Few people think of Ras Al Khaimah when thinking of holiday destinations but it’s certainly one to be looked at closely for glorious sun-soaked beaches, supremely comfortable hotels, a rich and vibrant cultural history and oasis’ with bubbling hot-springs. For adventurers and activity seekers the Terracotta Dessert offer opportunities for camping under the stars, dune bashing, mountain climbing, hoses riding and mountain biking and we mustn’t forget the thrill of the world longest zip-line flight across Jebel Jais mountains!
Just over an hour’s drive from Dubai airport this upcoming Emirate at is the northern tip of peninsular is the most important historically with numerous archaeological excavations charting evidence of continuous settlements dating back 3-millennia from pre-historic times to the 19th century brick fortifications. The Ras Al-Khaimah National Museum housed in an ancient fort, the home of the Quwasim royal family does an excellent job of explaining this long-reaching history brilliantly showcases the lifestyle of the Emeriti pearl divers and fishermen before the oil boom.
The 40 km coastline of gently sloping brilliant white sand is home of some of the regions smartest hotels at exceptional prices.
Hike, walk or trek the Hajar Mountains to explore tiny villages with superb bird-watching opportunities
The highest peak in the United Arab Emirates, Jebel Jais in the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah has become much easier to access in recent years thanks to the switchback road that twists and turns all the way up the mountainside.
At the top of the road, a series of landscaped terraces and viewing platforms offer up mountain vistas that roll right down to the sea, while those hankering to pair up their mountain scenery with an adrenaline buzz can opt to throw themselves off the peak on the world's longest zipline, which runs down the side of Jebel Jais for over two kilometres, reaching up to 120 kilometres per hour.
Best time to visit:
High season: November through to February are the busiest
Shoulder season: September through to April
Low season: May and June