The northernmost emirate of the UAE offers a wealth of activities unique to the region, that will enrich any traveller’s experience and offer expatriates something new.
Ras Al Khaimah is accessible by car from anywhere within the UAE.
WHAT TO DO:
Visit Dhayah Fort
Built in the 19th century over ancient ruins, this castle is steeped in history and offers a panorama of mountain and sea views. As the only hilltop fort still existing in the UAE, Dhayah Fort played a key role in the resistance during the British attacks in 1819 against the tribes of Ras Al Khaimah.
Ride the world’s longest zipline
Located at the top of Jebel Jais mountains, measuring 2.83 kms and travelling at an average of 150 kmph, the Jebel Jais Flight is the World’s Longest Zipline certified by Guinness World Records. Hours: 9am–4pm
Cost: Prices vary, call +971 (0)7 204 6250 for updates and special offers.
Limitations: No age limits, but riders under 18 must accompanied by a legal guardian on the appointment date. Riders must be at least 122cm tall and between 40–130kg.
Experience Jebel Jais
Jebel Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain, is a popular attraction for locals, expats and tourists. Fitness fanatics can make a day of hiking while enjoying the sweeping views, or those less inclined to climbing have the option of driving up the mountain on the dual carriageway. Travellers also have the option of setting up camp in Wadi Shawka, Wadi Albaih, Wadi Ghalilah and Wadi Sham, among others.
Barbecue in Saqr Park
Entrance: AED20 per vehicle The park is large enough for families to barbecue and have a picnic. It also has a small amusement park with rides such as merry-go-rounds, carousels, bumper cars, and a ferris wheel.
Go Karting at RAK Track
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 3:30-10:30pm, Thur 3-11pm, Fri 2am-12pm, Sat 2-11pm, Sun Closed
Limitations: Riders must be at least seven years old.
The karting experiences includes safety gear (suit and helmet), a safety video briefing, live timing and score sheet. The track is outdoors and 1.1km.
Call: +971 7 222 2120
Bedouin Oasis Camp
The Bedouin Oasis offers an indulgent and luxurious reproduction of Bedouin life offering a simple ambiance. It’s a place for adults and children where many activities can be experienced during your stay.
Jebel Jais Skating Rink
At 1,300 meters above sea level, the Jebel Jais skating rink is the highest rink in the UAE. Surrounded by the Hajar mountains, the rink offers a great experience to complement with cooler weather. Limitations: The skating rink is open to adult and children above the age of three.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Call: +971 (0)7 204 6250 to confirm.
Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre
This dedicated equestrian and adventure centre, steeped in the stunning nature and culture of Ras Al Khaimah, offers a range of equestrian activities.
Call: +971 7 243 5422 for details.