In the Northeastern helm of the United Arab Emirates lies the hidden wonder, the beautiful Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah. RAK, a more common abbreviation used by the locals for this majestic land of wonders. The Emirates lies close to the Strait of Hormuz which is a major trade route bringing in goods to the Persian Gulf. However, this has not been able to tarnish the serenity and tranquillity the region offers. Below is an interesting read on the list of the most popular things to do In Ras Al Khaimah.
Things To Do In Ras Al Khaimah – 10+
Hiking At Wadi Shawka
One of the most exciting and enthralling things to do in Ras Al Khaimah is to embark on a hiking trip at Wadi Shawka. The Arabic term “Wadi” refers to a valley, ravine or channel that remains dry except in the rainy season. As you venture into the Wadi you will be greeted with an excellent view of the region with fresh air filling up your lungs. The serene and quaint atmosphere of Wadi Shawka is something that makes a trip to this location worthwhile.
Location: Ras Al Khaimah
Price: No Charges
Bedouin Style Camping
Bedouins were the early nomadic settlers who mapped the sandy terrain of the Arabian plateau and made Arabia their home. The nomads were comfortable with the desert way of life and came up with creative ways of adapting to its harsh climates. One such example was the setting up of makeshift camps and tents, which later became popular as the Bedouin camps. One can experience this unique style of camping in Ras Al Khaimah and get a glimpse of how it was in the good old days.
Location: Bedouin Oasis Camo Rd, Ras al Khaimah
Price: AED 500 for 2
Go Diving At Al Jazeera
The next activity on the list of things to do in Ras Al Khaimah brings us to the coastal location of Al Jazeera. Ras Al Khaimah is one of the few Emirates popular for its rich coastal stretch, making it an idle site for diving enthusiasts. The Al Jazeera Diving & Swimming Center is a popular establishment that arranges these dives, off the coast of Al Jazeera port. However, it is imperative that one owns a PADI or C-card license for diving before embarking on this aquamarine adventure. One may acquire the said licences at this particular teaching centre as well.
Location: Near Al Jazeera Port, Behind Iceland, Ras al Khaimah
Price: PADI-certified course starting from AED 1,785/-
Go For A Toboggan Ride
A toboggan is traditionally a sledge often seen in the snowy parts of the world being used for fun or travel. However, the one that you would find in Ras Al Khaimah’s, Jebel Jais is a ride that comes with a unique twist. The Jais Sledder is a unique combination of a toboggan and a roller coaster in one. This is one of the most adrenaline-pumping things to do in Ras Al Khaimah and we guarantee the thrill with panoramic views of the Hajar Mountains ranges.
Location: Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
Price: AED 45 (for 1 ride) / AED 100 (for 3 rides) – Closed on Monday
Soar The Skies Of Jebel Jais
Jebel Jais is one of the more beautifully crafted gifts of nature one may find in the laps of Ras Al Khaimah. It is one of those places in the UAE which offers unique and thrilling adventure opportunities for all ages. One of the exciting and mind-boggling things to do in Ras Al Khaimah is mounting or dangling on the world’s longest zipline. While soaring through UAE’s highest mountain range at an elevation of 1,934 meters above sea level. The zipline whizzes you past picturesque mountains and hairpin bends covering distances of 5Kms across six different ziplines.
Location: Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
Price: October to March – Wednesday to Thursday AED 280 / Friday to Sunday AED 350
April, May, September – Wednesday to Thursday AED 260 / Friday to Sunday AED 315
Explore A Deserted “Ghost” Village
The next hair-raising thing to do in Ras Al Khaimah is to plan a visit to the stranded pearling village of Al Jazirat Al Hamra. The village remains in its current state of abandonment since 1968 when the last of the settlements were seen leaving. The eerie-looking ghost village is sure to test your mettle for dealing with the paranormal. Without any of the said presence ever being recorded here. Planning a visit to this quaint village is not for the faint of heart so do plan a group tour if possible.
Location: Al Jazirat Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah
Price: No charges
A Rainforest Experience In The Desert
Ras Al Khaimah is a unique land of many wonders and several establishments offering unique ways to unwind. One such out-of-the-box things to do in Ras Al Khaimah includes a trip to the spa at the iconic and ultra-luxurious Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. The premium lodging facility is home to one of the best spas in all of the Emirates. The spa offers 16 different stations including a rain shower, hammam, herbal sauna, ice igloo and much more. This is the perfect spot to relax after a long day of exploring the many unique things to do in Ras Al Khaimah.
Location: Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah
Price: AED 150 (60 minutes of experience) / AED 250 (120 minutes of experience) / AED 350 (150 minutes of experience)
Traverse Through The Hajar Mountains
One of the highest and majestic mountains in UAE are the Hajar mountain ranges that lie in the Northeastern helm of RAK. These mighty giants offer some of the most exclusive adventure activities in the UAE that attract experienced and adventure-oriented enthusiasts. Some of these include activities like kayaking, canyoneering, hiking, abseiling and many more. The Hajar mountains offer a panoramic view of the Arabian horizon. In tandem with the peace and serenity that the region has on offer.
Location: Northeastern UAE
Price: Only the activities attract charges
Revisit History At The National Museum
For all lovers of history and archaeology, the National Museum of RAK is the next best thing to do in RAK. The museum of history is home to several artefacts and relics. Which speak of the rich cultural heritage that the nation has to offer. The museum was once the official residence of the ruling royal family until 1967. Post that, it became the Police headquarters and then a prison before being ordained as a museum in 1987. Several of the rooms in the museum are open to the general public for a walk into the historical significance of art and culture in the Arabic way of life.
Location: Al Hisn Rd, RAK City, Old Ras Al Khaimah
Price: AED 5 (for adults) & AED 2 (for kids)
Explore Treasure At The Suwaidi Farm
Emirates has had a long history of locals farming pearls off the coast of the Persian Gulf. This unique tradition of pearl farming to this day holds a special significance in the history of the region. When in RAK, one may delve deeper into the history of this unique tradition. And how this almost lost tradition has come back to life at the Suwaidi Farm. The farm is in Al Rams village, which lies at the feet of the Hajar mountain ranges. Once you’re done with the tour you may relish a local Emirati meal and explore the village of Al Rams.
Location: Al Rams, Ras Al Khaimah
Price: AED 335 (adults – tour with lunch) / AED 250 (adults – farm tour only)
AED 125 (nine-12 years) / AED 50 (five-eight years)
Take A Survival Bootcamp (the Bear Grylls way)
The next on the list of exciting things to do in Ras Al Khaimah brings us to a survival camp in Jebel Jais. The camp is popular as the ‘Bear Grylls Camp’. After the famous British adventurer Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls from the tv series ‘Man vs Wild’. The camp is run by survival experts from the UK and includes several survival drills. Some of them include activities like making a fire in the wild, ways to use a survival knife, weather survival and much more. The camp also has a special surprise, because you never know what you may encounter in the wild.
Location: Jebel Jais
Price: AED 450
To sum it up, there are a host of activities to choose from a list of things to do in Ras Al Khaimah. It all trickles down to your interest and passion for what kind of adventure you’re looking forward to. These activities can be taken up solo, with someone you’re trying to woo over or even with family and friends. No matter the occasion or the surprise you want in your life, RAK has it all. So, plan your next staycation with some of the exclusive deals with Travelwings and embark on your next big adventure.