UAE’s Forgotten Emirate is Now in Limelight

By Rohini Gulipilli

  ●   14 Dec 18


Middle East

Ras Al Khaimah is writing a new story in world tourism diary. The once lesser-known and overlooked emirate of the UAE is now no longer a hidden gem of the country. It is experiencing a boom in tourism and also has received ‘Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2018’ title at the World Travel Awards 2018.

Big things come in small packages. Ras Al Khaimah is a perfect example for that as you can enjoy easy access to desert, beach, and mountains in one small trip. Plan your escape now and begin your adventurous holiday with its popular outdoor activities.

Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Ras Al Khaimah


Jebel Jais Flight – fly like a falcon

Jebel Jais is the leading tourism destination in the country for intrepid travelers. It is the highest mountain of the country and home to the world’s longest zip line where you can ride at a speed of up to 120 kph to 150 kph. Experience the thrilling zip line ride which is at a height of 1,680 meters above the sea level. Jebel Jais Flight takes approximately three minutes to cross the 1.74-miles long zip line.

Things to know

  • The participant should be between 40 Kg and 130 Kg of weight, and minimum height should be 1.22 meters.
  • Every participant is protected by high safety equipment.
  • Participant must feel comfortable even after the gears strapped. Athletic clothing is recommended.


Via Ferrata

Via FerrataThe Via Ferrata or Iron Road is the region’s most exciting and thrilling activity. It includes three courses along the rocky paths of Jebel Jais – The Ledge Walk, the Middle Path, and Julphar Scare. Three courses feature zip lines, measuring 165 feet, 195 feet, and 985 feet respectively. The route is aided by cable, steel pedals and metal-ladder rungs fixed onto the rocks.

Participants will have to prove themselves on a standard course before being allowed on one of the technical routes.

The tours start from 8 AM and 1 PM. The Ledge Walk takes about 4 hours to complete while the Middle Path and Julphar Scare take 3.5 hours and 1.5 hours respectively.

Note: Participants must be at least 12 years old and should weigh at least 41 kgs and no more than 95 kgs.


Bassata Desert Village

Bassata Desert VillageSituated in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah, the Bassata Desert Village offers tourists the best desert experience with dune bashing. You will also have the opportunity to experience camel riding, camping, and a traditional Arabic dinner on the desert.

Camping in the desert will allow you experiencing the lifestyle of the Bedouins, and relaxed evening while indulging in delicious local cuisine.


Hiking trails

Hiking trailsThe Hajar Mountains in the emirate Ras Al Khaimah offers thrilling hiking experience for adventure travelers. The unique thing about the Hajar Mountains is that it takes intrepid travelers uphill (reaching 1,910 meters height) where they can set up a camp and enjoy panoramic views.

The Copper Hike is another ideal choice for a perfect day hike and also suitable for beginners. The circular route stretches 7 kilometers long and passes through two beautiful wadis and one open plateau.


Beaches and water sports

watersportsRas Al Khaimah’s unspoiled beaches top the list of reasons why people are visiting this emirate. Beach lovers have plenty of options to choose from. For thousands of years, people have enjoyed fishing and boating on the coasts of Ras Al Khaimah. Now the tourists have more fun than ever before with its variety of water sports like fishing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, water skiing, kayaking, banana boat rides, scuba diving and many more.

Tourists can find the necessary equipment and training at the beach resorts such as Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa, the Al Hamra Fort Hotel and Beach Resort, and the Cove Rotana Resort and Spa.


Let your adventurous holiday begin in Ras Al Khaimah


Rohini Gulipilli

For there's no greater love than the love for wandering – Rohini swears by this and follow this by heart. Her articles portrays the way she is – clear and confident.

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