mountains and out to sea. The Fort remains unchanged, but it was restored in 2001, with the creation of a good path running up to the top. This is a great place to visit in the early morning or late evening, as it is hot work climbing up the hill at other times in the day. It’s quite hard to find, so be sure to check a map properly before heading out, and take directions with you. Allow an hour for a visit. It’s free, too.
Jebel Jais is the highest mountain in the UAE, and a short drive from Ras Al Khaimah. In fact, you can see the mountain range from the city and even from the beaches on a clear day. This is a really interesting drive to take. The road is new, smooth and safe, and the views are interesting and, at times, exhilarating.
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