10 things you didn't know about Ras Al Khaimah

Find out fun reasons why you should visit RAK

1. Did you know that Ras Al Khaimah is home to the highest mountain in the UAE, Jebel Jais? Standing tall at 1,910 metres, it is ideal for both mountain climbing and mountain biking with impressive views from the summit.

2. Culture vultures can visit the abandoned fishing village of Al Jazirat Al Hamra, just outside Ras Al-Khamah city. This coastal settlement with its traditional coral-block architecture is now a reminder of the simple local life before the oil boom.

3. Ras Al Khaimah boasts 62km of white sandy beaches with clear blue water and watersports aplenty. Ride a banana boat, go body boarding, or even master the arts of wakeboarding and windsurfing.

4. The emirate is home to one of the top 10 date farms in the UAE offering no less than 18 different types of dates.

5. Ras Al Khaimah National Museum will delight history enthusiasts with traditional weapons on display that belong to the ruling family as well as archaeological displays showing the earliest settlers in the area.

6. The Arabic name ‘Ras Al Khaimah’ means ‘top of the tent’, referring to its location in the Northern most part of the UAE.

7. Ras Al Khaimah has a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age which makes it one of the few places in the world that has been continuously settled for over 7,000 years.

8. There are 18 historic fortifications, castles and towers still standing in Ras Al Khaimah.

9. Al Wahabiyyah is one of the oldest art forms of Ras Al Khaimah and is only performed in the emirate, usually on special occasions, feast days and at wedding parties.

10. Ahmad Bin Majid was an Arab navigator and cartographer born in 1421 in Ras Al Khaimah. He is known as the first Arab seaman and became famous in the West as the navigator who helped Vasco da Gama find his way from Africa to India.

The break will last from Monday August 20 until Wednesday August 22

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