Eight reasons why RAK is an outdoor lovers’ paradise
Time Out gives you eight reasons why RAK is an outdoor lovers’ paradise, including things to do in Ras Al Khaimah such as golf, water sports, trekking and more activities.
We feel for you: summers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are as sweltering as they come, and it’s not as if most of us can afford the luxury of heading to cooler lands for an extended summer holiday. Worry not though, because a short one-and-a-half hour’s drive away lies a place with much more bearable temperatures and a stack of amazing outdoor activities: Ras Al Khaimah. Scroll through the gallery to find out what awaits you and your friends and family in RAK.
Golf: For a chance to tee off on a different course to those in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, head to RAK’s Al Hamra Golf Club, with guest rates starting at Dhs300 for 18 holes and Dhs195 for nine.
Water sports: Even if you’ve already zipped through the sea on a jet ski or paddled downstream in a canoe, there are other amazing water-themed activities available in RAK, such as this futuristic fly board. See what it feels like to ‘surf’ through the air with Fly Fish Water Sports for Dhs400 per person.
Beaches: If your idea of a holiday is putting your feet up and getting a tan, know that RAK’s beaches are truly fantastic. Whether it’s bathing in one of the natural lagoons or hanging at the well-serviced resort beaches, you won’t find it hard to head back home glowing.
Traditional sports: From horse riding to archery lessons, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect place to learn a new hobby or experience Emirati traditions such as a falconry display at Banyan Tree Al Wadi, where you can get up and close to other birds of prey such as kestrels, owls and eagles.
Mountain sports: Backed by the awe-inspiring Hajar Mountains, RAK has myriad activities for the outdoorsy and sporty types. Challenging Adventures LLC offer abseiling, trekking, hiking, rock climbing, for adults and children.
Fishing: If you’re looking for some peace and quiet out at sea and want to head home with dinner under your arm, know that king fish, barracuda, cobia, hamour and other fish are swimming in RAK’s waters. Contact www.adventuresports.ae to find out about boat and equipment rental.
Glamping: If you’re not familiar with the term, put the following two words together: glamour + camping. From the Bedouin Oasis Camp to Banyan Tree Al Wadi, staying in outdoor accommodation isn’t necessarily roughing it in RAK. In fact, the first five-star camp site in the region is currently being developed on top of Jais Mountain, 2,000 metres above sea level.
Sightseeing: The 16th century Dhayah fort and the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah are both must-sees for history lovers looking to understand the UAE’s heritage.