20 Ultimate things to do in
Ras Al Khaimah (2017 Updated)

Staying in Ras Al Khaimah or planning a Ras Al Khaimah Holiday? Thinking to find the best things to do in Ras Al Khaimah? Then, here is your key to this city; a definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by Adventure Emirates Destination Experts.

This city is yours to discover with our list of the very best what to do in Ras Al Khaimah and many things to see. From full-blown days out at sightseeing to romantic dinners, tick your ultimate checklist of RAK.

Before starting, why don't you have a look at the must do list of Ras Al Kaimah?

Here they are the hand picked things to do in Ras Al Khaima


Let’s dive in with details

1. Desert Safari in Ras Al Khaimah

Desert safari in Ras Al Khaimah is special & one of the best thing to do in Ras Al Khama. Most of the desert camps in RAK are placed in a location where you can drive till the camp site by road. Therefore if you do not want any pick up drop off services, you can get the coordinates to drive there.

Desert safari in Ras Al Khaimah

Similar to other Emirates, RAK desert safari also has the variety of experiences

Sunrise desert safari Ras Al Khaimah

The sunrise safari is conducted to enjoy the rays of booming sun from dunes of Ras Al Khaimah desert. Usually depends on the sunrise time, and the distance from your location to the camp may vary the exact pickup time for the tour.
RAK Sunrise safari includes; (Duration 4 hours nearly)

  • 4x 4 transfers from your Ras Al Khaimah hotel or residence
  • Dune bashing
  • Sand boarding
  • Camel riding
  • Light breakfast (if you book the tour with breakfast)
Morning desert safari Ras Al Khaimah

The vistas of Morning desert Ras Al Khaima is truly mesmerizing. Either, you can book this tour with pick up drop off, or you can drive to the tour starting desert point by your own.
Usually around 8 AM the morning Ras Al Khaima Desert tour starts at the desert thus the pickup will be around 6.45 AM – 7.30 AM as per the location you are in.
At the desert you will enjoy 45 minutes dune bashing and other activities including sand boarding, camel riding, tastes of coffee, tea and dates, breathtaking sceneries of morning desert. If you wish to ride a quad bike you can pay additional amount on the spot and ride the Quad as well.
Total Duration of the tour will be approximately 4 - 4.5 hours.

morning Ras Al Khaima Desert tour
Evening desert safari Ras Al Khaimah

This is one of the most heart-touching activities in Ras Al Khaimah for many. It is around 6 hours tour with pick and drop service. And if you are on a honeymoon or wanted to celebrate any romantic moments, you may try Private Romantic Desert Safari Ras Al Khaimah
Includes of the Evening Ras Al Khaimah desert safari are:

  • Sand Boarding
  • Camel riding
  • Dune bashing
  • Henna painting
  • Sunset views
  • Arabic costumes for photos
  • Soft drinks, dates, coffee and tea
  • BBQ mix buffet dinner
  • Fire show
  • Belly dance show
  • Tanoura dance show
  • Stargazing
Evening desert safari Ras Al Khaimah

Also you can visit the desert camp directly for a shisha with your friends

2. Desert adventures and camping in Ras Al Khaimah

Except Desert safaris, here are some of the other desert adventures you can enjoy at Ras Al Khaimah desert. Desert self-rides; guided rides are much famous and interesting activity that you can try out.

Overnight desert camping Ras Al Khaimah

Overnight desert camping of Ras Al Khaima has below options that you can select as per your instinct on a campsite that you are comfortable to spend a night-out at desert

  • Igloo tent overnight camping in Ras Al Khaimah
  • Air-conditioned tent desert camp stay in Ras Al Khaimah
  • Delux tent stay in Ras Al Khaimah
  • Standard camp stays in Ras Al Khaimah
Quad biking in Ras Al Khaimah

Quad biking can be done as a tour in Ras al khaimah, with or without the pickup transfers the tour can be conducted.

Quad biking in Ras Al Khaimah

The quad bike tour Ras Al Khaima can be booked as a guided or without a guide as well. Both single and double quad bikes are available to ride in desert depends on the tour operator you choose.

Camel trekking in Ras Al Khaimah

Camel riding in Ras Al Khaimah is nearly one and half hour’s tour that allows you to ride a camel a long time. A trainer will guide you during the ride and take you along the desert track handling the camel.
The beautiful desert ambience will be covered during this leisure camel riding in Ras Al Khaimah.

Camel trekking in Ras Al Khaimah
Desert horse riding in Ras Al Khaimah

Horse riding in the ras al khaimahdesert is another remarkable experience during your holiday in UAE. If you are an experienced horse rider, you can enjoy the ride fearlessly.
If you are not an experienced horse rider, support will be given to make sure your thrill and safety.

Desert nature walk in Ras Al Khaimah

Rather than describing this tour as an adventure, this can be introduced as a very relaxing walking tour with an ecologist guide.
You will be walking to the inner desert area while learning and exploring about the flora and fauna in the natural setting in Ras Al Khaimah tranquil desert.
You can relax for sometimes on the desert dunes and refresh with some fruits during this tour. If you have an interest to drive in desert try out Self Drive Desert Dune Bashing Ras Al Khaimah

3. 360 Aviation experiences – Micro flight Experience

This is the most unique things to do in Ras Al Khaimah as no where in UAE you will find this experience. See the utmost beauty of the city in the bird eye view 1000 meters above. This is a wonderful unique flying experience in Ras Al Khaimah that allows who’s age is above 7 years. The beach, city skyline, Mangroves and desert will be so magnificent from above for sure!

360 Aviation experiences – Micro flight Experience

These micro-flights are 10 minutes onwards till 1 hours flying experiences as per your choice. A well experienced pilot accompany with you for this tour.
On that day if all the conditions are good (Weather, lighting, wind etc) you can try controlling the flight with the help of friendly pilot who accompany with you.
Make sure to bring your passport, Emirates ID or any Identity proof to participate for this flying tour.

4. Horse riding in Ras Al Khaima

Horse riding Ras Al Khaimah will be surely a best experience. Based on your weight you can ride a horse at the RAS AL KHAIMAH desert. For the kids special pony rides can be offered.
Also, you can organize birthdays or any party at the Horse club as per your requirements and can offer the horse rides while the event as a party idea

5. Falcon show and Archery

This is an attractive session that you can experience the Falcons in live.
You can learn about falcons, you can feed them and take to your hand to take nice photos to upload in your albums symbolizing the great memory you had in Ras Al Khaimah.

Falcon show and Archery

The Archery experience is another fun activity both old, young and teens can enjoy in Ras Al Khaimah. The allows, Archery and hitting board will be provided at the venue

6.Visit Ras Al Khaimah Jabeljais

This is another best & interseting things to do in Ras Al Khaima .JabelJais is the tallest mountain in United Arab Emirates which belongs to Ras Al Khaimah. Jebel Jais Mountain shares the territory of Oman and UAE while bearing highest peak points.

Visit Ras Al Khaimah Jabeljais

Jebel Jais temperature is appealing climate condition. Jebel Jais weather is reported as one of the attraction factor that brings visitors throughout the year. Jebel Jais snow made this mountain range area to call Snowy Mountain as nick name. If you are visiting this mountain, prepare yourself for the traffic that might delay your journey on the way. Usually, From Ras Al Khaimahcity to JabelJais it takes 45 minutes - 1 hours’ drive without any traffic congestion. Frequently, the routes to JebelJais in Google map seems jammed with traffic during the snow falls. You may be interested on a Jebel Jais tour

Jebel Jais tour

7. Hot water springs in Ras Al Khaimah

Khatt springs Ras Al Khaimah is another precious gift by the nature. There are 3 natural hot springs in UAE; luckily those all you can visit only at Ras Al Kamiah.
The health / medicinal benefits of Khatt hot springs Ras Al Khaimah welcoming worldwide tourists to relax, heal, and enjoy. That is why this should be included in your things to do list in RAS AL KHAIMAH.
The water of these springs is rich with the powerful minerals such as Sulphur. Since its mineralized hot water, experts findings moves on related to double effects these spring pools can offer. The thermal water makes your body relaxed and free.
Sulphur rich water absorbs the minerals expending the blood vessels in the skin. Note that at RAS AL KHAIMAH the access for spring pools are for males and females are allowed separately.
Adjacent to the springs which have thermal water temperature on or above 400C in a depth of 60ft, there are facilities of spa, food and recreation.
Natural ambience and Khatt resort conserve this natural springs. Breathtaking atmosphere of the Khatt village and stay at the resort might be other good alternatives during you visit here.

8. Beaches in Ras Al Khaimah

Unlike most of other Emirates, Coastal line of Ras Al Khaimah has been predominantly occupied by the hotel and resorts. Among the Ras Al Khaimah public beach locations Al Hamra Public beach is a safe location for the visitors to enjoy the shoreline landscape and swimming.
The private beaches in Ras Al Khaimah are also allowed for the visitors with a Non- hotel guest passes. You can purchase the passes to enter the shoreline from the hotels.
These beach areas are well maintained and lot of beach activities such as Banana boat rides, Skiing rides and Jet Skiing rides are available with supervision of coast guards.
Ras al khaimahBeach is to enjoy but make sure your dresses and behavior are as per the regulations and culture of this Islamic city.
Better you know:
The free beaches in Ras Al Khaimah might not have shady areas, shops and washroom facilities. So, be preparing yourself with some snacks, water, beverages, foldable chairs and umbrellas when you go there. Morning or Evening is the most ideal timing for fun beach experience in Ras Al Kamiah, so you can consider it when you plan the day.
If you have an idea of going for Ras Al Khaimah Beach Camping In the public beach areas too you can do camping in Ras Al Khaimah at your own risk. If you are staying in a beach resort or resort, with the permission of the hotel staff you can do camping near to the beach as well.

8.City sightseeing - Old and Modern icons

City sightseeing - Old and Modern icons

Sightseeing is too a lovable experience for travelers who loves visiting places and admire. RAS AL KHAIMAH city is sustainable with combination of ancient and modern attractions which adds value to the city daily.
If you are a history lover, you can look for a Ras Al Khaimah city tour for the attractions that has historical importance. If you are staying in Ras Al Khaimah you will have plenty of time to explore all the attractions in this city within a day.
Are coming to Ras al Khaimahfrom Abu Dhabi/ Dubai/ Sharjah for sightseeing Ras Al Kamiah? Then it’ll be bit tired and will take 2-5 hours travel in between the cities.Usually, if you are booking a RAS AL KHAIMAHcity tour with a travel company you will have the options to book the tour with or without a professional language guide.
If you are driving all these places by your own or planning a customizable city tour with a tour operator the below list need to be at your concern The Old Ras Al Khaimah city comprises with palaces, forts and museums that has pre- historical artifacts and ruins of old buildings

National Museum in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah National Museum, a building which belongs to the 17th century. Several rehabilitations have been taken thereon the Portuguese and British revival attacks in the past. This Museum building also Recognize as the name “Late Fort”
For a certain time this was the residence of the “Quwasim family” who ruled Ras Al Khaimah city.
Nowadays, RAS AL KHAIMAH museum is a place that you can witness how old Emirati life was by looking at Traditional equipment used for livelihood activities such as fishing, diving and crafting.
The walls of the museum structure are constructed with Coral stones and it denotes the ancient techniques which have been used when recent Air Condition facilities was not in picture.
National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah timing and opening hours: Saturday to Thursday -Morning 8AM to 6PM, Friday – Evening 3PM till 7.30PM

Ras Al-Khaimah Pearls Museum

RAS AL KHAIMAH Pearls Museum demonstrates the pearling industry and pearling history of the city for the visitors like you.
Pearl diving was one of the predominant ways of living for Bedouin during the past. Thus, heritage and culture of Ras Al Khaimah has been molded by the traditional trade of pearling.
At this museum, you can buy some souvenirs and ornaments if you wish to take home
Pearl Museum of Ras Al Khaimah timing: Saturday to Thursday – Morning9AM to 7.30PM

Shimal Ras Al Khaimah

“Old Shimal village” is a prehistoric settlement that has been recognized as a valuable historical site.
The tombs are belongs to the pre-Islamic ages. Some archeological evidences such as particles of ancient pots, browns and copper stones have been found from the excavations.
Still this place is under the eye of researchers and archeologists as it has huge historical value

Sheba’s Palace

The ruins of a palace that has huge historical importance referred as Queen of Sheba Palace in Ras Al Khaimah.
According to folks and believes, this palace got its name with some religiousinfluences and background, but not because of a real queen who lived in RAS AL KHAIMAH
However this is absolute interesting visiting place that you can explore and enjoy at the Shimal village

Dhayah Fort Ras Al Khaimah

Dhayah fort is another popular visiting placed of the tourists arrives to Ras Al Khaimah city. Dhayah fort information says it is a significant lank mark to the city.
This fort has been constructed out of mud, clay and wooden materials. Still it is a small fortress in the edge where the backdrops of a vast rocky mountain range scenery.History of Dhayah fort runs till the 1800’s dated even before the Quwasim ruling time
Dhayah fort location is situated with magnificent views of Sleep Mountain which has been acted as the barrier to reach the fortress for the British Invaders
If you are planning to visit this fort consider Dhayah fort timing as 7 AM -7 PM

Al Qassimi Palace

The ghost palace in Ras Al Khaimah is called Qassimi palace. It is being abandoned for nearly 20 years from the house warming date. As some of witnesses at night this house is occupying by evils.
If you are not scared of ghosts, you can try to go inside and explore whether the rumors’ are true or false about palace.

Al Hayl fort

An ancient settlement which symbolize the historical civilization of UAE. It has access from Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

Al Jazirah Al Hamra

It is denoted as a town which is completely abundant by the dwellers. It was a city where 3 predominant tribes lived in old Ras Al Khaimah.
Still the habitats of the ancient dwellers, whose livelihood was fishing and pear diving, can be seen in this city if you go there and go and explore their settlements.

Al Marjan Island

Beautiful four separate islands together called Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah. This island fully deducted for tourism related activities. Many tourists love to visit this island as it comprises number of good hotels and resorts.
Also, this is an ideal island for water sports such as Jet Ski, fly board, water skiing, boat rides.
Al Marjan Island is a most recommended niche for stays in RAS AL KHAIMAH during your holiday.

9. Mountain climbing and hiking in Ras al Khaimah

Mountain climbing and hiking in Ras al Khaimah

Mountaineering from Ras Al Khaimah is a popular sport. Most hiking and mountain climbers chose the routes via Jebel Qihwi Mountain,Shawka Dam, Wadi Al Far or Wadi Shah
Make sure you have plenty of water with you during the hiking and you are fit enough to attend for the adventure.

10.Amusement parks in Ras al Khaimah

Few amusing themed parks especially for children are available in RAK. To recreate and have fun these places will be notable
Both at the weekends and weekdays take your kids to Ras Al Khaimah Water Park and Recreation Park and rejoice!

Iceland water park

A water park with wave pool and water sports for kids. Iceland Park in RAK will be a real treat for you kiddos. Adults also can enjoy the sliding Entrance ticket fee for the Iceland waterpark is 115 AED per kid and 175 AED per Adult. Open from Monday to Saturday 10 AM -6 PM

Saqr Park Ras Al Khaimah

It’s again a recreation park with more greenery. The attractions inside the park contain with ferry wheel, roller coaster and merry go round
Also, you can do camping at the grassy grounds at Saqr Park
Saqr Park Entrance fee is 3 AED per visitor and you can pay separately for the attractions on the spot.Open from Monday to Saturday 10 AM -11.55 PM

Khuzam Family Park Ras Al Khaimah

A family park located in RAK with number of star hotels nearby. This is a location that allows for vacationers to experience the best of Ras Al Khaimah wrapped with great sceneries

11. Sailing in Ras Al Khaimah

Al Hamra is a famous location for Sailing. RAK Sailing club has private beach, sailing in this beach are in different facessuch as Group sailing, sailing races, sail lessons for the apprentice sailors and kids and so on.
Near the Sailing club in Ras Al Khaimah there are plenty of shops; cafeterias located which makes easy shopping for a quick snack or drinks

12.Fishing trips in Ras Al Khaimah

In Ras Al Khaimah you can rent a fishing Charter for Deep sea fishing adventures. Up to 7 participants can be carried for the fishing trip in RAK. You can book this fishing sport in the morning and evening time as per the availability and weather condition. Usually the tour is around 4-5 hours with a cruise driver for total cost 1500-1800 AED depends with the day you select for the tour

13.Water sports in Ras al khaimah

In RAK Al Marjan Island you can experience plenty of water sports as below for reasonable rates

Water sports in Ras al khaimah
Water sports in Ras al khaimah

14.Cruise rides in Ras Al Khaimah

At Ras Al Khaimah you have selection of Cruise riding tours. Sightseeing cruises, Eco-boat rides and Dinner Dhow cruise Ras Al Khaimah are the most famous cruise tours in here.

15. Dining spots and taste local food

Unlike most developed UAE famous cities, RAK city deprived of many dining spots. No worries, still you can have a splendid dining experience at Ras Al Khaimah. Apart from the beach dining experiences at RAK beach hotels there are few local food restaurants situated in the city
A unique local dinning or lunch can be tasted in local farm houses during the tours such as "the day you become local Emirati Bedouin" which is an amazing tour that you wear like a Emirati and taste Emirati food items with a real Emirati guide who can explain you call

16. Spend time with locals

Breakfast to Dinner with a local in Ras Al Khaimah is an amazing tour that you can experience at RAK city. Contrast of Emirati locals life style in past and present, you can get to know during this tour.

Spend time with locals

Also, there is another tour that you can visit a local farm house and spend the evening with him by having a friendly chat and sightsee around. This will be a relaxing unique local experience

17. Play Golf

Basically, there are 2 gold courses in Ras Al Khaimah to play. Both of these clubs has outdoor Golf pits with a green coverage

  • Tower-links club
  • Al Hamra village Golf course

18. Try Shooting

Rifle and Gun shots shooting at RAK shooting club will be an exciting activity. Learners are welcome for the lessons of shooting 50 meter above outdoor rangers

19. Shopping at RAK

Ras Al Khaimah has only 5 Shopping malls that you can try shopping:

  • Al Hamra Mall Ras Al Khaimah
  • Safeer Mall Ras Al Khaimah
  • Ras Al Khaimah Mall
  • Manar Mall Ras Al Khaimah
  • Al Naeem Mall Ras Al Khaimah

20. Stay at best Ras Al Khaima hotels

Before you decide what to do in Ras Al Khaima you should find the best & ideally located hotel in Ras Al Khaima. Ras Al Khaimah city is attached by the RAK beach hotels and resorts. Especially the island resorts in Al Marjan island and Al Harma village having has star hotels that provides better deals and offers for the travellers to stay and dine
Seasonally, Hotels in ras al khaimah special offers varies in a year whereas more occupancy rate will be recorded during months of October to April. Ras Al khaimah resort deals, villas and farm house stays also some of the interesting short-stay accommodation

5*Star Hotels in Ras Al Khaimah

  • Al Hamra Fort Hotel
  • Al Hamra Village Al Hamra Residence
  • Cove Rotana RAK
  • Golden tulip Khatt
  • Hilton Al Marjan
  • Marjan Island Resort
  • Ramada Hotel
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotel
  • Al Hamra Palace
  • Al Wadi Desert Resort
  • Double Tree Marjan
  • Hilton Resort RAK
  • Hilton Double Tree City Hotel
  • Rixos Bab Al Bahr
  • Ras Al Khaimah Hotel

4* hotels in Ras Al Khaimah

  • Acacia Hotel
  • Bin Majid Beach Resort
  • Mangrove hotel

Budget hotels in Ras Al Khaimah

  • Capital Hotel RAK
  • Hilton Gardens inn
  • Queens inn

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