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Things to do in Ras al Khaimah

What you can do in RAK once you live here? Beside eating at some of the beautiful restaurants here is a list of a few things “to do”.

As a leisure destination, Ras Al Khaimah provides visitors with a choice of exciting activities and places of interest from water sports, desert experiences, and golf to historical sites and cultural attractions. Whether you’re looking for complete relaxation or an adrenaline rush, you will not be disappointed.


Bassata Desert Village

Live the ultimate desert experience with the Bassata Desert Village! Enjoy a wide range of traditional Arabic activities with dune bashing, belly dancer, Arabic Tanoura, camel riding as well as Arabic barbecue. The Village also provides facilities to experience an overnight stay. The camp is operated by Travco Travel L.L.C

Price:    AED 225 per person
Contact details:   Hisham Hania, Roba Fayed
E-mail:  Hisham.hania@travcotravel.com
Tel:       +971 (0)55-3341526


Prince of Sea

Named after the first Arab seaman Ahmad bin Majid, the “Prince of Sea”, is a motorized sailing yacht offering a variety of sailing trips around the coast of Ras Al Khaimah.Various excursions including daytime, sunset and dinner cruises offering visitors various activities covering swimming, snorkeling and the opportunity of spotting one of the rare green turtles at Al Marjan Island, while enjoying delicious barbequed seafood and other delicacies.

Full day trip:      From 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Dinner Cruise:    From 5:30pm – 21:00pm.

For further information and reservations please contact:

Tel: +971 (0) 503721772
Tel: +971 (0) 55120900
E-mail: yasser@princeofsea.com


Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre

Located in the middle of a nature reserve the Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre offers riding experiences catering for all ages and abilities. Set in the unspoilt environment of the Al Wadi Nature Reserve, the concept of this unique equestrian and adventure centre is conceived from the natural beauty and authentic culture of Arabia. The centre offers unrivalled riding experiences within breath-taking desert landscapes, as well as a range of other fun and exhilarating activities such as camel riding and archery. A passionate team of experts welcome riders and adventurers of all levels and abilities, ensuring that every visit is inspiring.

For reservations or more information email the adv centre at reservation@hakayacollection.com or call +971 7 2435422


Iceland Waterpark

Escaping from the heat, Iceland Water Park offers thrilling amusement to visitors of all ages. With a wide variety of games, water slides and an extensive food court, Iceland is all about having a fun time. The park also boasts of the world’s tallest man made water fall, with facilities for guests to actually be in the midst of it! Iceland is the largest waterpark in the UAE!

Location: Al Hamra

Tel:: +971 (0) 7 2067 888 / 07 2067 810
Website: www.icelandwaterpark.com


Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club

Under the Patronage of HH Sheik Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club is a members’ club for sailing, yachting and water sports enthusiasts. The Royal Yacht Club is instrumental in organising activities like on-water events and competitions for the Marina. The Marina was the host club to the Alinghi Catamaran campaign for the 34th America’s Cup and is one of the stopovers for the International Offshore Race Sailing Arabia Tour. The Royal Yacht Club of Ras Al Khaimah also organizes and hosts a round of the UAE National Sailing Championship. The Al Hamra Marina’s Clubhouse was built to suit the mood and occasions for visitors and water sport enthusiasts. It is the perfect combination of dining facilities and management offices for the Royal Yacht Club.

Location: Al Hamra Village
Tel: +971 (0)7 2432274
Website: www.alhamramarina.com


Falcon Show in Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Falconry is one of the famous traditions in the region. Ras Al Khaimah hosts a unique falcon and raptor display at the first desert spa resort in the Middle East – the Banyan Tree Al Wadi. Featuring the region’s most diverse collection of falcons, hawks, kestrels, owls and eagles, visitors can choose to be a part of the action at the Falconry Deck or just sit back and be amazed. Resident professional falconers fly their team of dedicated birds of prey using both traditional Arabic and “modern” Western techniques. A tour of the world-class Falconry Mews and Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre is the perfect way to round off this one-of-a-kind experience.

Tel: +971 (0)7 206 7777
Email:   Reservation-AlWadi@banyantree.com


Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp

The Bedouin Oasis is an authentic, one of a kind desert camp, which takes inspiration from the traditional lifestyle of the Bedous (nomadic tribes). An evening in the Bedouin Oasis is all about discovering an ancient desert lifestyle, getting close to nature and having a relaxed evening, while indulging in the delicious local cuisine. It’s a fascinating insight to the local culture.

Tel: +971 50 632 5182
Tel: +971 (0)7 2338828
Email:   mathew@orienttransport.ae


Historical Sites

Experience the rich heritage of Ras Al Khaimah, which includes majestic forts and museums – each telling a story of its own. History lovers would enjoy visiting the Dhayah fort, built in the 16th century on a mountain overlooking the Gulf, to fight the British troops. The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, built in mid of the 18th century during the emirate’s invasion by Persians, was originally the house of the Royal Family until 1964. It includes a number of ancient ornaments, discovered in the emirate and is considered the wealthiest monumental museum in the UAE.

Website : http://www.rakheritage.rak.ae

Saqr Park

The Saqr Park is the largest public park in Ras Al Khaimah, known for its vast areas of greenery. It is the perfect spot for adults and kids to unwind and relax.

Location: Al Dhaith South Phone
Tel:       +971 (0)50 3744150


Water Sports

With a number of beaches and modern equipment, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect destination for water sports. With a wide variety of activities, choose your favorite sport from scuba diving, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing and fishing. Treat yourself to a Kayak excursion on the sea or in the mangroves, where the natural surroundings offer an unforgettable experience. For information of water sports in Ras Al Khaimah, please contact the below resorts:


Adventure Sports (Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa)

Arslan Ozturkmen (Director)
Tel:       +971 (0)7 288 8844 (Ext. 5716)
Mobile: +971 (0) 55 1059812)
Email:   arslan.ozturkmen@adventuresports.ae


The Cove Rotana Resort & Spa

Tel:       +971 (0)7 2066000
Email:   res.cove@rotana.com


Beach Parties

Music, dance and beaches make a combination that is second to none when it comes to pure fun! The winter months in Ras Al Khaimah bring with them the excitement and euphoria of beach parties, which enables guests to let their hair down and dance to the tune of the waves and the DJs or bands! To keep yourself updated with the regular upcoming events contact the hotel!

Al Hamra Fort Hotel & Beach Resort

Tel:       +971 (0) 7 244 66 66
Email:   recreation.fort@hamrahotels.com


Seawings

Experience Seawings Urban Experience – a seaplane adventure which takes off from the pristine shores of Ras Al Khaimah on an exciting aerial tour of the city, giving you picturesque views of the Hajar Mountains, the desert and clear blue Arabian Gulf, as well as the rich culture and heritage of the emirate.

Price: AED 1295 per person
Tel: 04-8070708 or 800 SEAWINGS

Golf

Passionate about Golf? Ras Al Khaimah won’t disappoint you with its choice of two 18 – hole championship Golf courses.Ras Al Khaimah boasts two world-class golf courses. Al Hamra Golf Club has an 18 hole course with five tee options incorporating open water lagoons and desert landscapes. The other course is Tower Links which is a 7,199 yard, Par 72, 18 hole layout set against the backdrop of the Hajar mountains amidst a mangrove reserve.

Al Hamra Golf Club

Location:           Al Jazirah Al Hamra
Tel:       +971 (0)7 244 7474
Web:     www.alhamragolf.com
Tower Links Golf Club
Location:           Khuzam
Tel:       +971 (0)7 227 9939
Web:     www.towerlinks.com

Fishing

Go for an unforgettable offshore adventure. Experience the beautiful coast and crystal clear waters Ras Al Khaimah has to offer.

Available in all Ras Al Khaimah Resorts

Perfect for: Beginners and Skilled Anglers

Fish you can expect to catch: King Fish, Barracuda, Cobia, Travallies, Hamour, Snappers, Queen Fish, Sherry etc.

 

Bowling

Bowling is a fantastic indoor get away for family and friends alike! Ras Al Khaimah consists of two modern bowling centres within the city, with facilities for snacks and some other indoor games.

Brunswick Bowling
Location: Faisal Road, near General Police Station
Tel:       +971 (0)7 2355313

Super Bowling
Location: Bin Dhaher Street, opposite Etisalat
Tel: +971 (0)7 2289595

Tennis

RAK tennis provides tennis services to schools, hotels and communities in RAK – there are a variety of programmes available.

RAK Tennis (09:00 am – 09:00 pm)
Tel: +971 (0) 50 954 7084
Tel: +971 (0) 52 869 4973
Email:   info@raktennis.com
www.raktennis.com


Archery

Looking for some action with bow and arrow? The Archery Range of Banyan Tree Al Wadi and its tented deck is the perfect location to be guided by professional instructors on the basics of this ancient sport that will challenge your strength and accuracy. The recreational team will make sure that both children and adults will enjoy this exclusive activity.

Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Tel:       +971 (0)7 206 7777
Email:   reservations-alwadi@banyantree.com

RAK Heritage: Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque

Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque is the largest surviving traditional mosque in the UAE, and is still in use in Ras Al Khaimah Old Town. Archaeological excavations revealed the presence of an earlier mosque, dating back to the second half of the 18th century (date as indicated by preliminary analysis of the finds). Historical records indicate a mosque was at this place since the 16th century, but earlier versions could not be found owing to the confined test trenches. With respect to the later 18th century mosque, excavations revealed that it was destroyed during the British occupation between 1819 – 1820 and that the current mosque was built on its foundations. It has undergone several renovations and expansion phases up to the present day.

The Mosque is open to public for Prayers.
The tourists can visit the Mosque only outside of Prayer time.

 

RAK National Museum
Web: www.rakheritage.rak.ae/pages.php


Mountain Sports

Ras Al Khaimah is backed by the mighty Hajar Mountains, which roll down to the shore dramatically making this a great base for exploring and sightseeing in a rugged area. Challenging Adventure LLC is an Outdoor Education Adventure Activities company registered in Ras al Khaimah. Challenging Adventure provides highest quality instruction with a variety of outdoor activities for student groups, visitors, tourists or residents in the tranquil settings of RAK. Get into the nature and take part in exciting adventure activities while taking in the sights of what Ras al Khaimah Mountains, Desert, Mangroves and Coast has to offer. All the activity & camping equipment along with food are provided if required. Corporate days and events are a great way to bring a work force together this is an area we are venturing into going forward.

The activities are run by highly trained British staff who follow the health and safety standards and requirements.

Activities offered:

Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Kayaking – Sea & Mangroves, Aqua Orienteering, Raft Building, Trekking / Orienteering – Mountain & Desert, Archery, Team Building Workshops, Camping Residentials, Weekend camping for individuals and families

Contact: lizzy@challengingadventure.com
Tel: +971561060798
www.challengingadventure.com

 

National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is located In the western part of Ras Al Khaimah city in a fort that was the residence of the ruling family until the early 1960s. The National Museum houses a collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts. The Qawasim Room on the first floor contains documents, manuscripts and treaties between the rulers of Ras Al Khaimah and the UK Government, as well as some traditional weapons belonging to the ruling family. The museum’s exhibits feature discoveries from the earliest settlers to the late Islamic period. Traditional life in Ras al-Khaimah is the highlight of the Ethnographical display. Visitors will learn about architecture, pearl diving, date agriculture, farming and fishing in the various galleries.

Location: Ras Al Khaimah Old City
Website: www.rakheritage.rak.ae
Phone: +971 (0)7 2333411
Email: nmrak@emirates.net.ae


Khatt Springs

The museum’s exhibits feature discoveries from the earliest settlers to the late Islamic period. Traditional life in Ras Al Khaimah is the highlight of the Ethnographical display. Visitors will learn about architecture, pearl diving, date agriculture, farming and fishing in the various galleries.

Location: Near Golden Tulip Khatt Springs Resort & Spa


Al Qawassim Corniche

Enjoy stunning views, savor exquisite cuisines at Al Qawassim Corniche. The corniche spread over an area of 41,000 square feet, has cafés, shops, restaurants housed in historic fort tower-like buildings, set amidst meandering walkways and landscaped gardens complete with water fountains and running streams. It offers spectacular views of the RAK Creek, the mangroves and the mountains beyond and provides an array of leisure options for tourists and families. The facilities offered include outdoor dining, yacht trips through the creek, water sports, rides on horse-drawn carriages and sightseeing tours onboard double-decker buses.

Location: Corniche

Awafi Desert

The Awafi region of the desert is well known for its famous annual festival. There are children’s play areas, bull fighting, camel riding, football tournaments, horse racing, 4×4 dune bashing, off-road competitions, motor cycling shows and a heritage village.

Location: Awafi desert. Drive towards RAK Airport, opposite to Saqr Park, turn right shortly after the RAK National Markets.


Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies on a helicopter tour to see Ras Al Khaimah’s amazing skyline! On this scenic helicopter flight you’ll soar through the sky and experience a bird’s eye view of Ras Al Khaimah’s 65 km shoreline, desert, mountains and famous landmarks.

Highlights:

– Take a scenic Ras Al Khaimah helicopter tour.
– Come face-to-face with the iconic Jebel Jais.
– The perfect way to view the Ras Al Khaimah’s diverse landscape.
– Live commentary provided in-flight.
– Fly in comfortable, modern state-of-the-art aircraft.

For reservation please contact:

Tel: +971 7 22 64 8 64
Mob: +971 55 766 0340
Mob: +971 55 5282425
Email: 11alrayan@gmail.com


4 hour Hiking Tour Jais Mountain, Ras Al Khaimah

A guide will lead you on the trek where you will explore an abandoned village, traditional old houses, water wells, mountain field systems and beautiful sceneries and views.

Difficulty level: Beginner.

Dress code: Sports wear, sport shoes, hat.

Cost: AED 225 per person (minimum of 4 people), including transportation and soft drinks.

Advance booking required.
Web: www.wonderlead.net
Tel: 07 2433577

RAK Kart driving

Located on the E11 in Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah. RAK Track is a state of the art karting complex featuring a 1.1 kilometer track. Offering Arrive and Drive activities for children and adults with the availability of corporate events, group bookings and birthday parties.

Contact:

Tel: +971 56 358 2875
raktrack@ggikarting.com

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