Ras Al Khaimah isn’t one other United Arab Emirates purchasing vacation spot, says Iyad Rasbey of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Growth Authority, who was in Joburg, Cape City and Durban to lure vacationers to the state.
It does have conventional souks and native markets (and a few marble malls), but additionally a complete lot of its personal magic to supply, with mountains, desert dunes and 64km of shoreline fringed by a turquoise sea.
‘We’re the one Emirate to have all three tribes – we’ve got the mountain folks, the desert folks and the ocean folks,’ Rasbey says.
And the ocean folks embody the legendary pearl divers on the Purple Island.
You possibly can be a part of them on the boat and dive to your personal oysters; perhaps you’ll discover a pearl.
Historical past and tradition
Rasbey talks of Ras Al Khaimah’s 7,000-year-old historical past, traditions and tradition. There’s Al Dhayah Fort, cemeteries relationship again to prehistory, in addition to a palace relationship from 1600 to 2000 BC, and different websites relationship again to the Late Bronze Age (1600 to 1300 BC) and the Center Islamic Period (thirteenth to sixteenth century AD).
It additionally has year-round sunshine, pristine seashores and the untamed Al Hajar Mountains, with the UAE’s highest mountain peak – Jebel Jais.
You can too tick off lush mangrove bushes and fertile, inexperienced oases.
Jebel Jais is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. On the Jais Journey Park, there’s the Jais Viewing Deck Park; the Jais Flight, at 2.83km the world’s longest zipline; Jais Sky Tour, a sequence of seven (shorter) ziplines stretching for 5km; Jais Wings, a paragliding outing; and Jais Sledder, the area’s longest toboggan experience.
Getting hungry? Cease off on the highest restaurant within the UAE – 1484 by Puro – and eat with a view, at 1,484m excessive.
Bear Grylls excessive
And if that’s nonetheless not sufficient, there’s the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp – join hands-on sensible coaching in excessive survival methods. Its 16 recycled and sustainable cabins are the primary branded Bear Grylls lodging on this planet.
Don’t overlook to go dune bashing, climbing and visiting the wild oryxes at Al Wadi Nature Reserve.
Pencil within the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, on 18 February 2023. Registration is already open.
RAK is a vacation spot within the 1000 Miglia Expertise UAE, on 4–8 December: 100 groups will go away the Dubai beginning line on an epic journey protecting all of the Emirates on a difficult 1,600km street course.
But when historical past and journey aren’t your bag, there’s myriad lodges and resorts to select from the place you may calm down and play.
The beachfront lodges vary from ultra-luxurious to family-friendly, and there are additionally metropolis centre properties for a bit extra of a buzz. You possibly can even go glamping at Banan Seashore on Al Marjan Island, a artifical vacation spot off the coast.
Ras al Khaimah is the northernmost of the seven Emirates – the fourth largest – bordered by Oman and simply 45 minutes from Dubai Airport. And is house to a small inhabitants of about 400,000. Nearly 1.5 million travellers visited in 2021, and there are bold plans to double this quantity by 2030.
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