Ras Al Khaimah is considered one of the most diverse Emirates; offering everything from outdoor adventure opportunities to some of the best luxury hotels in the region. It was the first city and Emirate in the world to receive the prestigious ‘Safeguard Assurance’ Label from Bureau Veritas, a leader in testing and inspection services and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp. Moreover, Ras Al Khaimah has once again been named the Gulf Tourism Capital for 2021 by the Gulf Cooperation Council on account of being the most sustainable tourist destination.
On this occasion, we look at the most exciting things to do in the mountain paradise this winter.
Explore the ghost town of Jazirat Al Hamra
Just south of Ras Al Khaimah lie the fascinating ruins of Jazirat Al Hamra. The abandoned village has remained almost untouched since its inhabitants left in 1968, making it a permanent monument of a time gone by. Having constituted of inhabitants continuously from the 16th century until about 40 years ago, schools, mosques and forts still remain. It makes for a perfect day trip for those who love a good historical journey.
Have an adventure in Jebel Jais
Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah lies at 1,934 metres above sea level, and is the highest peak in the UAE. From the top, one can see one of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets – each attracting hikers and thrill seekers alike. The 35 km long road to the top of the hill features eight hairpins and multiple corners, making it one of the most picturesque routes in the world. It is also home to the world’s longest zipline which attracts adventure enthusiasts from across the globe.
Enjoy a meal at the highest restaurant in the UAE
At 1484 meters above sea-level, Puro is the highest restaurant in the UAE – and incidentally is also the reason for its name. Offering breathtaking views of the valley and an open-air terrace overlooking the highest peak in Ras Al Khaimah – the restaurant is a hidden gem. Head on over for a breakfast above the clouds or a good old cup of coffee.
Check out an 18th-century fort
If history is your thing, head over to the hill-top fort of Dhayah – a beautiful 19th-century monument that was the last bastion of local resistance to the British forces in 1819. The fort was restored in the early 1990s and offers a scenic view of the mountains it is surrounded by.
Have a lazy staycation at the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah
If you’re after pure five-star luxury in the heart of the desert – where social distancing is not an issue – The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert is the one to book. As an all-villa resort, located in a 500 hectare picturesque nature reserve, it offers a mini-holiday feel without contending with international borders. There are plenty of activities to choose from — horse riding, fishing, archery, stargazing and more. Prices for Al Rimal Villa with a private pool start from AED 3,207.
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