Ras al Khaimah holiday highlights

Hike Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, follow the trails to peace and tranquillity in the Hajar Mountains and chase the sun on a dune bashing tour through  the terracotta desert. The newest addition to sky-high thrills is the longest zip line in the world where you can fly through mountains at peaks of 300 metres or you can keep your feet firmly on the ground and explore the dust covered pearl fishing village of Jazirah Al Hamra just south of the city where you’ll find 14th-Century houses abandoned long ago in a ghost town that’s supposedly haunted. There are plenty of scuba diving opportunities among over 700 species of fish – sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to spot a whale or rare green turtle – sunset cruises by catamaran or yacht and candlelit restaurants  overlooking the beach.

Where is Ras Al Khaimah?

Bordering the Kingdom of Oman, Ras Al Khaimah is the northern most emirate in the UAE and the fourth largest, about an hour’s drive from Dubai.

Getting around Ras Al Khaimah

The coastline stretches some 35 miles and as hotels, restaurants and attractions are quite spread out car hire is the most convenient way to get around. Parking is also free. Taxis are readily available and inexpensive.

Food and drink

Arabic cafes, shisha, lavish hotel restaurants on the beach and local dining  on the Corniche, there’s plenty to indulge in. Expect Indian, Lebanese and Turkish influences, fresh seafood platters and a very intriguing camel’s milk ice cream. You’ll find authentic Moroccan restaurants, glamorous New York-style steakhouses and world-class sushi menus.

Ras al Khaimah key facts

Time difference

GMT +4 hours

Currency

Dirham

Flying time to destination

Dubai - 6¾ hours
Abu Dhabi - 7 hours

Language

Arabic. English is widely understood.

Passport & visas

UK passport holders require a visa which is available on arrival.

Ras al Khaimah good to know

Etiquette

• A tourist tax applies to all hotels in Abu Dhabi and is only payable locally.

Tipping

In most cases, a service charge of 15–18 % will be added to your bill.

Religion

Islam