Set between golden beaches and rugged mountains, Ras Al Khaimah, also known as “RAK”, is a fantastic place to discover the UAE’s history, culture and cuisine. Dotted with luxury resorts, it’s a magnet for those in search of sun, sand and relaxation.
Things to do in Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah is an outdoor lover's paradise, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the UAE sunshine. You can hike in the Hajar Mountains, sail over sand dunes on a 4WD desert safari or kayak in the Musandam Peninsula.
Housed in a handsome 19th-century fort, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah showcases a fantastic collection of artefacts and archaeological finds. Don't miss seeing the beautifully decorated Iron Age vessels and ancient terracotta urns.
At sunset, why not join locals as they stroll along the Al Qawasim Corniche? The breezy promenade is lined with leafy trees, sizzling street-food stalls and open-air restaurants. The gleaming Sheikh Zayed Mosque overlooks the corniche, with visitors welcome to wander around the grounds and admire the magnificent Islamic architecture.
For the best views in town, climb the staircase to the top of Dhayah Fort. The twin-towered hilltop fortress rewards hikers with panoramic views over the city and the Hajar Mountains. It was raised in the early-19th century and played a pivotal role in fending off British attacks in 1819.
Getting around Ras Al Khaimah
There is no public transport in Ras Al Khaimah city, so you'll need to flag a taxi or hire a private driver. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is around 20 kilometres from the city centre, with the drive taking approximately 30 minutes.