What kind of Ras Al Khaimah Traveller are you? The Explorer
Travelling for many is about experiencing local culture and breathtaking views. With its influences from Africa, India and the Middle East, Ras Al Khaimah stands at the crossroads of multiple trading routes and is a melting pot of cultures and tradition. Add to that the gorgeous local scenery where epic mountains flow into desert dunes and warm year-round temperatures, and you’ve got a fabulous holiday experience waiting to be discovered.
Stark Deserts and History
For many, coming from a land with abundant rain and water sits in contrast to the arid desert environment and the cultures that sprang up in the area. Experience what it’s like to ride a camel across huge dunes and then enjoy sitting down in a Bedouin tent for an authentic meal at Bedouin Oasis. You can even sleep underneath the stars and appreciate the beauty of this gorgeous area.
Nearby Ras Al Khaimah, you can explore Dhayah Fort. This natural defensive outpost was further fortified with tall towers and delivers breathtaking views of the mountain, sea and date farms surrounding the area. The original fort was built in the 16th century, and it was expanded during the 19th century.
History is important, and back in the city, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah provides a detailed insight into the Emirate’s past. This building used to be a fortified complex and became the home of the ruling Al Qasimi family before being turned into a museum. Today, multiple galleries provide a variety of collections, archaeological finds and culturally significant objects from the Bedouin, Shihuh and Habus tribes of the desert and mountains.
Within the city of Ras Al Khaimah are souks, classic yachts at Al Hamra Marina and even an old fishing village, which was abandoned when oil was found further south in the Emirates. This town is called Al Jazirah Al Hamra, and it was once a key pearling area. You’ll see the traditional coral-stone architecture as you wander through. You can head to the Suwaidi Pearls Farm afterwards to see how modern pearls are cultivated, and explore the heritage of this ancient profession.
Visit the Nakheel Old Souk, which offers a huge range of traditional shops where you can buy everything from fine textiles to ready-made clothes. Over in the Old Market Area is the Fish Market, where you can buy fresh seafood, and there are multiple restaurants nearby taking advantage of the day’s catch. You can also pick up fresh traditional flatbread, freshly made sweets and gorgeous baklava.
Foodies should head over to Marjan for the finest Lebanese cuisine, or go south to The Cove Rotana Resort, where you can experience fresh Mediterranean-inspired food at Basilico. If you want a huge variety of food from various cuisines, try Emirates Sea Restaurant. You can even stroll along the Corniche for a pleasant walk with family and then pick a café to enjoy a delicious coffee.
Mountain Peaks and Big Hikes
A short drive to the north are the mountains that provide awe-inspiring views of Ras Al Khaimah, the Omani exclave of Musandam and the Strait of Hormuz. Explore Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, on a hike or from the Viewing Deck Park. The 11 marked trails across the Hajar Mountains vary in length and difficulty, with some taking 90 minutes and others taking up to 18 hours.
Whether you are after warm weather, glorious scenery or classic Arabian culture, the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah genuinely has it all. Fabulous food, gorgeous pearls and history steeped in tradition ensure your visit is one you won’t forget. Book your holiday to Ras Al Khaimah today by visiting our website or speaking to one of our travel specialists.
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