Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, with a landscape that includes both stunning and barren desert and rugged mountains which include Jebel Jais, the highest point in the UAE. Here are 3 things we think you should NOT miss if you are visiting Ras Al Khaimah:
The World’s Longest Zipline
That is right, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah is home to ToroVerde’s Zipline, which also happens to be the longest zipline on Earth. Certified by the Guinness Book of Records, this Zipline is strictly for the thrillseekers and measures 2.83 kilometres in length!
The bay of Dhayah has been settled from at least the third Millenium BC. Set at the foot of imposing mountains, this fertile stretch of land has been watched over by Dhayah Fort since the 19th Century. The fort played a major role as the last point of resistance during the conflict between the British Navy and the tribes of Ras Al Khaimah.
This stunning Fort is part of our Ras Al Khaimah Day Tour, which we think is probably one of the best ways to spend a day in Ras Al Khaimah!
The Abandoned Jazirah Al Hamra Village
The old village of Jazira Al Hamra was traditionally the home to three tribes, some tracing their history back to the 14th century. By the 1830s, it was home to over 200 people who were mostly occupied with pearl fishing. The village was abandoned suddenly in the middle of the 20th Century and has come to be known as the ghost town of Ras Al Khaimah. The sudden abandonment left the whole village more or less intact and it provides a unique example of a pre-oil Arabian fishing village that has been frozen in time.
The town lies some 12 kilometers south of the centre of Ras Al Khaimah and most of the structures are built with coral stone and mud. Visiting Jazira Al Hamra is like taking a walk through history, giving us a small glimpse of what life must have been like in a different era.