Take a trip to Ras Al-Khaimah and discover a region steeped in archaeological heritage, with new sites being uncovered on a regular basis. The government has earmarked the best of these for preservation, and they are fast becoming popular attractions in their own right.
In 2013, several graves dating back to 2000 BC were uncovered and due to Ras Al-Khaimah’s sustained importance as a trading centre throughout the ages, other 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, an eerie ghost town established in the 14th century and abandoned in the late 1960s.
Along with fishing, pearl-diving was a hugely important part of life in Ras Al-Khaimah for centuries, and the city’s Pearl Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the trade’s role in the growth of the emirate’s fortunes. The museum is also home to the Miracle of Arabia, a stunning pearl that is 12mm in diameter.
The natural beauty of Ras Al-Khaimah is a huge draw for tourists. One of the best locations is Khatt, a mountain village to the south east of Ras Al-Khaimah city. It is surrounded by craggy peaks and is famous for its thermal springs. Visitors can visit Khatt to relax in hot, mineralised water, regionally famed for its ability to improve circulation and overall health.
Also worth your time is the National Museum of Ras Al-Khaimah. Housed in a former palace, it is full of exhibits detailing the country’s natural history, folk traditions and crafts.