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Ras Al Khaimah

Country
United Arab Emirates
State
Ras Al Khaimah
City
Ras Al Khaimah
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is currently undergoing an upgrade. It operates cargo and passenger services to a variety of destinations covering the Middle East, North & East Africa, Central Asia, India and the Far East. Open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, the airport has an open skies policy with no restrictions no frequencies and time of arrival / departure; offers competitive tariffs and storage facilities; is not congested, and has a full offering of duty-free goods, among other services.

By Road

Within Ras Al Khaimah city, the main mode of transport are metered taxis, with public buses operating on long-haul routes and catering mainly to smaller towns, e.g. Sha`am, Rams, and Jazeerah-al-Hamra. A cheap local bus service in Ras Al Khaimah city was due to be launched by June 15, 2010 to ease transport for low-income earners. The first will be between the jumbo intersection in Al Nakheel and Sha’am village. It will have eight stops and buses will take 80 minutes to cover the distance. The second route will start from Al Nakheel and go via the airport road, Digdag and Khatt and turn south to Al Tawain and Adhen on the Fujairah-Ras al-Khaimah border.

Key places to visit
Hajar Mountains, Dhayah Fort, National Museum of Ras al-Khaimah, Saqr Park, Khatts Springs Oasis and Resort


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Places to Visit

Hajar Mountains

The Hajar Mountains slope directly in to the sea with their highest point located in the north. This area is known as the Ru'us Al-Jibal , literal meaning the 'heads of the mountains.' South of the Ru'us Al-Jibal in the Hajar Mountains is igneous and sedimentary rocks.

The Hajar Mountains have the world's greatest surface exposure of ophiolites (igneous rock from the oceanic crust) and are of tremendous interest to geologists.

Visitors can take a day trip to the foothills of the Hajar Mountains to view the rust-colored sand dunes and take in the quiet landscape. The desert is peaceful and the view is always changing.

Dhayah Fort

The Dhayah Fort in Ras al-Khaimah was built of mud-brick in the 16th C on a hill facing the Gulf. It was a strategic military tower that was very important in the history of Ras al-Khaimah. Other ruined fortifications can be seen to the south of the hill and watchtowers are still visible in the nearby town of Rams.

A battle in 1819 between the local people and British forces resulted in the destruction of the historic tower.

The fort is an important tourist destination and the street leading to the fort has been paved. This fortress is located between the palm gardens of Dhayah and the Hajar Mountains.

National Museum of Ras al-Khaimah

The National Museum of Ras al-Khaimah is located behind the Police Headquarters in a fort that was the residence of the ruling family until the early 1960s. The National Museum houses a collection of archeological and ethnological artifacts. The Qawasim Room on the first floor contains documents, manuscript 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 Archeological exhibit in the National Museum features 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.

The Silver collection has a range of objects reflecting the heritage of the silversmiths.

Saqr Park

Saqr Park is the only park in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. It is a popular destination on weekends with children's play areas throughout the park. There is also a rollercoaster and Big Splash ride as well as three halls of electronic games.

Khatts Springs Oasis and Resort

Khatt Springs consists of three springs of hot mineral water. The sulfuric water has relaxing and therapeutic properties.

The Khatt Springs Health Resort is a beautiful resort that lies among the mountains and is surrounded by palm trees. The Islamic design of the surrounding buildings, healthy waters and attractive surroundings attract visitors from inside the United Arab Emirates and from aboard.

Khatts Springs is also home to as many as 170 archeological sites and many tombs. The items uncovered range from stone tools to 19th C mud brick fortification towers. A large number of prehistoric tombs were also discovered in the Khatt Springs area.

Right Time to Visit

October - May

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