Guide: Ras al-Khaimah
By ABTA Magazine staff
With stunning landscapes and over 7,000 years of history, Ras Al Khaimah – the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates – is a reinvigorating getaway.
From breathtaking coastlines, lush mangrove forests, desert and green oases to the stark Hajar mountains, including the country’s highest peak – Jebel Jais – Ras Al Khaimah’s myriad of landscapes offer up a host of activities for all interests and all ages.
There’s watersports, family and luxury beach resorts and waterfront golf along the emirate’s 64km of white, sandy beaches. There’s kayaking through the mangrove forests with hidden bird and marine life, desert safaris tackling huge dunes, camel and horseback riding, tours that take in the emirate’s ancient and intriguing heritage and culture, including its passion for local cuisine, and adrenalin-packed hiking, trekking, cycling and zip lining across the ravines of Jebel Jais, which rises to just short of 2,000 metres above sea level.
Visitors also have a wide choice of accommodation – from ultra-luxurious beach resorts to family-friendly city and beach resorts and city centre properties.
Delicious food is available throughout the emirate – from the luxury of hotel restaurants to the abundance of local cafés and food stalls. For traditional dining head to Al Fanar, as well as Ras Al Khaimah’s oldest ice-cream shop, Ashuk. Seafood restaurants are also in abundance – with the catch having been fished just hours before from Ras al Khaimah shores – though meat dishes, predominantly goat and mutton, also make appearances in the traditional restaurants.
You can also live the ultimate desert experience in Ras Al Khaimah with dune bashing, belly dancers, Arabic Tanoura, camel riding and Arabic barbecue.
If you enjoy mountains and cycling, spend a day mountain biking on the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais, and take part in a guided hike with three adrenaline-filled zip lines with the via ferrata (climbing route) experience. ABTAmag.com