Sandy beaches, warm Gulf waters and access to the Hajar Mountains mean that Ras Al Khaimar (RAK) is well located for providing a wide diversity of attractions and things to do.
Shoppers will certainly enjoy a day browsing for bargains in sportswear, perfume, jewellery and designer goods in the air-conditioned comfort of the RAK Mall, but it is also a great place for sports and entertainment. The Mall includes go-karting, ice skating, football and video games on the second floor. Meet up at half time and share lunch together at the Food Court before heading off for more fun.
Iceland Water Park
When temperatures soar in the summer months you may be glad to cool off at the gigantic 103,000 m2 aqua park. Able to accommodate up to 10,000 visitors, the outdoor park has a penguin theme with Penguin Falls, the Rocky Polar Mountains and even the world’s largest manmade 120-foot high waterfall for cooling off in.
Water slides, chutes, aqua soccer, lazy river, kiddie pools, whirlpool spas, arctic waves and a rain dance pool provide plenty of different ways of getting wet before you plunge into the snorkelling pool at Coral Isle.
Located right in Ras al Khaimar, this outstanding waterpark has stunning views of the Hajat Mountains as a bonus.
Ras Al Khaimar National Museum
The RAK National Museum gives insight into the history and culture of the UAE. The Arabian Peninsula has been occupied for over 3,500 years and the museum has an overwhelming number of exhibits with musical and interactive displays. Documents, weapons and relics from pearl diving, fishing and date farming complement the archaeological artefacts.
Well worth a visit, this cultural museum is in a former ruler’s residence in west RAK city. Closed on Tuesdays, the museum charges a nominal entrance fee of around 3DH.
This small but popular park offers green space in RAK with funfair rides and a train. Bring a picnic and enjoy the games and facilities for a relaxing family day out.
This impressive 16th century fortress was built of baked mud bricks on a rocky foundation. Unfortunately a battle in 1891 against British forces irreparably damaged the fortress, but it is still an impressive sight.
Mohammed Bin Salem Mosque
This huge mosque is the largest traditional mosque in the UAE and is still used for prayers. Built on the site of an 18th century mosque, this impressive building is open to the public outside the times of prayer.
Ras al Khaimar has two beautiful golf courses where playing a round in the sun is pretty much guaranteed. The Al Hamra Golf Club offers a tricky 18-hole championship course around a series of lagoons with gorgeous views of the Arabian Gulf. The par-72 course measures 7,325 yards and offers five tee options making it suitable for every player from novice to accomplished professional. There is an excellent restaurant and an academy for improving your game during your stay.
The Tower Links Golf Course offers similar challenges with a clubhouse, golf academy and floodlit play on the back nine holes. With views of the mangroves and Hajar Mountains, this 18 hole par-72 golf course is 7,200 yards in length with four tees.
As you can appreciate, Ras Al Khaimar has something for visitors of all ages and interests.