7 Things to do in Ras Al Khaimah

by Travelbag on 28 June 2016, 10:06AM

Ras Al Khaimah is well known for its beautiful beaches and luxury hotels, but that’s only a small part of the region.

Read on to discover what to do in Ras Al Khaimah, and plan your Arabian adventure.

1.  Ras Al Khaimah National Museum

Ras Al Khaimah National Museum

If you’d like to learn all about Ras Al Khaimah’s rich cultural history, a visit to the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum is a must.

The museum features many historical and rare artifacts that take you back in time to the wonders of ancient UAE.

If you want to learn more about the rulers of Ras Al Khaimah, head up to the first floor. Here you’ll find some ancient documents and manuscripts, detailing what life was like at the time for the upper classes in ancient times. 

There’s also a selection of fascinating weapons on display, that once belonged to the ruling family.

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm

The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

2.  Iceland Water Park

Iceland Water Park

If you’re jetting off on a family holiday to Ras Al Khaimah, a visit to the Iceland Water Park is a must.

Here you’ll enter a winter wonderland of thrilling rides, colourful characters and hilarious entertainment, all while soaking up the glorious Middle Eastern sunshine.

If you don’t scare easily, try the mighty Penguin Falls. Here you’ll be subject to all the elements including snowstorms, thunderstorms, typhoons and blizzards - all while whizzing down the water slides at crazy speeds!

If it’s a more relaxing experience you’re after, head over to Eddy Pond. Here you’ll be able to lay back in an inflatable, while bobbing along the top of the water - bliss!

Opening hours: 9:30am - 10pm

3.  Dhayah Fort

Dhayah Fort

If you’d like to explore Ras Al Khaimah’s captivating history during your stay, visit Dhayah Fort. This ancient fort was built in the 16th century, and has played an important part in the history of Ras Al Khaimah.

A lot of Dhayah Fort was destroyed during a battle with the British in the 19th century. However, it’s worth visiting the ruins for the spectacular views. As Dhayah Fort was built upon a mountain, visitors here can enjoy 360 degree views of the breathtaking scenery that surrounds it.

4.  Khatt Springs

Khatt Springs

Khatt Springs is the perfect place to relax during your stay in Ras Al Khaimah. It’s right in the middle of the mountains, and is full of mineral-rich hot pools. The water in these pools is known for its relaxing, therapeutic and health benefits.

There’s also 170 archaeological sites nearby, where archaeologists have uncovered some ancient and intriguing artifacts, giving us lots of clues into the UAE’s past.

5.  Ras Al Khaimah Pearl Museum

Ras Al Khamaih Pearl Museum

Before oil was discovered in the 1950s, the UAE’s economy relied on fishing and the pearl industry.

The Ras Al Khaimah Pearl Museum focuses on the importance of pearls in the country’s culture and economy. It’s a great place to see some intriguing artifacts like the ‘Miracle of Arabia’, which measures 12mm in diameter.

You can also learn all about the harsh life of pearl divers, as well as a insight into pre-oil UAE.

6.  Saqr Park

Saqr Park

Saqr Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the UAE. It’s free to enter, but there are various attractions inside that do cost money.

If you fancy doing a bit of sightseeing during your visit, why not take a ride on one of the trains that run through the park?

There’s also a variety of eateries at Saqr Park, making it the perfect lunch or dinner spot during your day out. The natural beauty of the surroundings make for the perfect picnic location too, so it could be worth packing some sandwiches!

7.  Jazirat Al Hamra Fishing Village

Jazirat Al Hamra Fishing Village

If you want to do some exploring during your visit to Ras Al Khaimah, take a look around the spooky but fascinating Jasirat Al Hamra fishing village.

Jasirat Al Hamra was an ordinary fishing village, before all of its residents packed up and left in 1969. The village is a haunting reminder of the past and remains a ghost town.

Over the years, and especially since oil was discovered, the cities of the UAE have built up around the village. Interestingly, Jazirat Al Hamra has remained the same - a haunting reminder of the pre-oil society.

Some of the village has been fenced off for safety reasons, but you can still peek inside the buildings and abandoned houses. 

Legend has it that Jazirat Al Hamra is one of the most haunted places in the world. Many locals would advise you to make your visit before the sun goes down. Some people have ignored this advice and visited at night, only to hear ghostly voices and see ghostly shadows.

 

If you fancy jetting off to the Middle East, but want to stay somewhere a little livelier than Ras Al Khaimah, take a look at our Dubai holidays.


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