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Ras Al Khaimah

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With over 7,000 years of fascinating history and culture, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect halal friendly experience in the UAE. Offering magnificent landscapes, breathtaking coastlines and rich, terracotta desert planes, the emirate has firmly established itself as the UAE’s most authentic destination in the Middle East.

 
With year-long sunshine and 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches, just 45 minutes from the busy metropolis of Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah offers an entirely unique experience from its neighbouring emirates.  Discover rich traditions and ancient history, with thousands of years of recorded human history, Ras Al Khaimah is steeped in rich Arabian culture and a fascinating Bedouin heritage. Eat like a local and enjoy an authentic Machboos (meat or fish with rice cooked with special spices), Thereed (a local stew) and Fareed (vegetable stew with bread).  Take a drive up to Jebel Jais at sunrise to enjoy incredible views and the morning breeze atop the UAE’s highest mountain. On the way back, stop off at Dhayah Fort, set amid date palm groves. 

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  • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
  • Currency: Emirati Dirham
  • Flying Time from the UK: 7 hours to Dubai
  • Visa: 30-day visa-waiver for UK citizens
  • Our Highlight: The Jebel Jais zip line!

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Highlights

The emirate is not short of things to do and places to stay. Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais is the highest mountain in the UAE and home to the world’s longest zip line. Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies can travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais mountain. 

 
With over 60 kilometres of calm, crystal clear coastline and ideal water temperatures all year round, it’s no surprise that Ras Al Khaimah is a hotspot for Fareed water sports; take your pick from scuba diving, jet skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, flyboarding and more.  Alternatively, set your lures and reel in the catch of your life on a deep sea fishing trip along the sapphire waters of the Arabian Gulf. 
 
Pause to enjoy that characteristic Arabian hospitality with some relaxation time in the spa or a lazy afternoon tea before heading home. On the way, stop off to take a quick look around Jazirat Al Hamra, an abandoned village that offers a feel of how locals lived before the rapid development of modern times. Visit the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. Housed in an old fort that dates from the early 19th century, the museum is a fascinating insight into the history of the UAE, with displays of artefacts that encompass thousands of years of civilisation.

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Muslim Friendly Amenities

Staying true to its culture and heritage, Ras Al Khaimah will take you on a spiritual journey of faith and architecture through its unique mosques around the emirate.  Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the most recognisable buildings in Ras al-Khaimah. It is a common point of reference. It is on the old Al Qawasim Corniche road in the Dafan Al Khor neighbourhood. Archaeological excavation and restoration work finally came to an end on the Mohammad Bin Salem Mosque. During the renovation work, modern additions were removed from the inside and outside.

 
Ras Al Khaimah’s cuisine is known for its delicious dishes and recipes passed from one generation to another. Being seafarers and merchants for centuries, the local people brought exotic plants, spices and recipes from all over the world. Therefore, traces of Indian, Egyptian, Iranian and Turkish influences can also be found in local dishes. Halal food is available in all dining outlets and would recommend sampling local dishes for an authentic experience.

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