Discover the Arabian magic with top indulgences in Ras Al Khaimah
The northern most Emirate of the UAE is an Arabian delight which is often visited by the locals in Dubai to escape the nuisances of the city. With golden sandy beaches, lush mangroves, terracotta deserts, and the towering Hajar Mountains, you have everything here to feel relaxed during your weekend getaway.
There are numerous antique archaeological sites, natural attractions, and a host of activities to indulge in Ras Al Khaimah which gives a fascinating insight into the rich culture of the Emirate. Explore the classic local products that range from delicious traditional cuisine to artisanal textiles when you tour Abu Dhabi. One of the perfect sights to explore and sightseeing in this rugged area. Among the popular destinations or spots, the Ras Al-Khaimah National Museum gives the much-needed information about Dubai and its oil age stories. The city is backed by modern amenities and facilities, but it still carries the flavor and taste of the pearl diving and fishing era of the Emirate.
Ras Al Khaimah National Museum
The ruling family resided in this fort till the early 1960s. It houses a fabulous ethnological and archaeological artifacts. The first floor has the Qawasim Room, which contains manuscripts, documents, and copies of the treaties that were signed between Great Britain and the rulers of Ras-Al-Khaimah apart from housing traditional weapons of the ruling family. You will get a brief introduction about Dubai and the ancient life, architecture, date growing, pearl diving, farming, and fishing in the ethnographic section of the museum.
This is a 16th-century classic built of mud-brick and was placed on a hilltop considering it as a strategic location to defend against any attack from the intruders and Great Britain. This fort plays an important role in the history of Ras Al-Khaimah. You can also check out other ruins leftover from the battle of 1891 between the Emirate and the British army from the top of the hill. Overall the views from the fort are worth seeing from all aspects and for people who like to dig deep in history, exploring this beautiful ancient fort is an exercise in itself.
For the people who love history and ancient ruins, this place would be like heaven. This abandoned fishing village is home to a beautiful natural landscape and offers a perfect sightseeing opportunity. The coral-block architecture is one of the highlights of this place. In the earlier era before the oil boom, the Emirati inhabitants used to earn their daily wages through pearl diving and fishing. This village has been left for a slow decay and the climate has further enhanced the preservation of the historic buildings that are infused with a lost-in-time atmosphere.
With the neighboring Hajar Mountains is the site of this small village named Shimal. This is home to pre-Islamic tombs during the settlement from 2000-1300 BC. Important archaeological sites in the UAE, which would be every history lover’s delight. Several antique items like weapons made of bronze and copper, stone vessels, pottery, and beads have all been uncovered from archaeological sites. One of the most important discoveries includes the large circular tomb from the Umm Al-Nair period. The small fort from the Islamic-era, Husn Al-Shimal Fort is perched on a rock and offers spectacular views of the city.
The grand Hajar Mountains borders Ras Al-Khaimah and gives it a beautiful scenic background. A perfect way to explore the beauty of nature when you tour Abu Dhabi. The nearby rust-colored desert and the stunning jagged landscapes are something which is very rarely found in UAE. One of the greatest surface exposure of ophiolites, an igneous rock arising from the oceanic crust and has been a keen subject of interest for the geologists from all over the world.
A small portion of the Hajar Mountains. It has been termed as the tallest mountain at 1934 meters above sea level. It is the tallest mountain existent in the UAE. A 20-kilometer long road to the top of the hill represents a snake in a switchback offers spectacular vistas. According to sources, a few major resorts are expected to come up in the region. But for now, you can enjoy one of the most silent and peaceful.