Ras Al Khaimah
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Ra's al Khaymah is the most northern Emirate at the Arabian Gulf, borders the Omani exclave Musandam and is one of the seven United Arab Emirates.
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Points of Interest in Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah Old City - the oldest residential area in the city of Ras Al Khaimah with an old souq, old mosque, fishing harbour and Al Hisn Fort, which now host RAK National Museum.
Ras Al Khaimah National Museum - the RAK National Museum is situated in Al Hisn Fort. It presents the history and culture of Ras Al Khaimah.
Dhow Building Station – continuation of a long Ras Al Khaimah’s tradition of dhow building.
Camel Race Track – taste of the Arabic heritage with excitement of the race .
Prehistoric Shimal – one of the oldest settlements not only in Ras Al Khaimah but also in the region, it has remains of numerous ancient constructions such as Umm an-Nar tombs (2600-2000BC), Wadi Suq tombs (2000-1600BC), a second millennium BC settlement, findings from the Sassanian period (300-632AD) and the Abbasid era (750-1250AD).
Sheeba’s Palace – the remains of the 16th century palace.
Wadi Haqil – a large wadi, which up to the 1970s was a centre of pottery production started in the 15th century.
Dhayah – a village that has remains of old tombs and settlements. It is mostly known for its hill top fort that was a last point of deface against the British who attacked Ras Al Khaimah in the 19th century. Ghalilah Village and Wadi – their main attractions include famous Stairway to Heaven track, ancient tomb, heritage village and fishermen houses.
Sha’am – a town near the border with Musandam. It is worth to visit for its interesting old wadi settlements, rock engravings and small harbour.
Wadi Bih – it is one of the picturesque wadis in the UAE. It has remains of old settlements, graveyards and breath taking scenery. In one of the tributary wadis, the Jebel Al Jais Mountain Resort is constructed.
Falayah Fort – an old summer residence of the sheiks of Ras Al Khaimah. The General Treaty of Peace between the British and the local sheiks was signed there.
Khatt – an oasis with thermal waters and numerous archaeological sites.
Al Jazirah Al Hamra - the best-preserved fishermen village in the UAE.
Southern Wadis - Wadi Asimah, Daftah, Munay’i, Shawka, Qawr, Safarfir – full of prehistoric sites , scenic and yet undeveloped.
About Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah is nestled between the Hajjar Mountains on the East and the Persian Gulf on the West and shares mountainous borders with the Musandam Peninsula of Oman. With the completion of the new Emirates Highway, RAK is only about one hour from the emirate of Dubai.
H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has been the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah since 1948. His son, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi was appointed Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler in June 2003.
The Emirate Ras Al Khaimah combines a fascinating and a relaxing tourist hub with its calm blue seas with clean white beaches, dramatic desert dunes and the majestic Hajjar Mountains. It has numerous fascinating tourist landmarks, beautiful wildlife conservations and sanctuaries. Golf has become one of the leading tourist attractions within the emirate.
Ice land Waterpark - it offers more than 50 rides and numerous water games.
Saqr Park - the Saqr Park is the Emirate’s biggest public park. It has some slides, electrical cars, computer games and other attractions for the young ones.
Camel race track – camel race is an attraction not to be missed. The races take place on Fridays, early in the morning from October till March.
Camping and picnicking – done everywhere, although maintains are particularly popular for camping and beach, Saqr Park, Corniche Road and Emirates Road are often chosen for picnicking.
Golf – there are two golf clubs in Ras Al Khaimah. Tower Links Golf Club (18 hole) and Al Hamra Golf Club (9 hole).
Shisha Café’s – a rather relaxing and very local experience. Many restaurants offer shisha, and Corniche Road seems to be particularly popular.
Wadi bashing – Ras Al Khaimah has a wonderful mountains which are often visited by residents and tourists. A 4WD is a must.
Quad biking – popular activity amongst the local community, bikes can be rented at the Awafi desert area.
Desert safaris – organized by most of the hotels.
Cinemas - there are two cinemas in Ras Al Khaimah: Grand Manar (07 2278888) with mainly English speaking movies and Gulf Cinema (07 2223313) with a range of Indian and Arabic movies.
Corniche Road – it is one of the most popular places in Ras Al Khaimah, a centre of all action. It is a long street by the RAK Creek with a green promenade, attended mostly on the weekends. Picnics, jogging, roller-skating, biking are only few activities and sports that take place there.
A typical Emirati food is not widely available but it can be found in so called ‘popular kitchen’ types of restaurants. Lebanese cuisine mixed with some Arabic and Indian influences is often considered a local food. What you can expect in the restaurant is traditional Lebanese mezze (hummos, mutabal, salads, falafel), kebabs, biryani, fish or lamb. Ras Al Khaimah's different cultures brought different tastes for food, restaurants of many types and origins are opened in the city. Considering a large number of Indians in Ras Al Khaimah, there are plenty of great Indian restaurants. All major international fast food restaurants chains are also present in Ras Al Khaimah and there are numerous local fast food outlets.
Vegetarians will be please to know that in most of the restaurants have at least one vegetarian option, there are also a few purely vegetarian restaurants in town and the concept is widely understood.
Arabic coffee and tea are available almost everywhere. So are the juices made from freshly squeezed fruits. Alcohol you can get only in the hotels, although you can buy it for your private use.
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