ras al khaimah

Famous as the top weekend escape place for the neighboring locals, Ras- Al- Khaimah is located in the UAE’s northernmost region. With a backdrop of the mighty Hajar Mountains, Ras- Al- Khaimah is not only a beautiful place for the tourists, but it is also an extremely significant excavation site for the owing to its inhabitance in the 3rd millennium BC. With its rich historical background and its urbanized developments for luring the tourists, Ras- Al- Khaimah is now a tourist hot spot.

There are many famous places to visit around the amazing city, and we bring to you the list of best places to visit in Ras- Al- Khaimah. Read on.

Best Places to Visit in Ras Al Khaimah

1. The National Museum of Ras- Al- Khaimah

The National Museum of Ras- Al- Khaimah

Located in the residential fort of the ruling family of the city until the 1960’s, the National Museum of Ras- Al- Khaimah is a must-visit place to witness the amazing archeological discoveries made during the excavations along with various ethnological artifacts, manuscripts, traditional weapons that once belonged to the ruling family of the city and much more. The museum also beautifully displays the settlement area from the initial inhabitance up to the late Islamic era.

2. Khatt Hot Springs

Khatt Hot Springs

Offering therapeutic hot water springs at a place near the Hajar Mountains that looks almost like a castle, the Khatt hot springs takes you to a completely different world of relaxation with its Ayurvedic treatments, hot stone, and precious stone treatments. It is a perfect place for tourists to relax and rejuvenate in a natural atmosphere. With 3 natural mineral water hot springs, the Khatt hot springs resort offers various amenities including a picnic location that adds to its advantage of being a weekend getaway.


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3. Saqr park

Saqr park

The most popular landmark of the Kieran area of Ras- Al- Khaimah is the Saqr Park. The huge park area has many kids playing amenities and activities that make for perfect weekend fun for your whole family. An ideal way to bring your kids to the outdoors, Saqr Park has everything from roller coasters to big splash ride, table tennis courts to electronic car hails. All in all, Saqr Park alone can offer an entire day of fun and enjoyment for your whole family.

4. Shimal

If you have an interest in the archeological sites, Shimal, the small village located at the north of Ras- Al- Khaimah offers a perfect peek into hundreds of pre-Islamic tombs with inhabitancy from approximately 2000BC. Giving you a feel of the long lost world, Shimal village also boasts of the Husn al-Shimal Fort built in the early start of the Islamic era.

5. Iceland Water Park

Iceland Water Park

A definite place to enjoy a day filled with wet fun, the Iceland Water Park offers a cheaper option than the expensive Wild Wadi and Aquventure water parks of Dubai. The rides are great and suitable for both the not- so- daring ones and the ones are driven by an adrenaline rush. A perfect way to spend a hot day with splash rides, water pools and loads of fun and entertainment for the entire family, Iceland Water Park is a must-visit while in Ras- Al- Khaimah.

6. Falcon Show

Falcon Show

One of the most traditional and still loved traditions of the UAE- Falconry is displayed with much fanfare in the city of Ras- Al- Khaimah at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort. The show features some of the most amazing species of hawks, falcons, owls, eagles, and kestrels. Enjoy the show along with a tour of the Falconry Mews, breeding and rehabilitation center, which in itself is a one of a kind experience.

7. Al Sawan Race Track

Al Sawan Race Track

An area of 10 km flocked by visitors and tourists from the months of October to April to witness the most traditional sport of the Middle East- Camel Racing carried out in the best of its form at Ras- Al- Khaimah. This time-honored sport has robots driving the camels instead of kids and adults. The place offers a peek into the culture of the city and the loved sport of the Arabs for centuries. From the rulers of the country to the local citizen, everyone is a fan of the camel racing sport.

8. Dhayah Fort

Dhayah Fort

Facing the gulf in a strategic position, the Dhayah fort was built in the early 16th century as a defensive military tower. The Dhayah fort is a mud-brick fort on the hilltop facing the mighty gulf and has played a significant role in the defensive history of Ras- Al- Khaimah. The fort was essentially destroyed during the war with the Britishers in the year 1891. The structure ruins of this significant monument still stand today depicting the history in its remaining form.

9. Pearl Museum

Pearls Museum

Till the late 19th century until the oil boom of the UAE, the risky pearl diving was the major source of income for the village of Ras- Al- Khaimah. Though a riskier occupation, Ras- Al- Khaimah was once known for its Pearl diving industry all across the globe and the museum does justice to its history by beautifully displaying the equipment used for diving and harvesting of pearls along with magnificent collection pearls.

Hajar Mountains along with all the modern amenities required to make it a perfect vacationing spot for tourists across the globe and locals from neighboring areas of UAE. With vast unspoiled plains of the desert, Ras- Al- Khaimah is your place to be if you want to witness the best of history, tradition, culture, and modernity.

Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

  • 13 thoughts on “Ras Al Khaimah – Things to Do on Your First Trip
    1. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      Is entry to Saqr Park free?

    2. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      What are the Iceland Water Park timings?

      • Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

        The Iceland Water Park is open from 10 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday and from 10 AM to 8 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

    3. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      Is falconry legal in Ras Al Khaimah?

      • Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

        Yes. Being part of the United Arab Emirates, falconry is legal in Ras Al Khaimah. As per law, only adults (Emiratis) above the age of 18 years with a license can indulge in falconry.

    4. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      Thank you for the article. I didn’t know there are so many interesting places to visit in Ras Al Khaimah. I will definitely visit the city during my next UAE trip.

    5. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      The RAK Pearl Museum looks really interesting. What is the entry fee to visit the place?

    6. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      This city has all the old-world charm and is oozing with a rich history that spans over thousands of years. If your hate crowed and yet crave for fun, adventure, and relaxation, Ras Al Khaimah is for you.

    7. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      Ras Al Khaimah is one of my favorite destinations. It has several options to soak in sightseeing and adventure. The best thing about this unique place is that it’s less crowded and offers ample space for fun & enjoyment.

    8. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      I wonder why visitors don’t opt for Ras Al Khaimah. This underrated place is perfectly suitable for a family to enjoy a great weekend.

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