UAE: the wonders of Ras Al Khaimah

Attractions in Ras Al Khaimah

Photo Sights of Ras Al Khaimah


Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost region of the country. This part of the UAE is significantly influenced by the khanjar mountains that approach the coast. Due to this geographical location Ras Al-Khaimah attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.

The results of archaeological excavations conducted by scientists have shown that these areas have been inhabited since the third century BC. Leave your reviews about your visit to the pearl of fishermen on UAEtours.

Quick Facts

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Ras Al-Khaim is considered to be the smallest emirate. It has a huge number of amazing features that have allowed the region to gain worldwide popularity and fame. Currently, the emirate is recognized as the tourist center of the country.

  • Interesting landscapes that cover an area of seven hundred square meters;
  • desert areas;
  • green oases with exotic plants.

Fans of sightseeing programs choose to vacation in Ras Al Khaimah in order to see with their own eyes the interesting natural and historical sights.

All the fertile plots are occupied by plantations, so guests of the emirate can walk through the fragrant fruit orchards.

Many tourists are interested in the coastal zone of the emirate, the length of which is about sixty thousand kilometers. The coastline of Ras Al Khaimah can be seen as a huge resort and entertainment center.

Due to the natural diversity of the landscape, guests of the peaceful emirate can spend their free time actively, combining various kinds of recreation and sightseeing. Here you can relax on the beach, get acquainted with the inhabitants of the sea depths (diving), walk in the desert, explore the local fauna and flora in the tropical forests, enjoy the natural beauty far from the bustling resort centers.

Ras Al-Khaimah has an ideal entertainment infrastructure. Here tourists can find absolutely everything that involves a varied and wholesome vacation:

  • modern water parks;
  • entertainment complexes;
  • shopping centers

Ras Al-Khaim has always distinguished itself from other emirates by its advantageous location. It was located at the intersection of major trade routes. Currently, for travelers the region is interesting with its numerous fashionable resorts and natural attractions. There are excellent Arabian markets in Ras Al-Khaimah. History buffs can explore a variety of archaeological areas.

Among the symbols of this corner of the UAE, we should mention the Khatt thermal therapeutic springs. It was around them that a modern health center was created, which has become a pilgrimage center for tourists. The area of Khatt has a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere, so the resort is loved by travelers who value peace and solitude.

Among the distinguishing features of Ras Al Khaimah is the choice of premium hotels.

  • Suitable for shopping is the central part of the emirate. This is where the major markets are located, as well as large shopping malls.
  • The Carrefour shopping complex (the first in the emirate) is popular with visitors. In its departments visitors can buy almost everything: from cosmetics to brand clothes and shoes. On the territory of the center are restaurants of Japanese, Italian, Chinese and Arabic cuisine. Many tourists prefer to eat in small outdoor cafes and market stalls selling pastries, kebabs and pizzas.
  • In recent years, the emirate has significantly changed the tourist infrastructure. Thanks to this modernization guests have access to the coast with all the necessary elements of the beach infrastructure, water parks, resort resorts, amusement parks. Tourists choose the emirate of Ras Al-Khaim, and the fact that it is much milder customs and laws, so rest is quieter and more comfortable.
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Interesting sights

Let us dwell on the most interesting sights that Ras Al-Khaim is justly proud of.

Ras Al-Khaimah Museum

Photo Museum in Ras Al Khaimah

The museum is located in the fortress, which used to be the residence of the ruling elite (until the second half of the twentieth century). The museum exhibits unique ethnological and archaeological artifacts.

The Qawasim Room, which is on the first floor of the museum, contains a collection of manuscripts, documents, treaties between the representatives of Great Britain and Ras Al-Khaimah.

There are samples of classical weapons, which once belonged to the ruling family. Archaeological finds are also of interest, confirming the magnitude of the history of the region. In the ethnographic section, guests can get an idea of traditional life in this Arab emirate:

  • architecture;
  • agriculture;
  • fishing;
  • the art of mother-of-pearl.

Ahmed Bin Majid Museum and Center

Photo Museum and Center of Ahmed Bin Majid

The sailor, nicknamed ‘The Lion of the Sea’ and born on this soil in the fifteenth century, is famous for being the navigator on Vasco da Gama’s expedition (which led to the discovery of the Indian Ocean by the great explorer).

Whether it was really such a historical fact, or Vasco da Gama simply studied the books of Ahmed bin Majid, no one dares to say. But the navigator’s impeccable command of local fairways, as well as a huge number of works on the management of sailing ships and the art of navigation, historians do not deny. The Arab was not only a master of map-reading, an expert in predicting the weather, but also a poet and a philosopher.

The expositions of the museum, devoted to Ahmed bin Majid, contain various ancient items of maritime subjects: Arabian national boats, diving equipment for pearls, paintings of seashells.

Dhaya Fort.

Photo Fort Dhaya

The fortress was built of mud brick in the sixteenth century. The site was erected on top of a hill located by the bay, intended to protect the region from attack by enemies (from the English army).

  • As a military defense tower Fort Dhaya played an essential role for the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The ruins of other defensive structures and watchtowers are to the south of the hill.
  • As a result of the 1891 battle between the British forces and the emirate, many of the defensive structures were substantially destroyed.
  • A visit to this site is of interest not only to history buffs, but also to those who dream of taking unique panoramic photographs. From the emirate to the fort is about twenty kilometers.
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Jazirat al-Hamra

photo Jazirat Al Hamra

The abandoned fishing village is near the city of Ras Al Khaimah. You can get here by the alley, taking beautiful pictures on the way.

Nowadays Jazirat Al-Hamra is a living reminder of the traditional architecture of the Arabs associated with the use of coral blocks. The site is a reminder of the life of the Arabs before the discovery of hydrocarbons in the country.

The inhabitants before the “oil boom” were engaged in fishing and diving in search of pearls. Due to the dry climate has managed to keep the old buildings, so tourists have the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of antiquity. From Ras Al Khaimah to the abandoned fishing village is only twenty kilometers.

Among the “exhibits” that are in the open air, of interest are:

  • An ancient mosque with an unusual minaret;
  • a military fort with impressive fortifications, unusual watchtowers;
  • quarters of residential small houses made of coral blocks.
  • eastern market

There are a considerable number of legends associated with the “ghost village.” According to one of them, there are still genies living in the abandoned houses. Even if you don’t see any of them, a fabulous experience is assured when you visit the unusual abandoned fishing village.

Jebel Jais

photo Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais is part of the Khanjar mountain range. It is the highest mountain in the country. Its summit is located at an altitude of almost two kilometers. Currently, tourists are available twenty-kilometer route to the top of the snake.

It involves moving around the entire flank of the mountain. On the way are equipped with several viewing platforms, from which travelers can enjoy the scenery and take pictures. The emirate’s government has the construction of a resort with modern sports facilities on top in the distant future. This natural attraction is an hour’s drive from Ras Al Khaimah (55 kilometers).

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Hat Springs .

Photo of Hat Springs

This area of the emirate is home to hot mineral pools. Their water has good therapeutic and relaxing properties. The resort is located in the center of an oasis with huge palm trees surrounded by mountains. Tourists and locals tend to come here precisely because of the therapeutic mineral pools.

After relaxing in one of the several pools, you can go to explore the surrounding area. There have been numerous archaeological excavations, which resulted in the discovery of nineteenth-century fortress towers and tombs from prehistoric times. Such objects are another evidence of the ancient human development of the emirate. The resort of Hat Springs is located twenty-six kilometers from Ras Al Khaimah (south-east).

Hajar Mountains.

Photo of Mount Hajar

Over the picturesque emirate of Ras Al Khaimah towers the mighty Hajar Mountains. We recommend you to set out to explore this natural wonders with at least a day to spare. What is the first thing that catches your eye? Sandy expanses with brown dunes, majestic mountains, small natural oases – all this deserves attention. Hajar is interesting for geologists, as it features rocks erupted from the oceanic crust.

Ras Al Khaimah Beach

Photo Ras Al Khaimah Beach

On the coastline of the small Arab emirate there are luxurious five-star resort complexes. Most of the resorts have private beaches where guests can sunbathe and take water procedures.

Ras Al Khaimah Beach is a paradise for fans of passive relaxation. Here, on the golden sand, there are all the elements of beach infrastructure, which are necessary for a harmonious and serene holiday:

  • modern loungers;
  • sun umbrellas;
  • cafes;
  • changing rooms;
  • toilets;
  • showers;
  • equipment rent for water sports

If you want, you can ride jet skis, rent a kayak or diving equipment.

Shimalsky Village

Photo Shimalski village

North of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (near the Hajar Mountains) is a small village Shimalski. Hundreds of tombs from the pre-Islamic period (dating from 2000-1300 BC) have been discovered on the site.

The area is rightly recognized as one of the most important archaeological sites in the UAE. It is here that history buffs flock to touch ancient history.

As part of the archaeological excavations have been discovered:

  • stone vessels;
  • ceramics;
  • copper and bronze weapons;
  • jewelry

Among the most important discoveries made in this area is a large circular tomb dating back to the Umm al-Nara period.

Higher up on the cliff is the Islamic era Fort Haus al-Shimal. It is from here that the views are beautiful. The village of Shimal is only twelve kilometers from the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

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Iceland Water Park

We recommend going here with the whole family on weekdays to enjoy the coolness. The water park has a variety of attractions, so it will be interesting for all members of the family. On weekends, it is too crowded, as in addition to the many tourists, the locals come here.

The Icelandic water park offers:

  • a variety of water slides;
  • a huge swimming pool;
  • small shallow “paddling pools” for small visitors;
  • an excellent eating area (food court).

Of course, this water park on the background of modern facilities in Dubai and other cities of the UAE, it seems old and abandoned. But also the price of the entrance ticket is significantly lower, so for tourists who prefer a budget holiday, a visit to the water park Ras Al Khaimah will be the best option.

Large water park Ice Land with the theme of “polar regions” offers guests: snow drifts, ice slides, penguins, polar bears. It creates a contrast to the exhausting heat that reigns outside the complex. There are no extreme types of rides here, but thanks to the variety of pools and slides, all visitors feel comfortable here.

Among the attractions offered at the water park:

  • “Penguin” – an unusual waterfall, the height of which is 37 meters, and its width reaches 164 meters (it is considered the largest artificial waterfall on the planet);
  • a huge swimming pool with an area of three thousand square meters;
  • a reservoir designed for underwater diving (study of fish and corals)
  • a soccer field and a game area;
  • a spa complex with relaxation areas, whirlpools, therapeutic massage;
  • area with sandpits, “paddling pool” for younger guests;
  • restaurants and cafes

Pearl Farm

Photo Pearl Farm

The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is the only place in the Middle East where pearls are grown to modern world standards. Local pearls reach 7-12 millimeters (Japanese specimens do not exceed 8 mm).

The farms for growing pearls on the territory of the emirate appeared not so long ago. In the past, the local divers (pearl fishers) used to catch mollusks from the seabed and put them in baskets made of palm leaves.

Tourists can find out more about how pearl farming appeared in the region in the museum opened at the farm. Not only tourists from abroad, but also UAE citizens come here to learn about modern pearl farming techniques, as well as to see the exhibits in the museum.

We advise you to make an individual tour program, depending on personal preferences. History buffs are advised to start in the region in the museums. Parents with children can go to the water park.

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Wadi B Canyon

Wadi B Canyon photo

Located in the Hajar Mountains, about a thousand meters from sea level. Many travelers compare Wadi B to the Grand Canyon of the Americas in size and beauty. The natural landmark is the pride not only of the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, but also of the whole country.

Currently, it is not fully developed, so the most curious travelers can look for traces of ancient civilizations, explore caves, look for treasures on their own. During the rainy season, walking in Wadi B canyon becomes dangerous (because of the streams of water rushing down at high speed).

On sunny days, we suggest that you make time for a hike or bike ride. The canyon is ideal for climbing, rock climbing, trekking, photo shoots. To make the trip comfortable and memorable, we advise to allocate a day for the tour, bring water, hat, and camera.

Where to stay in Ras Al-Khaimah

If you are going to the emirate for the first time, we recommend you book a room in one of the numerous hotels of the sixty-kilometer coastline. You can also find a hotel on an artificial island of Al Maryan, or stay in Al Hamra.

From the coast it is much more convenient to explore the historical and cultural attractions of Ras Al-Khaimah.

Jazira Al Hamra

Photos of Jazeera Al Hamra

Since the main points of interest are in a large area, we recommend using transportation to travel around Ras Al-Khaimah (constant walking would be too tiring).

Let us stop at a brief overview of the fashionable hotels of this emirate:

  1. Rixos Bab Al Bahr hotel is a five-minute drive from the Ice Land water park and the Al Hamra Mall shopping and entertainment complex. Located on Maryan Island. Its calling card is the pyramidal towers that control the large pools. About ten minutes away from the hotel is an ancient fishing village of Jazira Al Hamra.
  2. The spa complex Hilton Ras Al Khaimah is close to shopping, a golf course. The hotel has a small private beach with elements of infrastructure. Guests are offered excellent opportunities for proper rest and relaxation.
  3. There are several inexpensive hotels in the emirate. One of them is Al Hamra Village Golf & Beach Resort. There is a shopping center and playground within walking distance. Guests note the consistency of the level of service with prices. On the territory of the pool, a playground for children, a sandy beach.


On the territory of the emirate there are many interesting natural sites and cultural attractions, for the sake of which it is worth to go to this region. Read more on UAEtours.

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