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Discover the Hidden Gems of Ras Al Khaimah

Less than an hour’s drive from the tourism hotspot of Dubai lies a hidden gem of the United Arab Emirates: Ras Al Khaimah.

With an extraordinary history dating back over seven millennia, the northernmost Emirate in the UAE is becoming one of the most sought after destinations in the Middle East due to unique blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and thrilling adventures.

Here’s a glimpse of what Ras Al Khaimah has to offer South African travellers…


The Thrill of Adventure Sports

Ras Al Khaimah is  home to Jais Flight, the world's longest zipline spanning 2,83km. Soar across jagged mountain peaks and swoop through deep ravines at hair-raising speeds of up to 150 kmph. 

Feel the thrill on the world's longest zipline

You can also go dune bashing in the desert, kayaking through dense mangroves, hiking or mountain biking in the stunning Hajar Mountains, the highest mountain range in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. 

Adrenaline on the dunes

For those who prefer water sports, there's kite surfing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing on the pristine beaches.

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Rooftop oasis at the Doubletree by Hilton


Rich Cultural Heritage

Archaeologists have found evidence of human settlement in Ras Al Khaimah from 7 000 years ago, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. This cultural heritage can be explored via the emirate’s many museums and historical sites that offer a glimpse into its past.

Soak up the emirate's history at the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is a must-visit for history buffs, as it showcases the region's history and culture through a range of exhibits.

The Dhayah Fort, a 19th century mud brick fort built on much older structures, is another popular attraction that offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Dhayah Fort at dusk

 Visitors can also explore the traditional souks and markets, where they can buy local handicrafts and souvenirs.


Insta-Worthy Beaches

With 64 kilometres of unspoiled coastline and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Ocean, Ras Al Khaimah is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UAE. 

Just one small stretch of the emirate's 64klm coastline

With crystal clear waters and soft white sand, the popular Al Hamra Beach, Marjan Island Beach and Umm Al Quwain Beach are perfect places to relax and unwind.

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Hilton Ras al Khaimah Beach Resort


Delicious Local Cuisine

Ras Al Khaimah's local cuisine is a fusion of Arabic, Indian, and Iranian flavours, with a focus on fresh seafood and grilled meats.

Mouthwatering Emirati cuisine

Some must-try dishes include machboos (spiced rice with meat or fish), thareed (bread soaked in a meat or vegetable stew), and luqaimat (sweet dumplings drizzled with syrup).

Dining out, desert style

You can find these dishes and more at local restaurants and street vendors throughout the city. Don't forget to try the traditional Arabic coffee and dates for a true taste of the culture.

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The Cove Rotana


Natural Wonders

From the rugged Hajar Mountains to the pristine beaches along the Arabian Gulf, there is no shortage of stunning natural landscapes in Ras Al Khaimah.

Hiking the Hajar Mountains

Take a hike through the Hajar Mountains to see breath-taking views of the city and surrounding desert, or go kayaking in the mangrove forests along the coast.

Kayaking through the mangroves

For a truly unique experience, take a hot air balloon ride over the desert at sunrise and watch as the landscape comes to life.

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Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island

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