Escape The Winter This Year to Ras Al Khaimah

Angela Wood

Senior Contributor

Around an hour north of Dubai lies the upcoming Emirate state of Ras Al Khaimah. If you’ve experienced Dubai and seek a quieter, more authentic Arabian vibe, this is the place to be. With low-key luxury resorts, rich history, beautiful beaches and outdoor activities ranging from Bedouin adventures to golfing and water skiing, this is one Emirate state you won't want to leave. Here are a few ideas for things to do in Ras Al Khaimah to tempt your adventurous spirit.

Envelop Yourself in Nature

Unlike neighbouring Dubai, there are still plenty of natural spaces in Ras Al Khaimah, and one of these places is Al Wadi Nature Reserve. The 1,235-acre area in the Wadi Khadija is abundant with wildlife and perfect for anyone wishing to spend time amongst nature. You can discover the Equestrian Centre – home to both horses and camels and enjoy a thrilling ride across desert dunes. Falconry displays take place throughout the day where you can get up-close and personal with hawks, owls and eagles, or you can partake in a spot of fishing in the reserve watering hole. Afterwards, make a stop at nearby Ritz-Carlton Hotel to indulge in a traditional flavoured shisha and signature cocktails at the hotel’s chic rooftop Moon Bar.
Ras Al Khaimah Panorama

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Enjoy an Authentic Bedouin Experience

If you’ve always imagined sleeping in a Bedouin tent under clear starry skies, now’s your chance! Experience life in the desert, living inside an igloo tent just like the Emiratis did, sit on cushioned floors sampling delicious Middle Eastern cuisine and enjoy unspoilt, panoramic vistas of golden sand dunes as the sunsets. In addition to embracing an exotic Arabian Nights lifestyle, this fun adventure also includes contemporary additions such as exploring the desert landscape by camel, quad biking or even driving a 4 x 4 across the dunes. Accommodations in the camp are modern, decorated with Bedouin textiles and furnishings, and if you want to go full luxury, the premium tent at Bedouin Oasis Camp even has air-conditioning!
Bedouin Camp

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Discover Ras Al Khaimah’s History

Set beneath a spectacular Hajar Mountain backdrop, Ras Al Khaimah’s rich heritage spans centuries. Although much of the city is modern in stature, there are pockets of the old fishing village which still exist. Jaziret al-Hamra offers a glimpse into the old ways of the Emirate when fishermen and pearl divers would bring their natural treasure hauls into the harbour. You can discover the city’s history at the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah and even drive, hike or cycle to the country’s highest peak Jebel Jais. The latter is the perfect place for a romantic picnic and photography, especially nearing sunset when the rugged terrain is overridden with a wonderful ochre and orange glow. However, if that all seems a tad energetic, head for Flamingo Beach – a 400-metre-long stretch of golden sand with a smattering of stylish cafes.
Dhayah Fort

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Experience First Class Dining

One of the trendiest gathering places in Ras Al Khaimah, Zaitouna House caters to everyone in your travelling party. Located on a waterfront promenade at Marjan Island Resort and Spa, their menu features tempting Lebanese cuisine bursting with mouth-watering Middle Eastern flavours. Whether you wish to share delicious mezze, grilled meats or vegetarian dishes, this elegant restaurant ticks all the boxes. Bedecked with wooden tables and chairs accompanied by fresh colour palettes of pistachio and aquamarine, the restaurant is upscale, yet understated. As you dine at the water’s edge, cocktail in hand as the sun sets, sit back, relax and plan your next day’s adventure in Ras Al Khaimah.
Middle Eastern Mezze

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Stay in a Luxury 5-star Resort

If you desire 5-star luxury, but still want to be close to all the action, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa is a perfect choice. Located in Al Mairid, close to RAK beach, shopping malls, spice markets and National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, you can’t choose a better place for sightseeing.The beachfront hotel is flanked by swaying palms and the crystalline waters of the swimming pool tempt you as you return from a day of exploration. Guest accommodations are spacious with sea and garden views and their villas and suites offer additional privacy for those seeking a romantic stay. If travelling with friends or family, request a private villa with its own pool and direct beach access. They are newly refurbished and can accommodate up to 12 adults.Dining in Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort is also a treat. Take a culinary trip across continents at Maarid with its live cooking stations and a plethora of European and Middle Eastern dishes, enjoy Brazilian Churrasco, burgers and ribs at Pura Vida or feast on smoked lamb Frikih and Fish Saiyadiah at Al Maeda. In addition to several bars and restaurants, the resort also boasts a luxury spa where you can indulge in a range of therapeutic treatments and envelop yourself in an oasis of calm. Bliss.
Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa

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