7  Best Places To Visit In Ras Al Khaimah

From ancient forts steeped in history to majestic mountains, Ras Al Khaimah invites exploration and discovery

by Priyanka Fernandes
7  Best Places To Visit In Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah, nestled between the stunning Hajar Mountains and the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, is an emirate that offers travellers a diverse array of experiences. From ancient forts steeped in history to majestic mountains, it invites exploration and discovery. Delve into Ras Al Khaimah’s captivating charm as we explore its seven best places to visit.

1. Hajar Mountains

Hajar Mountains
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The Hajar Mountains in Ras Al Khaimah are a stunning backdrop, attracting tourists and locals alike. With its highest point in the north, the range slopes into the sea, surrounded by desert and sand dunes. Featuring the most significant exposure of igneous rock from the oceanic crust, the mountains offer a majestic view of the desert from their peaks. Jabal Yibir, standing at 1537 meters, is not just a favorite spot for tourists, but also a renowned destination for geologists, adding a unique niche to the mountains’ appeal.

2. Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais
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Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s tallest peak at 1,934 meters, features a 35 km road renowned for its eight hairpin turns and scenic sunrise and sunset views. Additionally, hosting the world’s longest zipline, it’s a favourite destination for adventure seekers. The road through the Hajar range offers cooler temperatures at the summit, typically 10-13 degrees lower than at sea level.

3. National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
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The Ras Al-Khaimah Museum, once the ruler’s residence until the 1960s, is a place of historical marvels from the emirate. The museum is in the city’s old town area and boasts an extensive collection of captivating archaeological artefacts. It is highly recommended for history enthusiasts looking to delve into the region’s rich heritage.

4. Jazirat al-Hamra 

Jazirat al-Hamra
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Jazirat al-Hamra is a quaint fishing village that offers a glimpse into the region’s pre-oil era lifestyle. Left to the elements, it stands as one of the UAE’s oldest and best-preserved coastal villages, with roots dating back to the 16th century. Once inhabited by pearl divers and fishermen, the village retains its charm, with coral-black houses, mosques, wind towers, shops, and schools showcasing traditional architecture and heritage.

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5. Wadi Shawka 

Wadi Shawka 
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Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah is a sought-after hiking destination. It offers a comprehensive experience with off-road drives, pool dips, natural springs, and mountain views. Just 92 km from Dubai, it’s a top choice for hiking, camping, and picnicking. The challenging route and picturesque backdrop make it an ideal spot to explore little villages, meet locals, and enjoy barbecues along the banks of Wadi Shawka.

6. Dhayah Fort

Dhayah Fort
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Constructed in the early 19th century, Dhayah Fort stands as an ancient defensive tower situated atop a strategic hill. It was built from mud and brick and played a pivotal role in a significant battle in 1819. Located 18 km north of Ras Al Khaimah, a steep zigzag staircase is required to reach the top. However, the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, including the Hajar Mountains and lush date palm oasis, makes the climb worthwhile.

7. Khatt Springs

Khatt Springs
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Khatt Springs, just 20 km from Ras Al Khaimah city, offers natural hot pools rich in minerals, nestled by the Hajar Mountains. The castle-like structure amidst lush greenery provides hot stone treatments, therapeutic springs, and more. With water 90 feet underground and temperatures up to 40°C, it’s reputed for healing rheumatic and skin ailments. Surrounding archaeological sites add to its appeal, drawing locals and tourists seeking its therapeutic benefits.

From the majestic Hajar Mountains to ancient forts like Dhayah Fort, each site tells a unique story of the emirate’s past and promises unforgettable experiences. Whether hiking in Wadi Shawka, exploring the historic Jazirat al-Hamra, or indulging in the therapeutic waters of Khatt Springs, these places to visit in Ras Al Khaimah are a treasure trove of exploration and discovery. 

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