What to do and see in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: The Best Places and Tips

December 18, 2017 Sheron Bogner

The U.A.E.'s northernmost Emirate offers a wealth of diversions between its miles of white sandy beaches and turquoise sea, majestic Hajjar Mountains and magnificent desert sand dunes. Catch a camel race, try your hand at the shooting range or soar with a microlight aircraft at Jazirah Aviation Club. Taxis and rental cars are available, and it's an easy 40-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. Don't miss Ras Al Khaimah Museum, the 120-store Manar Mall or the area's amazing belly dancers.
Restaurants in Ras Al Khaimah

1. Jabal Jais

Ras Al Khaimah 55577789, United Arab Emirates
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 588 reviews

Jabal Jais

Reviewed By Edwin F

This is my very first time camping with my family and friends, and I can say that I really enjoy so much. Good weather, picturesque view enjoying sharing with friends. I advice when you are going here make it sure you bring everything you need, as you can't buy it on the mountain. Best camping time for me is during winter season here in UAE. After camping make it sure you clean everything in your place or else a fine of 10,000 aed. Im sure you will also enjoy going here and make yourself warm :D

2. Ice Land Water Park

Al Jazeera, Al Hamra | Port Saeed, Ras Al Khaimah 6581, United Arab Emirates +971 7 206 7888
Excellent
36%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 741 reviews

Ice Land Water Park

The Ice Land Water Park is the first offering of the WOW RAK destination, a unique water park with extensive theming in snow and ice offering a mix of traditional water park attractions as well as non conventional and novel water park attractions.

Reviewed By Bindu T - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The rides are fun though monotonous......need to add on more challenging rides...all in all ...its a must visit place at least once.....

3. Al Hamra Mall

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Salem Road, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates +971 7 243 4444
Excellent
23%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 704 reviews

Al Hamra Mall

Reviewed By nawabvinod - Indore, India

Not having more shopping points but one side is Jwelled by Spinneys and nearby having Starbucks, these two junctions are most popular. Spinneys is worth for fresh fruits, and Max provides some attractive deals there. There are some good junctions at first floor at opposite end. Whole wooden crafted interior is worth to photograph.

4. Ras Al Khaimah National Museum

Rak City, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates +971 7 233 3411
Excellent
26%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
10%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 225 reviews

Ras Al Khaimah National Museum

Reviewed By MomofJoakim - Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

The museum is that of an interesting conglomerate of two-storey buildings surrounding a central courtyard. The big rectangular tower is the most impressive feature and a smaller tower occupies the opposite corner. Another prominent building is the wind tower, representing the traditional air conditioning of the past. Its open sides are designed to catch the breeze from any ​direction and funnel it down into the room below keeping it cool and ventilated, especially during hot summer months. The museum exhibits archaeological, historical and ethnographical objects. All exhibition rooms are situated around the inner courtyard garden and can be entered through antique wooden doors with traditional carved designs. The various galleries contain a rich variety of archaeological finds, historical information and aspects of the cultural heritage of this emirate. I went there a little late with my younger son and so we weren't able to explore everything because it was already dark, will go back soon with my two kids and the older one can't wait for his turn to visit it. A must visit if only to catch a glimpse of the past history of this beautiful emirate we call home for the past 11 years. ☺️

5. Manar Mall

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates +971 7 227 0000
Excellent
18%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 208 reviews

Manar Mall

Mall includes 120+ stores, a six-screen cinema house, water sports, picnicking facilities, an electronic games center, dining area, an entertainment center, a Promenade and a beach.

Reviewed By Gussy1dog - Northwich, United Kingdom

Decent enough shopping mall but that Al Hamara one adjacent to the Waldorf is in my opinion better. It looks like it's to be extended so no doubt it will improve. There is a very good supermarket at one end. The taxi drive from the Waldorf is approximately 10 quid each way, so it's not a rip off. There is a very, very nice chocolate shop called Patchi.

6. Al Sawan Camel Track

Al Sawan, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Al Sawan Camel Track

10 km circular racetrack offers camel racing from September to April.

Reviewed By Ablett N - Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

i found this place by accident when out on an exploratory drive i find it very peaceful and quiet
Good place for mindfulness and reflection
The guys ride the camels around and are always courteous and friendly
I have never actually been to the races themselves but from childhood memories in Bahrain imagine they are very loud and lively events.
Some times i have come across groups of people with camels and grooms in a market set up
With people driving round and looking at the camels and then discussing beauty, speed and breeding
Love this place

7. RAK Mall

Rak Mall Khuzam Rd | Near Capital Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates +971 7 207 0300
Excellent
24%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 157 reviews

RAK Mall

Opened in 2012, RAK Mall combines the best in retail with fine dining and entertainment for the entire family. With local and international fashion brands, jewellery and accessories stores, cosmetics outlets, electronic stores etc, RAK Mall offers an unparalleled experience to residents and visitors to the Emirate. Developed and managed by Line Investments & Property LLC- a division of Lulu Group International, RAK Mall has a built-up area of approximately 700,000 square feet and is also noteworthy for its striking architecture, which at the same time is spacious and well-laid. In addition to the Emirate's flagship largest and only Lulu Hypermarket spread over 170,000 square feet, RAK Mall also features food court outlets, coffee shops and dine-in outlets. However, the activities that could be enjoyed at the mall are not just confined to incredible shopping and opulent dining, people can also engage in a number of fun activities such as Ice skating, Go Karting, Foot Ball and 7 Dimensional(7D) Cinema all within the Mall's Climate controlled and safe Environment, this along with the best brands make the mall a destination for those in and around the Emirate and Tourists- a retail and leisure experience for the entire family.

Reviewed By Azin D - Sacramento, California

Ras al khaima surprised me as it seemed just like the other emirates. The rak mall was really nice inside and had a good experience shopping there. once we stepped outside of the mall which was the backside it was a whole different world. it was the most beautiful views. there is a lake and palm trees and grass as far as the eyes could see. The outside was spotless and outdoor restaurant Seating is available and you should definitely give it a try. there is go karts to rent and drive. there is a small boat you can ride as well across the lake for a price. the view and scenery here is a must see so much more than the mall itself. this is more of sight seeing on its own.

8. Fun City

Manar Mall Al Muntasir Rd, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates +971 7 228 1881
Excellent
44%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 60 reviews

Fun City

Reviewed By noodles3

Fun city is an area which has arcade games and some rides. They use a card system which you charge up on arrival and then use this for the games. Playing wins you tickets which can be exchanged or saved on your card for next time.
Worth a visit if you have kids..

9. Dhayah Fort

Rams-shaam Rd, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Excellent
28%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Dhayah Fort

Reviewed By Spilingoto - Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Extremely disappointed to find one of the very few monument of the UAE history mostly abandoned , full of garbage with plastic bottles everywhere.

10. Fortress Al Jazeera Al Hamra

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Excellent
49%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Fortress Al Jazeera Al Hamra

Reviewed By Kenneth W - Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Jazirat Al Hamra Old Town is pretty much a run-down, abandoned village. Legend has it that it's rife with jinns (genies?) which drove the previous residents out, and is a popular destination for youngsters to test their mettle and nerve by staying overnight in the ruins. The architecture is simple, and the bricks used to build this village are quite interesting as many seashells and corals were mixed into the brick. Wear comfortable shoes (covered shoes) that offer protection as you wander through the ruins, bring a large bottle of water, and a camera to document this area - I honestly don't think it will stay this way in the coming 2-3 years!

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