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Ras Al Khaimah holidays are about guaranteed sun, luxury accommodation, great meals, and golden sands beside calm seas. But, if you want to fully explore this historic and fascinating Emirate, you’ll find plenty more things to do.

Known as the Pirate Coast during the 18th Century, Ras Al Khaimah’s shores are lined with shipwrecks which now make great dive sites. You can scuba dive or snorkel among sea turtles, rays and all sorts of other marine life. Ras Al Khaimah also loves to shop, so traditional souks sit beside modern malls throughout the Emirate.

Over 7,000 years of history and culture is waiting to be discovered in Ras Al Khaimah. You can explore ancient treasures in the chambers and corridors of the old fort which now houses the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. Uncover the secrets of pearl farming at Suwaidi Pearls, the centuries-old family business which still uses many of the same techniques today as it did many generations ago. And gaze out across palm gardens from the hilltop perch of Dhayah Fort – the only structure of its kind still in standing in the UAE today – and admiretake in panoramic views of the emirate below.

Seeing the Jebel Jais mountain range should also be on your list of things to do in Ras Al Khaimah. You can hike breathtaking trails, traverse the UAE’s highest sky bridge and look out from the 1,250-metre-high viewing deck. Zoom along the longest zip-line in the world, reaching speeds of up to 100mph. Or drive out to the surrounding deserts and experience the thrill of dune-bashing in a 4x4, before sitting down to a sumptuous barbecue under the stars at a traditional Bedouin camp.

With so much to do every day and night of your trip, you’ll find there’s much more to Ras Al Khaimah than sun, sea and sand.

History & culture

Mountain adventures

Desert activities

Best time to go to Ras Al Khaimah

History & culture

Having been inhabited by people for more than 7,000 years, Ras Al Khaimah has swathes of history and fascinating culture. Dhayah Fort, the only hilltop fort remaining in the UAE, is just 20 minutes’ from the Emirate’s centre and offers a window into the past, alongside stunning panoramic views. The 19th-century fort is surrounded by palm gardens, tucked between Ras Al Khaimah’s mountains and the Arabian Gulf.

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On the coast nearby, you’ll find Suwaidi Pearls – a pearl farm in the ancient fishing village of Al Rams. Here, you can learn about centuries of tradition at one of the first pearl farms in the world, and see the techniques which have been handed down through generations, and are still in use today. And, in the heart of the city, inside a disused fort which housed the ruling classes until the Sixties, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah has millennia of history on display.

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Mountain adventures

At 1,934 metres above sea level and 70 million years old, the Jebel Jais Mountains dominate the horizon, beyond the luxury hotels and deserts. In this northernmost Emirate, mountains aren’t just scenery – they’re adventure playgrounds. So it’s hardly surprising that some of the best things to do in Ras Al Khaimah are in the great outdoors.

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Jebel Jais Adventure Park offers activities for all, from its high ropes and climbing course, to zip-lines and the UAE’s highest sky bridge, which is more than 1,000 metres above ground. If you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground, Jebel Jais has dozens of hiking trails and panoramic views from a 1,200-metre viewing park. Alternatively, adrenaline-seekers can strap themselves into Jais Flight, the world’s longest zip-line. You’ll reach speeds of up to 100mph as you zoom along for nearly two miles, flying through the sky above the dusty landscape.

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Desert activities

The sands surrounding the United Arab Emirates have sustained life and communities for millennia, so no visit to Ras Al Khaimah would be complete without taking some time to explore this incredible landscape. Desert safaris give you the chance to ride the natural rollercoaster formed by giant dunes, near the city. Climb into a specially-designed four-wheel-drive vehicle and feel the thrill of dune-bashing.

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Afterwards, why not enjoy refreshing sundowners during a visit to a traditional Bedouin camp? You can enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars during this cultural evening, along with live entertainment and camel rides await. Overnight camping is also available, if you truly want to immerse yourself in the desert. Bird-lovers should also make sure to watch a falconry display – an ancient tradition, which has been part of Ras Al Khaimah’s culture for generations.

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Best time to go to Ras Al Khaimah

With year-round sun, there’s never a bad time to go to Ras Al Khaimah – simply choose your preferred temperature and time your trip accordingly

December to February are the coolest months, with temperatures dropping as low as 15°C and rarely moving higher than 25°C. November to March is a popular time to travel, when the comfortable temperatures are ideal for spending time outside.

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February is technically the wettest month but, with an average of just 36mm of rainfall, it’s unlikely you’ll see a single drop.

July and August are the hottest months, when the mercury hovers between 30°C and 45°C. But these toasty temperatures mean you’ll often find great deals – and it coincides with the British school summer holidays.

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History & culture

History & culture

Having been inhabited by people for more than 7,000 years, Ras Al Khaimah has swathes of history and fascinating culture. Dhayah Fort, the only hilltop fort remaining in the UAE, is just 20 minutes’ from the Emirate’s centre and offers a window into the past, alongside stunning panoramic views. The 19th-century fort is surrounded by palm gardens, tucked between Ras Al Khaimah’s mountains and the Arabian Gulf.

Show More
Show Less

On the coast nearby, you’ll find Suwaidi Pearls – a pearl farm in the ancient fishing village of Al Rams. Here, you can learn about centuries of tradition at one of the first pearl farms in the world, and see the techniques which have been handed down through generations, and are still in use today. And, in the heart of the city, inside a disused fort which housed the ruling classes until the Sixties, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah has millennia of history on display.

Show More
Show Less

Mountain adventures

Mountain adventures

At 1,934 metres above sea level and 70 million years old, the Jebel Jais Mountains dominate the horizon, beyond the luxury hotels and deserts. In this northernmost Emirate, mountains aren’t just scenery – they’re adventure playgrounds. So it’s hardly surprising that some of the best things to do in Ras Al Khaimah are in the great outdoors.

Show More
Show Less

Jebel Jais Adventure Park offers activities for all, from its high ropes and climbing course, to zip-lines and the UAE’s highest sky bridge, which is more than 1,000 metres above ground. If you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground, Jebel Jais has dozens of hiking trails and panoramic views from a 1,200-metre viewing park. Alternatively, adrenaline-seekers can strap themselves into Jais Flight, the world’s longest zip-line. You’ll reach speeds of up to 100mph as you zoom along for nearly two miles, flying through the sky above the dusty landscape.

Show More
Show Less

Desert activities

Desert activities

The sands surrounding the United Arab Emirates have sustained life and communities for millennia, so no visit to Ras Al Khaimah would be complete without taking some time to explore this incredible landscape. Desert safaris give you the chance to ride the natural rollercoaster formed by giant dunes, near the city. Climb into a specially-designed four-wheel-drive vehicle and feel the thrill of dune-bashing.

Show More
Show Less

Afterwards, why not enjoy refreshing sundowners during a visit to a traditional Bedouin camp? You can enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars during this cultural evening, along with live entertainment and camel rides await. Overnight camping is also available, if you truly want to immerse yourself in the desert. Bird-lovers should also make sure to watch a falconry display – an ancient tradition, which has been part of Ras Al Khaimah’s culture for generations.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go to Ras Al Khaimah

Best time to go to Ras Al Khaimah

With year-round sun, there’s never a bad time to go to Ras Al Khaimah – simply choose your preferred temperature and time your trip accordingly

December to February are the coolest months, with temperatures dropping as low as 15°C and rarely moving higher than 25°C. November to March is a popular time to travel, when the comfortable temperatures are ideal for spending time outside.

Show More
Show Less

February is technically the wettest month but, with an average of just 36mm of rainfall, it’s unlikely you’ll see a single drop.

July and August are the hottest months, when the mercury hovers between 30°C and 45°C. But these toasty temperatures mean you’ll often find great deals – and it coincides with the British school summer holidays.

Show More
Show Less

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