A hidden gem in the northern most part of the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah is a dream destination for all types of holiday seekers. The Emirate boasts of magnificent landscapes featuring breathtaking coastlines, terracotta desert planes, and the towering Hajar mountain range with the UAE’s highest peak – Jebel Jais. With year-long sunshine and 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches, Ras Al Khaimah offers an entirely unique experience, and is the perfect getaway from everyday life.
Jebel Jais Flight - the World’s Longest Zipline as certified by Guinness World Records, is an exhilarating experience you should definitely tick off your bucket list. Expect to soar with unparalleled speed (up to 150 kmph) from the UAE’s highest mountain peak, and land on a breathtaking transparent platform that is completely suspended in air.
Be it the World’s Longest Zipline – Jebel Jais Flight – hiking trails or mountain climbing routes, Jebel Jais is the place for outdoors enthusiasts. Make your experience even more special with a 30 km scenic drive up the mountain and a pit stop at the Viewing Deck Park for coffee served with a side of mountain views. For a more grounded experience, try spotting a flock of flamingos as you kayak through the mangroves and salt flats, explore the desert on horseback or simply enjoy a falcon show.
Ready to be spellbound? Start with the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, it served as the residence of the ruling family and now houses archaeological treasures. Perhaps the most visited archaeological site is Dhayah Fort, a 16th century mud-brick fort – and the only hilltop fort still existing in the UAE, with a fantastic view of the lush palm gardens, the sea and the dramatic mountain range. Or, tour the Suwaidi Pearl Farm to learn about the country’s incredible era of pearling, and experience pearl diving, oyster opening and a traditional lunch cooked by Emirati women in the village.
While the coastline of Ras Al Khaimah is 64 kilometres long, the beaches themselves seem to go on forever. Expect uncrowded and pristine strips of soft golden sand that are cooled by the emerald embrace of the Arabian Gulf. You really will feel like you’ve discovered something no one on Earth has yet seen, when you first venture onto unexplored shores.
Enjoy a wide range of traditional Arabic activities with entertainment, Tanoura dancing, camel riding and an Arabic barbecue. Ras Al Khaimah’s desert camps also provide facilities to experience an overnight stay for those who wish to camp under the stars.
There are plenty of ways to get to Ras Al Khaimah – visitors can fly in via Dubai International Airport or Sharjah Airport, both of which are under an hour’s drive away, or straight into Ras Al Khaimah Airport which has several charter and scheduled flights. For those visiting from Dubai, you could also try Seawings – a luxurious seaplane experience that also offers a tour around the vast landscapes of Ras Al Khaimah. You can also easily drive or hop on a comfortable taxi or one of the frequent bus services linking Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.