Experience 24 hours of Ras Al Khaimah’s most luxurious offerings. Allow Safarak to take you on a bespoke journey. A private chauffeur will pick you up in a luxury Lincoln 4WD for an exhilarating off-road ride to the UAE’s highest mountain Jebel Al Jais
. The experience includes a picnic spread that comes with a side of sweeping views of the Ras Al Khaimah landscape that include the Arabian Sea, mangroves, acacia forests and the majestic Hajar Mountains.
For the afternoon, Safarak will drop you off at one of Ras al Khaimah’s premier experiences- the Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel
, a luxury resort and experience centre in the thick of the Al Wadi Nature Reserve. Unwind at the world-class Spa! Close the day with a private dinner, complete with your own personal chef and butler, at the top of a traditional watchtower.
Begin your day with a traditional Emirati breakfast of Balaleet (Sweet vermicelli topped with egg) or Chbaab (pancakes) in Ras Al Khaimah City. Continue on a walking trail of Ras Al Khaimah Old Town, experiencing the simple life of times past.
Head next, to the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum
, the former palace of the ruling family. The Museum now features traditional weapons, belonging to the ruling family, as well as archaeological displays illustrating the earliest settlers in the area. Spend some time at the unassuming Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque, not far from the Museum. It is the largest surviving traditional mosque in the UAE and has a view of the sea, past the Old Corniche. For a bit of the local flair, go fabric shopping at the Kuwaiti Souq and get yourself a bespoke kandora or abaya tailored at Dar Al Gala.
For lunch, eat like a local at one of the cafeterias on the Corniche, or pack yourself a picnic. Make sure to try the famous honey cake at Asayel that has been a winner with Ras Al Khaimah residents for years. Take a break and relax at the Old Corniche Beach.
Ladies should stop at one of the many local salons and try henna, the traditional custom of the region. Emirati women often wear henna designed for weddings and special occasions. You can choose from hundreds of Arabic and Indian designs.
Men can head to Ras Al Khaimah’s oldest Popular Café on the other side of the creek for a shisha (instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco,) a favourite activity among Ras Al Khaimah’s menfolk.
Take an abra (traditional small boat) to Al Qawasim Corniche
on the other side of the creek, a beautiful location with perfectly manicured lawns, waterfront restaurants, walking and running tracks and a view of the lush mangroves that are unique to Ras Al Khaimah.
Make your way to the rooftop terrace of Yansoon
restaurant at the Corniche. The traditional Arabic spread and numerous fruity concoctions perfectly complement the view of the gigantic flag post as well. Wait for dusk to see the beautifully lit up Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque
in a distance. At the Corniche, you can also treat yourself with a cruise on the creek in a traditional dhow- the perfect experience to close the day of cultural exploration.
For those in search of adventure, Ras Al Khaimah has the perfect backdrop and offerings to captivate you.
Start the day on a sunrise camel trek through the desert. If you’re up for the challenge, attempt the Via Ferrata, our latest adventure sport offering on the way to Jebel Jais
, the UAE’s highest point. Alternatively, drive up to the viewing point and breathe in fresh air whilst you take in the sweeping views of rocky terrain and the Arabian Gulf in the distance.
Following the drive down, choose from one of the many world class hotels and resorts for a quick lunch before the second half of your day spent on the water. Operators such as Adventure Sports and Aqua Aqua or any beach-side hotels like the Waldorf Astoria
, Hilton Resort & Spa or Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach
will help you pick an activity out of an extensive menu of parasailing, scuba diving, fishing, jetskiing, water skiing, wakeboarding or sailing. After an exhausting but fulfilling day, take an abra boat at the Banyan Tree Beach resort, watch the sunset and enjoy some great food overlooking the Arabian Coast.
Start your exciting day at the Banyan Tree Activity Centre and the adjoining Al Wadi Equestrian Centre. Enveloped by the Al Wadi Nature Reserve, both locations are havens for anyone interested in the local flora and fauna. Meet with horses, camels and ponies as well as the quintessential local fauna of oryxes, gazelles and falcons.
After lunch, try a new watersport at one of the many beach side resorts or head to the Ice Land Water Park
to beat the heat of the afternoon. For those with a penchant for speed, you can try karting at RAK Track
that welcomes guests of all ages.
End the day with a scrumptious dinner and the latest games for the young ones at the Pirates Club at Al Marjan island Resort & Spa.
Or the 48 hour
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Dhayah fort
, the last place to fall in the hands of the British in their long war against the Al Qawasim tribe. Walk 300 steps to this 16th century mud-brick fort, which is now a Ras al Khaimah icon, for sweeping views of acacia forests, palm gardens, mangroves and the sea. Visit a date farm at the foot of the Dhaya hill and learn about the 18 varieties of dates that are grown locally.
Travel back in time to the Bin Majid Museum where you can learn about Bin Majid, the famous navigator who was born in Ras Al Khaimah and was integral to the region’s maritime history. For a relaxing lunch by the beach, make your way across the street to the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa
A short drive away, on the other side of the creek is the Kuwaiti Souq
. For a bit of the local flair, go fabric shopping and get yourself a bespoke kandora or abaya tailored at Dar Al Gala.
Spend some time at the unassuming Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque
, not far from the Museum. Located in the Old Town of Ras Al Khaimah, it is the largest surviving traditional mosque in the UAE. For another look into the emirate’s history, visit the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum
. Former palace of the ruling family, then known as Al Hisn Fort, the Museum now features traditional weapons, belonging to the ruling family, as well as archaeological displays illustrating the earliest settlers in the area.
As the sun goes down, enjoy a walk along the Al Qawasim Corniche
that boasts of a rooftop terrace presented as a Majlis, the traditional Emirati area to meet and entertain guests. Enjoy a shisha and an elaborate spread of Arabic delicacies that comes with a side of lush mangroves, all with a backdrop of the majestic Hajar Mountains.
Disappear in the rugged mountains and wadis of southern Ras Al Khaimah for your second day. Pack your 4WDs and pick one of our recommended routes towards Masafi and experience a life far removed from the glitz and glamour of the cities. Make sure not to miss the town market offering everything from locally grown fruits and vegetables to handmade pottery. The market especially comes alive on Fridays.
Spend the afternoon kayaking through the mangroves or at the beach. For adventure lovers, Ras Al Khaimah’s beachside properties offer a vast array of watersports. For those wanting to luxuriate, the spas at the Waldorf Astoria
, Banyan Tree
or the Marjan Island Resort and Spa
have many treatments to choose from.
End the day by taking in the views at the 18th hole at the Al Hamra Golf Course
in one of its many bars and restaurants. Alternatively, head to the Al Hamra Village
and choose from a selection of restaurants and cafes such as Muse
at the Marina. If you are looking for a luxurious evening, look no further than the dining options at the Waldorf Astoria
at the Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach.