There is nothing quite like the great outdoors and those who know this to be true will be happy to find that the dramatic and diverse landscapes of Ras Al Khaimah provide an oasis of exciting, outdoor activities for all ages and interests to enjoy. Read on for a quick glimpse of the myriad adventures that await you in the UAE’s northernmost emirate.
Embark on a Water Sports Adventure
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 thrilling water sports
—take your pick from scuba diving, sailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, flyboarding and more. Or, 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. Fishing excursions are available at all Ras Al Khaimah resorts and provide the perfect offshore adventure for beginners and skilled anglers alike. Expect to catch a vast array of fish species, including King Fish, Barracuda, Cobia, Trevallies, Hamour, Snappers, Queen Fish and Sherry. With over 20 years of experience, the Adventure Sports company operates water sports centres all throughout Ras Al Khaimah and should be at the top of every water lover’s list.
Strap on Your Mountain Gear
Those who believe that the sky is the limit will find paradise in Ras Al Khaimah’s rugged Hajar Mountains, which provide the perfect terrain for mountain sports and activities of all types, including hiking, rock climbing, camping and biking. Take an enchanting excursion through deep canyons, mighty boulders and ancient villages on a day trip to Wadi Shah, located in northern Ras Al Khaimah, and be rewarded with impressive mountain sights around every corner. Or, for a real hiking challenge, be sure to make a visit to Jebel Jais
, the UAE’s tallest peak, and trek up to the 1,930 metre-high summit for a spectacular view that you won’t ever forget. Competitive athletes will also be interested in Adventure HQ’s GCC Hiking Championship, a strenuous but rewarding event in which participants race through the rough terrains of Jebel Jais, with the top of the mountain as the official finish line. Following the success of this year’s inaugural championship, which was held on 26th March 2016 in Ras Al Khaimah, there are plans to make it an annual event.
Discover Arabian Wildlife at Its Best
Whether it involves gazelles, oryx, camels, horses, falcons or owls, the upcloseand personal wildlife experiences that can be had throughout Ras Al Khaimah’s desert landscapes are second to none.
Hitch a joyride on horseback at Ras Al Khaimah’s Equestrian Adventure Centre
, which provides visitors of all ages and abilities with unrivalled experiences set to the breath-taking backdrop of the Wadi Khadija desert, as well a great opportunity to see Arabia’s diverse wildlife in its natural habitat.
If camels are more your style, a visit to either Ras Al Khaimah’s Bedouin Oasis Camp
or Bassata Dessert Village
is sure to satisfy, with camel riding just one among the many traditional Arabic activities on offer.
For bird lovers, Wadi Bih is a tried and true area for bird watching and learning about the region’s avifauna. Or, witness birds of prey in action during an exciting and exclusive raptor show at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi
desert spa resort. Visitors can also admire the UAE’s most diverse collection of falcons, hawks, owls and eagles at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi’s Falconry Mews, an indoor and outdoor facility that also serves as a training facility.
For those with adventurous sprits, the outdoor oasis you crave can be found at the UAE’s northernmost emirate. Just step outside, enjoy the fresh air, get close to nature and embark on an adventure of a lifetime in Ras Al Khaimah!