10 things you should definitely see Ras al Khaimah and its surroundings
Besides a trip to the famous emirates Abu Dhabi or Dubai, holidays in Ras al Khaimah are also very popular. Whether excursions from Ras al Khaimah to Dubai, a detour into the breathtaking desert or a small day trip to Oman, Ras al Khaimah knows how to entertain its visitors. Discover the 10 most beautiful sights of the emirate:
1. Fjords Musandam
Ras al Khamiah and its fjords in Musandam are also called the Norway of Arabia. Here you will find a still completely untouched natural and cultural landscape. You start at a small fishing port and ride on a traditional dhow, passing small stone houses, white mountains and picturesque bays. Maybe you can even watch dolphins on your trip. For tours to Musandam you have to insert your passport, because you are crossing the border to Oman.
2. Old town of Ras al Khaimah
A visit to the old town of Ras al Khaimah could also be called a "look behind the scenes". Here you can still observe the original life of the locals and stroll through a traditional market. Taste through an incredible variety of spices and haggle for the souvenir for your friends back home. After your stroll through the city, be sure to visit the oldest residential area of Ras al Khaimah. Even though some houses have fallen victim to decay, most of them give a wonderful view of the traditional architecture, with magnificent decorations on the house facade.
3. Dhajah Fort
Dhayah Fort, located about 15 minutes by car north of Ras al Khaimah's city centre, is the last completely preserved fort in the Emirates, situated on a hilltop. In the 19th century, the walls of the fortress were built on older remains, the previous castle dating from the 16th century. What once served to defend the city and was the seat of the ruling family Al Qasimi can now be admired by tourists from all over the world. Because of its location, Dhayah Fort was also called the "gateway to the Emirates".
4. Yazir al Hamra
Jazirat al Hamra is also commonly known as the "ghost town". It is located about 20km from Ras al Khaimah and is definitely worth a visit. Here you can get a glimpse of the past and marvel at the traditional construction of the houses, made of a mixture of clay and coral. There are about 100 preserved buildings on the site that you can visit, including a mosque with high minarets. The "ghost town" offers you a wonderful backdrop for a souvenir photo.
5. Hajar Mountains
The Hadjar Mountains are located in the northern area of Ras al Khaimah and are one of the most impressive natural landscapes of the whole Emirates. The area is characterised by lush vegetation due to rainfall several times a year. A short excursion through the signposted hiking trails will certainly remain in your memory.
The village of Khatt, located about 25km southeast of Ras al Khaimah, offers visitors the opportunity to relax after a strenuous sightseeing tour. Three natural thermal springs, with temperatures of up to 40° C, rise from the soil of Khatt. These have been prepared for visitors for several years and have now become famous beyond the emirate. Several spa and wellness temples have settled around the springs. Pure relaxation.
7. Camel race track Al Sawan
One of the oldest camel racing tracks in the Emirates is located between the city of Ras al Khaimah and the airport. Camel races are a centuries-old tradition that not only inspires the locals. If you want to watch an exciting race, you should jump out of bed early, however, the races start in the early morning hours due to the midday heat.
8. Desert Tour
Let yourself be inspired by the magical world of sand and be carried through the dunes on the back of a desert ship. A trip into the desert, is an absolute must on the list of many attractions and activities in Ras al Khaimah and surroundings. The best way to spend a whole day in the desert and, when the sun disappears behind the sea of sand, take part in a traditional BBQ with dance and music.
9. Iceland Water Park
The entire Emirates, including Ras al Khaimah, have also adapted to the needs of younger guests. If you are travelling with the whole family and need some change from your long day at the beach, you should definitely visit Iceland Waterpark. Here you can experience a whole day full of action and fun, for example on the water slide "Mount Iceberg". The water park not only makes the hearts of children beat faster.
10. Dubai and Abu Dhabi
The metropolis of Dubai, with its landmark Burj Khalifa, is only about an hour's drive from Ras al Khaimah. The tour to Dubai and a visit to the world's tallest building is one of the most popular local activities. On a tour through Dubai you can expect pure luxury and pomp. From the Souks Dubai to the Burj al Arab and the impressive Fountain Show, one highlight follows the other in Dubai. A detour to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is also worthwhile. However, the drive to Abu Dhabi by car takes only two hours and Ras al Khaimah sights & activities
Travel tips for Ras al Khaimah
Best time to visit Ras al Khaimah
Ras al Khaimah is full of sunshine all year round, so that even if winter has already arrived in Germany, you can still enjoy an extensive swim in the warm water of the Persian Gulf. During the summer months it can sometimes be very hot. The best time for Ras al Khaimah is therefore from November to March. If you are planning trips to the other Emirates Dubai and Abu Dhabi, you can save a lot of waiting time in summer. Because then the attractions are not overcrowded and can be discovered in a relaxed manner.
How many days should you stay in Ras al Khaimah?
Ras al Khaimah is a more tranquil emirate, but even here you can explore a few sights, such as the National Museum or the ghost town of Jazirat al Hamra. For the attractions within the city walls, you should plan about two days. But Ras al Khaimah is also popular because of its short distance to the other emirates. You can get to Dubai in about an hour, so nothing stands in the way of a day trip to the metropolis. For tours to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and a day in the desert we recommend to plan another three days.
The most beautiful view over Ras al Khaimah
When the red sun disappears between the mountains of sand, you will experience a view that will take you into a world of 1001 nights. However, a sunset in the desert not only marks the end of a beautiful day and the end of the heat, but also provides the starting signal for lively dances around the campfire and the enjoyment of a water pipe under the stars. Only when the moon appears in the sky does cultural life in the desert begin. On such an excursion you should definitely have a sweater in your luggage, because in the desert it sometimes gets very cold at night.
The most beautiful shopping mile
The Emirates are primarily known for their luxury and pompous shopping malls. In Ras al Khaimah, however, a slightly different picture awaits you. Since tourism has arrived here, but the city is far from being littered with skyscrapers, as is the case in Dubai, you can still stroll through an almost untouched old town and join the hustle and bustle of the small fishermen's markets. And the best thing is that in Ras al Khaimah the price-performance ratio is still unbeatable.
Clothing in Ras al Khaimah: What do I wear?
As it can get very hot in Ras al Khaimah even in the winter months, you should wear light clothes and do not forget your bathing suit for a trip to the beach. You do not have to do without your European clothes here. Only on the public beaches you should check the dress code in advance. Women should nevertheless observe a special dress code: Shoulders and knees should remain covered in most public places and provocative clothing should be avoided in Ras al Khaimah.
Code of Conduct
As in all Emirates, some important aspects of behavioral etiquette must be considered in Ras al Khaimah: - Drinking alcohol in public is prohibited. - Homosexuality is forbidden in Ras al Khaimah, just like illegitimate sexual intercourse. - During Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking in public is prohibited and is also punishable for non-Muslims. Short clothing should also be avoided. - Women should avoid clothes like hot pants and off-the-shoulder tops altogether.