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A key archaeological site in the rise of civilisation in the Middle East, Ras Al-Khaimah has been at the crossroads of trade and travel through the U.A.E for thousands of years. The city today is a thriving commercial centre for cutting-edge technology, as well as a significant tourist destination in the region, as anyone who travels to Ras Al-Khaimah will quickly discover.
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Take a trip to Ras Al-Khaimah and you’ll discover a country with a rich archaeological heritage that is constantly being uncovered. Many of the best sites are being preserved for the future, and are turning into considerable attractions in their own right. In 2013, a collection of graves dating back to 2000 B.C. were uncovered during the expansion of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road project, and due to its continued importance as a major trading centre throughout the ages, other similar sites from across the millennia are also being discovered.
There are also plenty of more recent attractions to tempt visitors, including the mysterious Jazirat Al Hamra Fishing Village and a strangely fascinating ghost village that was established in the 14th century.
Along with fishing, pearl diving was a hugely important part of life in Ras Al-Khaimah for centuries, and the city’s Pearls Museum gives visitors a glimpse into its role in the growth of the country’s fortunes. It’s also home to the ‘Miracle of Arabia,’ a stunning pearl that measures 12 millimetres in diameter.
The natural beauty of the country is a big draw for tourists. One of the best locations is Khatt, a village that is surrounded by towering mountains and is famous for its thermal springs. Visitors can visit Khatt to relax in hot mineralised water that is said to be improve circulation and overall health.
The National Museum of Ras Al-Khaimah, which is housed in a former palace, is full of exhibits detailing the country’s natural history, folk traditions and crafts.
The last thing you would expect to find in a country known for its magnificent desert landscape is a polar-themed water park! But the Ice Land Water Park is a great spot for families to cool off, especially during the weekend.
If you want to capture the romance of the desert, then a trip to a recreated Bedouin camp, complete with camel rides and entertainment, will do the trick.
If you like physical challenges, then you could attempt to climb the famous ‘Stairway To Heaven’ mountain trail. While definitely not a hike for the faint hearted, the stunning views of the surrounding landscape from the top of the cliff are well worth the effort.
If you’re visiting during December or January, then look out for the U.A.E Awafi Festival, a three-week event that celebrates the culture of the country and climaxes with a battle of the dune buggies in a dramatic sand dune race between the best 4x4 drivers in the region.
Because of the boom in tourism and the number of people travelling to Ras Al-Khaimah from around the world, a variety of quality-service restaurants that offer a range of local and international cuisine are available throughout the city.
Look out for restaurants specialising in the local seafood, as the ingredients used are deliciously fresh, prepared with special spices and served with a selection of mezze.
International food is also popular, particularly Indian and Italian cuisine.
Retail therapy lovers who travel to Ras Al-Khaimah are well-catered for, with exclusive boutiques and large, air-conditioned malls that offer a rich selection of luxury goods.
The RAK Mall is spacious and has a range of outlets selling everything from jewellery to leather goods and high-end labels.
For a more authentic experience, head to the busy markets on Ras Al Khaimah’s creek, that offer a wide variety of traditional handicrafts, fish, spices, and more.
Flights to Ras Al-Khaimah arrive at Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Ras Al-Khaimah, please click here to check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type G
Language: Arabic / English
International dialing code: +971