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48 hours in Ras Al Khaimah

With an area of 1700 km², Ras Al Khaimah is the smallest of the emirates. And certainly, one of the most misunderstood! And for good reason, Ras Al Khaimah has developed differently from the neighbouring emirate Dubai, preferring the protection of its heritage to the development of tourism. But those days are over! The emirate has wanted to share its treasures for several years now. Here are those not to be missed in 48 hours!

Ras Al Khaimah promises two days of relaxation and a change of scenery. For if the emirate counts some towers, it is especially famous for the variety of its landscapes. Paradise beaches, desert expanses, and grandiose mountains offer visitors a multitude of activities. Farniente or a more sporty program, the choice is yours! As for history buffs, they can immerse themselves in the emirate’s past through the remains and ancient buildings.

A past to (re)discover

Situated on a cove, the city of Ras Al Khaimah has a rich history thanks to its once very prosperous port. To immerse yourself in its past, start your visit in the fishing village of Al Hamra and stop at the Al Dhayah fort. Built in the 16th century, this well-preserved castle was the scene of a long war between the British and the Qawasim tribe. Perched on the top of a mountainous hill, it provides a panoramic view of the entire Al Rhams coast. A coastline of austere mountains, lush palm groves, and peaceful harbours. Continue the route to the archaeological site of Julphar, where you can admire among the remains, the ruins of a fort and some princely palaces dating back to the Middle Ages. Finally, don’t hesitate to pass by the Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque and the National Museum, before getting lost in the fish market stalls. A must-see stop when you are in the old town!

Early bird tip, don’t miss the camel races. They take place on weekends, during the winter, in the heart of the desert. Popular and lively, the races are an opportunity to meet the locals and learn more about the spectacular training of camels.

It is in the south of the emirate, where date palm plantations abound, that the golden dunes begin to spread. Discover them aboard a 4×4 or on an organized safari. The best way to observe the fauna and flora! For hikers and climbers, the Hajar Massif is the best way to discover the world’s longest zip line, inaugurated in 2018, which will take you back to your childhood. Located on the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, the Jebel Jais, the device is nearly 3 km long and starts at an altitude of 1680 meters. Thrills guaranteed! To get over it all, all that remains is to take a moment of idleness on one of the paradisiacal beaches of the region.

Little urbanized and still confidential, Ras Al Khaimah will make you capsize!