Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven United Arab Emirates. Nestled in the northeastern corner of the U.A.E., Ras Al Khaimah is known for being one of the only emirates to have never discovered natural oil reserves. As a result, Sheikh Saud leader of RAK has focused on propping up the tourism sector instead. With a 4% increase in international travelers from 2018 to 2019, it is clear that the Tourism Authority Board’s three-year tourism revitalization plan is working out. If you have ever wanted to explore an entirely new world, now is your chance.
Let’s take a moment to highlight the wonderful historic destinations that travelers can enjoy in Ras Al Khaimah.
Top Tourist Destinations in Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah has been continuously inhabited by humans for more than 7,000 years. As a result of the prolonged habitation of the region, Ras Al Khaimah is teeming with amazing historic destinations that call back to yesteryear. From archaeological dig sites to the remains of a fort that saw British gunfire over a hundred years ago, there are plenty of historical sights to see and enjoy. To facilitate the best historical itinerary possible, we are going to highlight a few of our favorite destinations for cultural and historical enrichment in Ras Al Khaimah.
1) Jebel Jais – The heart and soul of natural tourism in Ras Al Khaimah is Jebel Jais. Jebel Jais is the tallest mountain in the entirety of the United Arab Emirates. Occasionally sprinkled with snow, this incredible natural wonder brings thrill-seekers thanks to the Jebel Jais zipline. If you don’t want an adrenaline dump, consider spending time looking at the views from atop the 70 million-year-old mountain range. If you are feeling brave, you can drive your car up the winding road to near the summit of the mountain. We trust that you will bring your best camera for these amazing views.
2) Khatt Springs – If you want something a little more laid back than a trip up the mountain, consider spending some time at the Khatt Springs. The Khatt Springs are hot pools filled with healthy minerals. Known for being therapeutic and relaxing, there are a host of ways to break up your time at the springs. Head outside of the Khatt Springs to visit the Khatt Fort, a 19th-century relic that used to host the RAK National Museum.
3) Al Jazeera Al Hamra – If you are looking for a tourist destination that is as fascinating as it is peaceful, consider heading to the village of Al Jazeera Al Hamra. Also known as the ‘Ghost Village’, this popular historical tourism destination attracts visitors wanting to see ancient buildings, crumbling structures, and grand mosques. Located south of RAK City, this is a free getaway that is great for history lovers.
For the past several years, Ras Al Khaimah’s government has focused on propping up its tourism sector. Now, with vigorous growth reported by the Tourism Board, the fruits of their efforts are finally being laid bare. Use our favorite destinations as a sample of all the amazing historical destinations you can find in RAK!