6 Jun

Top five things to do in Ras Al Khaimah

The northern-most emirate offers a wide range of experiences to its residents as well as visitors. What makes Ras Al Khaimah unique is the fact that it is home to harmoniously coexisting mountains, desert and beaches. Such geographical composition, with rich flora and fauna, history and vibrant culture, contributes to the long list of things to do in Ras Al Khaimah.

Whether you are visiting the emirate just for a day or an entire weekend, there is plenty to see and do for adrenaline junkies, nature lovers and history buffs. Here are some of the top Ras Al Khaimah attractions:

  1. Get adventurous with sports

    Jetski, water sports, RAK adventure

    Land, air and water are at your disposal when it comes to adventure sports in Ras Al Khaimah.

    • Water

      If you are a water baby, you can try out scuba diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, flyboarding canyoning, rappelling, kayaking and parasailing.

    • Air

      Add paragliding to your wish list and feel the breeze blow your worries away as you glide above the scenic Ras Al Khaimah. You can also do so by riding a hot air balloon or Jazirah Aviation Club’s Gyrocopter.

    • Land

      If you neither want to risk being under water nor up in the sky, you can still get your share of thrill from desert safaris, camping on the mountains and trekking in the beautiful Wadi Shawka or Sheri Village, among many other spots with trails.

  2. Experience Jebel Jais

    RAK Zipline, Jebel Jais, UAE mountain

    A part of the Hajar mountain range, the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais provides the best sunrise and sunset views and much more. Its main highlight Jais Flight – the world’s longest zipline spanning 2.83 kilometers – is also one of the top Ras Al Khaimah attractions. Besides that, there are many other activities both individuals and families can enjoy:

    • Viewing deck

      Get a spectacular view of the desertscapes and rocky terrains from a large viewing deck up in the mountain.

    • Sky Tour

      Catch the emirate’s breathtaking landscape, ziplining along multiple platforms spread across five-kilometers.

    • Sky Maze

      Get past obstacles suspended 10 meters above the ground.

    • Picnic, camping and barbecuing

      Spend some cozy time, sharing barbeque and exchanging stories with family and friends amid nature.

    • Trekking

      The mountains have amazing, yet challenging, trails for hikers of all levels.

  3. Explore the rich history and culture

    Dhayah Fort, RAK history, RAK culture

    For those not keen on adventures, exploring the rich history and soaking in the vibrant culture are some of the things to do in Ras Al Khaimah. The emirate’s must-visit historical sites include:

    • National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

      The museum comprises centuries-old stories of the emirate’s ruling family.

    • Dhayah Fort

      Once a 19th century military tower, this ancient structure tells tales of the battle between the local tribe and the British colonisers.

    • Fortress Al Jazeera

      How would exploring a collection of abandoned houses in an ancient town make you feel? If you are up for spooks, this spot in Al Hamra is where you should head.

    • Shimal

      This rustic village is also an archaeological site, which comprises several tombs in circular shapes.

  4. Be amid nature

    Suwaidi Pearls

    Sometimes, all you need is to be surrounded by nature, which is also among the top Ras Al Khaimah attractions. You can visit the zoo and to catch a glimpse of some adorable and deadly creatures of the wild or simply sit on the sand and meditate under the night sky. However, you must not miss these places:

    • Suwaidi Pearls

      Plan a day trip to this pearl farm to indulge in exotic pearls and folklores of the Emirati fishing communities residing in Ras Al Khaimah.

    • Wadi Bih

      You can get there by road and camp out or join an electrifying running race along the rugged mountains. Racing events are quite frequent here.

    • Saqr Park

      This spacious community park is perfect for families to let lose. It offers numerous outdoor activity options for children as well as adults.

  5. Try other entertainment options

    Golf club, RAK golfing, corporate golf

    There are many other things to do in Ras Al Khaimah. Listed below are the top few:

    • Relax and rewind

      Pamper yourself with a spa session at one of the many international hotels and resorts in Ras Al Khaimah. Quite a few of them also offer yoga and Pilates at their health clubs. The emirate also has multiple glamping sites where you and your loved ones can catch up under the stars.

    • Shopping and cinema

      Simply being indoors during the summer months is also one of the many things to do in Ras Al Khaimah. This is where air-conditioned malls come to the rescue. The popular go-to hubs for shopaholics include Al Hamra Mall, Manar Mall, RAK Mall and Naeem Mall. Film enthusiasts, too, can pay a visit to most of these malls’ big screens to beat the heat.

    • Swimming

      Ras Al Khaimah’s long coastline, extending 64 kilometres, has several public and private beaches where you can go for a swim. You can even watch flamingos at one of the beaches.

    • RAK Shooting Club

      Make a day out of firing away clay pigeons, under professional supervision, to relieve stress.

    • Al Wadi Equestrian Center

      Enjoy the desert sunset riding on an elegant Arabian horse and say hello to fellow passersby such as gazelles and oryx.

    • Al Sawan Camel Race Track

      Catch a thrilling session of camel racing along a 10-kilometre track.

    • Fly Zone Trampoline Park

      This indoor sports complex is a great place to take a break from the scorching sun and engage in some out-of-the-box trampoline games with family and friends.

    • Fun City

      The place offers attractive games and fun rides for people of all ages.

    • Golf

      There are plenty of golf clubs in Ras Al Khaimah where you can play with your buddies and compete in tournaments too.


Get. Set. Go.

The list could go on. It is high time to stop contemplating that trip and start experiencing Ras Al Khaimah. Whether you visit alone or visit with friends; take your parents or take your kids, there is something for everyone. The emirate never disappoints its guests.

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