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.
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. There are plenty of desert-safari tours available, through tour operators and hotels.
Ras Al-Khaimah is considerably more mountainous than neighbouring emirates and if you like physical challenges, then try the famous Stairway to Heaven mountain trail. While not a hike for the faint-hearted, the stunning views of the surrounding landscape from the top make the effort worthwhile.
Adventure lovers will get the rush of a lifetime soaring at hair-raising speeds across jagged mountain peaks and deep ravines on the world’s longest zipline, Jais Flight, extending for 2.83 km of zipline.
If you are visiting during December or January, then look out for the UAE Awafi Festival, a three-week event that celebrates the culture of the country and culminates in a dramatic sand-dune race between the best 4x4 drivers in the region.