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Ras Al Khaimah will take you on a journey of discovery. Delve into the rich tapestry of its more than seven millennia of history and discover ancient forts and ruins. Explore cloud-piercing mountains and their many adventurous trails, adrenaline-pumping activities, spectacular dining and endless nature.
Ras Al Khaimah is like no other Emirate. It’s the juxtaposition between ancient culture, rugged nature and breathtaking hospitality. Beautifully appointed hotels and resorts stand proud on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, nestled in the crimson folds of the desert dunes or the bustling city centre. Lavish hotels with five-star service enhance the world-famed Emirati welcome.
Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais – the highest mountain in the UAE, is home to the world’s longest zipline a bucket list attract...Learn More
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Ras Al Khaimah has become one of the most sought-after destinations in the Middle East. Locally, it is fondly known as the Pearl of the Emirates and is internationally renowned for its inspiring history and nature. Travellers to Ras Al Khaimah can choose from serene-spa-luxury to knee-trembling-adrenaline-adventures and anything in between.
You’ll find endless treasures as you explore the Emirate. Fall in love with the history of the north and unravel seven millennia of tales, poetry and craftmanship. Ras Al Khaimah will take your breath away as you learn about the Bedouin culture, heartwarming stories, and the Islamic traditions. The Emirate combines the past and the future and demonstrates the best of both worlds.
Jazirah Al Hamra is the oldest pearl diving and fishing village in the region, where you’ll see the impressive architecture of a traditionally built wind tower barjeel, the ventilation and cooling system formerly used in traditional houses in the United Arab Emirates. Each building in the village was constructed using local materials such as coral blocks, fossilised beach rock, mangrove tree beams, date palm trunks, roofing, matting and ropes and layers of seashells for drainage. The village is on the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Tentative List, representing thousands of years of classic architecture and town planning in the Middle East.
Emirati’s are proud of their heritage and show extraordinary hospitality, family cohesion, tolerance and solidarity towards each other and their visitors. Ras Al Khaimah Government and the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority work hard to preserve the heritage of its people. They ensure the rich history is kept alive through customary events and festivals, museums, landmarks, mosques, and UNESCO areas of interest.
Across the Emirate, visitors can experience impressive nature. The Al Wadi Equestrian Centre at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah is home to purebred Arabian horses, a symbol of pride and nobility. Ras Al Khaimah’s love for the Arabian horse goes back centuries with the Bedouins and their equestrian talent. Arabian horses are celebrated in poetry, immortalised in myth, recorded in religious books and famed for their endurance, strength and loyalty.
The Arabian oryx was almost extinct in the early 1970s, but owing to a successful breeding programme, the medium-sized desert antelope, also known as W’Dhehi, roams freely around the nature reserve. The oryx is primarily white and has dark triangular facial features and leg markings. Their impressive long, straight horns make them easily identifiable.
As you’d expect in rolling desert lands, there are plenty of camels. They have been at the centre of life in the UAE for centuries and played essential role in transportation, food and entertainment. They symbolise Emirati cultural heritage and remain intrinsic to the country’s traditions and cultural practices.
The Arabian Gulf has always played an integral part in Emirati culture; pearl fishing has been revered as one of the UAE’s treasured traditions. The Suwaidi Pearl Farm in Al Rams introduces you to the history of traditional pearl fishing techniques and the importance of the surrounding shallow bays and protective mangroves.
Ecologically diverse mangroves verdantly meander along the coastline of the Emirate. They are home to varied birdlife, including the pinkest flamingoes and the booted warbler. The Arabian Gulf provides solace for over 700 fish species, the majority of which live in rocky reefs. Although not a common sight, whales, dolphins and dugongs are seen occasionally in the tranquil waters.
Modern-day Ras Al Khaimah is known for its firsts. The Emirate successfully appears in the Guinness Book of World Records multiple times for its record achievements, including the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’. If that wasn’t enough, the Emirate also boasts the ‘World’s Longest Zipline’ that allows thrill-seekers to soar from the highest mountain in the UAE. The ride lasts for approximately three minutes and reaches speeds of 150 kmph.
Ras Al Khaimah is a diverse Emirate and sees almost 200 nationalities living and working in its various communities. Excitingly, all these nationalities mean a smörgåsbord of delicious culinary offerings and shopping experiences. Explore cuisine in the souqs, hidden cafés and luxury hotels and shop in one of the many vibrant malls that you can find across the city. Discover everything from quirky Turkish ice cream makers and takeaway cuisine to international chefs in five star-rated hotels.
Hotels are in all directions. The impressive luxury Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah stands magnificently in the pretty village of Al Hamra, the Cove Rotana Resort has apartment-style rooms dotted around tranquil lagoons, and the two Ritz Carlton resorts boast desert or island landscapes.
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