Top 30 Things To Do In Ras al Khaimah, UAE - Updated 2022

things to do in Ras Al Khaimah
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Ras Al Khaimah relishes its historical glory at the northern part of the United Arab Emirates. Ruled by Saud Al Qassimi, the city is known for beautiful gold deserts and lovely landscapes. Therefore, the excitement this destination brings is based mainly on adventures. RAK city as it fondly called is rich in historical monuments and hence attracts many tourists all over the world. Places like Dhayah Fort and National Museum are hotspots that you must never miss in RAK. Apart from the beauty and excitement, there is so much history to learn here. In addition to this, RAK is home to different deserted places with their own mythology for a traveler with a curious mind. Intrigued? Read on to discover the most exciting things to do in Ras al Khaimah, UAE.

1. Ride through RAK desert on a safari (from USD 69.0)

things to do in ras al khaimah | ride through rak desert on a safari

At Ras al Khaimah desert, it is an adventure all the way so note that it is not suitable for pregnant women and people with back pain. You either take a 4WD ride or seat comfortably on a camel through Arab’s golden dunes. The desert landscapes are beautiful and magnificent so you might want to bring along your camera. The sunset view through the desert safari is so thrilling yet relaxing but that’s only the beginning of your evening. As the day gets darker, you get to feast on a well-grilled barbecue for dinner as you watch the best of hypnotizing Arab dance.

Ras Al Khaimah: Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

Duration: 6 hour

437 reviews

2. Enjoy a thrilling zip line adventure (from USD 85.0)

Ras Al Khaimah Zipline holds the Guinness World Record for the longest zip line in the world so you are in for a lifetime adventure. As you fly seamlessly through the Jebel Jais Mountain, you get to witness the UAE’s incredible landscape. The speed is regulated at 150 kph (92.2 mph) so that you don’t miss the excitement due to fear of height, but you will be guided by instructions anyway. Get a helmet ready and wear fitted clothing, i.e., sportswear for the exciting adventure that could take half a day. The zip line experience is opened for adults and kids; however, those below 17 will be accompanied by a specialized guide.

Ras Al Khaimah Zipline Adventure from Dubai

Duration: 6hrsDuration

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3. Climb Jebel Jais Mountain

A view from the road up Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Stevenmccombe used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The view at the top of Jebel Jais Mountain is one thing to behold during morning and evening when the sun sets. While climbing under the hot sun, you might feel a little discouraged but as you get higher, the temperature subsides. Enjoy a real picnic with a small group at the top of the mountain. Make it more exciting with a camera and a music box for entertainment. Don’t panic about being lost within the landscapes; there are signages to guide you through to and from the top. There are restrooms and restaurants on top with barbecue to make your adventure complete.

Jebel Jais Mountain

Address: North Ras al Khaimah 哈伊马角 - United Arab Emirates

Website: Jebel Jais Mountain

4. Play golf at Al Hamra Golf Club


The sight of the beautiful green grass at Al Hamra will set your mind at ease, and that’s just the beginning. The golf course is the best place to learn the sport and also exercise yourself. A coach is always on the ground to help you learn and swing like a real professional. At Al Hamra Golf Club, the customer service is world-class and it also boasts of a restaurant that serves well-grilled barbecue. The golf club is world standard, featuring 18-hole par 72, and it’s 7,325 yards (6.7 km) wide.

Al Hamra Golf Club

Address: Al Hamra Village,Behind Al Hamra Mall - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Al Hamra Golf Club

Opening hours: 7am - 11pm (daily)

Price: From 56 USD

5. Learn RAK's history at RAK National Museum

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Rankin73 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

If you are fascinated by history and archaeological exhibits, Ras al Khaimah National Museum, close to RAK Fort, should be at the top of your list. The museum accounts for well-treasured historical knowledge and insights. The fascinating building itself, like many buildings in RAK, is over 200 years old. The ancient masterpiece will welcome you and a small group into learning about the rich history of the UAE. Learn and see everything about Ras al Khaimah. View ancient fishing collections and other lovely artifacts on display.

RAK National Museum

Address: Al Hisn Rd - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: RAK National Museum

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 8am - 6pm; Fri: 3pm - 7:30pm

Price: 1.5 USD

6. Experience local Arabian life at Bassata Village

Posted by Настя Двірничук on Thursday, 15 August 2019

This village is a small getaway in the middle of Ras al Khaimah desert. Bassata Village is a local delight. If you want to see the everyday evening life of a typical RAK local, Bassata Village is where to be. Enjoy belly dancing and amazing fire dancing, which are the major entertainment shows after the sunset at this bustling village. The evening atmosphere is perfect for couples who might have spent the entire day riding on camels at the nearby desert. Indulge in the fanfare, including local music, fire camp, soft drinks, barbecue, and many more that make a perfect evening.

Bassata Village

Address: Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

7. Watch kart races at RAK Track

Photography by Vibrant Sorcery (sean@vibrant-sorcery.com)

Posted by RAK TRACK on Friday, 4 March 2016

Visit the best track in the UAE for a fun-filled kart racing spectacle. The track is powered by Go-Kart: the company that produces the open-wheel car used for racing. The track is a sight to behold - well laid-out and correctly set. However, it is advisable to bring your helmet along to take part in the fun racing on Ras Al Khaimah Track. RAK Track is also a great place to have a nice party with your kids and have their adrenaline rushing with unlimited fun. The customer service is top-notch and the prices are affordable for the kind of services offered.

RAK Track

Address: E11 Sheikh Mohammad Bin Salem Road - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: RAK Track

Opening hours: Sat: 2pm - 11pm; Mon - Wed: 3:30pm - 10:30pm; Thu: 3pm - 11pm; Fri: 2pm - 12am (closed on Sun)

8. See the beautiful but deserted Al Qassimi Palace

Posted by Muhammed Hussain MH on Friday, 23 August 2019

This remarkable castle is one of Ras al Khaimah’s many attractions for curious tourists. At Al Qassimi, you will only be allowed to look at the fantastic structure but you won’t be allowed entry even if you have the courage to, amidst its accompanying myths. You will be thrilled by the historical building that was said to have cost over USD 100 million and built only two decades back. However, the famous haunted palace is simply for curious sightseers and adventurers who want to find out the truths behind the myths surrounding the beautiful yet empty castle.

Al Qassimi Palace

Address: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Rd - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

9. Get a spectacular view of the beautiful mountains at Jebel Jais Viewing Deck

Posted by Samrat Parida on Saturday, 8 June 2019

Get ready to create memorable moments at the Jebel Jais Viewing Deck. On the deck, you are in between an array of mountains and sea with breathtaking views. It is a fantastic site for a picnic with your family. Benches are available to sit and watch while different local vendors are around to serve you with tasty local meals. See more landscapes with different telescopes mounted in different areas at Jebel Jais viewing deck. Your kids can play at the ice ring available on the floor while you enjoy your sight-seeing. The fun is doubled on weekends as more people flock in after a stressful week.

Jebel Jais Viewing Deck

Address: Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Jebel Jais Viewing Deck

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 11pm

10. Visit the strange Ghost Village

Posted by Meghna Khorshed on Thursday, 11 July 2019

Looking for a bone-chilling adventure to feed your curious mind? The Ghost Village in Ras Al Khaimah is the place to visit. The haunting hub of RAK, the Ghost Village consist of over 300 desolated building and structures–an entire community reportedly haunted by ghost according to local myths. Nevertheless, beyond the unconfirmed stories, it’s the purest form of RAK’s history. So, come with your camera and have fun taking pictures of the ancient and uncompleted walls that reveal archaic civilizations. But many locals still insist that you steer clear of the area at night.

Ghost Village

Address: Al Jazirah Al Hamra - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

11. Go on a hike at Wadi Naqab

Posted by UAE Mountain Club on Saturday, 5 December 2015

Wadi Naqab, boasting of a height of about 17 km (10.6 mi) is the perfect place to go hiking in the Arabian city. The site offers two tall landscapes for hikers who wish to climb through the winding rocks of the ancient hill in Ras al Khaimah. You should not try this if you are pregnant or have back pains as advised by authorities; it is a two hours journey to the top of the hill. However, through the trip, there are safe places to rest and set up camp for recreation. You can also take pictures of the landscape around you. It is a safe place and easy to hike as it is marked with red trails.

Wadi Naqab

Address: Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

12. Take your kids to play at Cheeky Monkey Playland


Cheeky Monkey Playland is RAK’s official kid’s playland. It stretches as far as 278.7 sq m (3000 sq ft) wide for unlimited excitement and fun for kids. Cheeky Monkeys Playland is centered on kids, and it is safe, clean, and very organized. Mothers are also not left behind as they can shop for kids’ stuff and also use the free WiFi service on-site. You can interact with the many locals and tourists although it can become a little hot when overcrowded. You can also watch exciting movies at the cinema within the facility. This recreational site is also a nice spot for birthday parties.

Cheeky Monkey Playland

Address: Al Naeem Mall Bin Daher St,Dafan Al Nakeel - إمارة رأس الخيمة - - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Cheeky Monkey Playland

Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 10am - 10pm; Thu - Sat: 10am - 11pm

Price: From 16.06 USD

13. Enjoy a peaceful picnic at Wadi Bih


At first glance, you might get the impression that Wadi Bih is empty. If so, then you have missed the whole essence of Ras al Khaimah which is open landscapes. Wadi Bih is a quiet and peaceful location for camping, picnicking, and hiking. The tranquil dam there is a sight to behold and a right spot for some recreational moments. The landscape is 1,184.5 km (736 miles) long, so you can spend another four hours of your day hiking in the hills. Do remember to bring your camera for pictures down at the quiet highway or upon the mountains. Wadi Bih is the right place for mind therapy, as described by many tourists.

Wadi Bih

Address: Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

14. Ride gently on a camel at Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure

Posted by Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre on Thursday, 1 September 2016

Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure offers horse and camel rides out in the golden dunes of Ras al Khaimah. The staff that attend to your needs are professional and are as calm as the entire environment, taking you through the desert with great skill and patience. You don’t have to wait in line for a ride because there are just so many camels, horses, and even ponies for your kids to ride on. Evening rides are also exciting; the view of the sunset while you ride is one experience to behold. Other fun activities involving desert animals like the falcon, oryx gazelles, and owls can be enjoyed in the park as well.

Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure

Address: Al Mazraa, Wadi Khadija - The Ritz-Carlton Ras al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)

15. Take a quick selfie beside RAK Fort

things to do in ras al khaimah | take a quick selfie beside rak fort

RAK Fort stands at the heart of Ras al Khaimah city with so many tourists always found around taking pictures. Being very close to the National Museum, the fort has been a center for quick photographs by people coming or going to the museum. RAK Fort also gains its popularity as the second tallest structure in al Khaimah. You are not allowed to enter the white cylindrical structure but do not forget to bring your camera for Instagram-worthy pictures around the area.

RAK Fort

Address: Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

16. Spend time with the kids at Saqr Park


This fantastic park was officially opened in the 1990s. The spacious green atmosphere is ideal for kids; your kids will love it. Enjoy the great taste of food at Saqr Park as they offer barbecue together with other delights. However, Saqr Park is not for kids alone; it is a suitable environment for a family get-together because there is something for everyone. On the amusement park, there is a carousel, bumper cars, and Ferris wheel to spend some happy moments with family. The fun at Saqr Park is endless!

Saqr Park

Address: Airport Road, Near E18 intersection - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Saqr Park

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 7:30am - 11:30pm; Wed: 7:30am - 12am

Price: 5 USD

17. Check out historical monuments at Al Jazira Al Hamra

Did you know the Al Jazeera Al Hamra is one of the oldest coastal villages in the UAE? The area originally depended on the sea for a living; with activities like fishing and trading.

Posted by The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Al Jazira is known as the Red Island and it is an entire city yet abandoned by its citizens. This location is one of the strange places to visit in Ras al Khaimah but it is not entirely deserted like the others. There are houses, buildings, and a peculiar tall mosque, which is the main haunted area according to local myth. Have fun and take pictures at monuments that have remained for more than a century. Al Jazira is also famous for its Fine Arts Festivals and the official Ras al Khaimah Festival.

Al Jazira Al Hamra

Address: Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Website: Al Jazira Al Hamra

18. Take pictures at the top of Masafi Fort


The size of this fort might not be impressive but when you see the crowd outside, you might want to find out what the hype is all about. The well-rounded Masafi Fort is opened to tourists only during the day. Inside, there is the ancient Aflaj Irrigation System within the walls, and it is supported by concrete. It is an excellent place to witness the remarkable construction before heading to the rounded top for some landscape viewing. Masafi Fort is suitable for learning more about the Arabian heritage and it’s also friendly for the kids.

Masafi Fort

Address: Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

19. Go shopping at Al Hamra Mall


This spot is a perfect go-to destination for some time out. You are welcome into a formidable collection of restaurants and cafes at Al Hamra Mall. Don’t get too carried away by the beautiful exterior decoration because you will get twice the thrill inside the mall, with a beautiful chandelier hanging at a corner. It is advisable to dress moderately into the mall where you will find money changers, pharmacy, boutique stores, and much more. When you are through with shopping the Arabian way, visit the on-site cinema to cap off the memorable experience.

Al Hamra Mall

Address: E11 Sheikh Muhammad Bin Salem Rd - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Al Hamra Mall

Opening hours: Sat - Wed: 10am - 10pm; Thu - Fri: 10am - 12am

20. Let your kids enjoy at Fun City—Kids Play Area

Posted by Fun City - come, play! on Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Fun City has been around for more than 15 years and it has different branches all around the world. It is the ideal environment for kids to interact and play, and it is suitable for ages between 1 to 12 years. Relax and have fun with your kids as there are different gaming facilities on the ground. They also help you organize birthday parties for kids. The service at Fun City is just as their motto says: “come, play.”

Fun City - Kids Play Area

Address: Al Naeem City Center Level 1, Sheikh Rashid Bin Said Road, Al Dhait - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Fun City - Kids Play Area

Opening hours: Sat - Wed: 10am - 11pm; Thu - Fri: 10am - 12am

Price: From 11 USD

21. Experience the highest region of RAK at Toroverde

Toroverde UAE After the rains of winter, the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah burst into colour with purple lilies, wild irises and white daisies. #RasAlKhaimah #ToroverdeUAE

Posted by Toroverde UAE on Monday, 4 December 2017

At Toroverde, you have to overcome your fears and fly in the sky across the mountains. However, with the professional help of staff available, there is no need to fear but rather savor the excitement. Enjoy the view of incredible landscapes at RAK’s highest ever zipline; your adrenaline is sure to surpass whatever fear you may feel. Wear a good jacket to keep you warm through the cold height and remember to get a good camera for pictures. Pregnant woman and people with back pain would only have to bring lunch and enjoy watching the landscapes.

Toroverde

Address: Jebel Jais - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Toroverde

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 9am - 4pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

22. Enjoy the best of Indian delicacies at c

things to do in ras al khaimah | enjoy the best of indian delicacies at c
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Enjoy the beautiful Indian food that is worth the price at Indian Palace. The beautiful Indian interior decor is only the beginning of the Indian feel this place evokes. The restaurant is located at RAK Mall, and it is the center of attraction. They offer different varieties of Indian cuisines like sheesh kabab and roti basket, chicken mughani as well as the best of Mughlai foods. If you are a vegetarian, this is the place should be your go-to food joint here. The customer service is indeed splendid and the dining experience at Indian Palace is not one you will forget quickly.

Indian Palace

Address: Food Court, 2nd Floor, RAK Mall - Khuzam Rd - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Indian Palace

Opening hours: 11:30am - 11:30pm (daily)

23. Sip drinks from the roof at Treetop Bar

Marvel at stunning mountain & creek views from the lofty heights of TreeTop Bar whilst enjoying variety of delicious hot...

Posted by DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah on Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Treetop Bar is perched on a skyscraper at Ras al Khaimah Hilton Hotel. You will find a large swimming pool at the bar on the roof while you get a fantastic view of the city. The site is excellent for a casual evening with friends or a small party as dedicated staffs are always ready to attend to you. Enjoy shisha at the bar and remember to save the camera for the views of the beautiful and shining skyline that is best seen at night.

Treetop Bar

Address: Al Jazah Rd - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Treetop Bar

Opening hours: 9am - 12am (daily)

24. Party the night away at Club 55


Without a doubt, party-goers and nightcrawlers will find Club 55 surprising. The clubhouse is forever as hot at night as the heat in the desert. The exterior’s neatness filled with a lovely garden is only to welcome you. Get inside this famous clubhouse and be carried away by the interior decoration that sets you in a party mood. Different DJs spinning every night and a myriad of drinks are some features that attract patrons. At Club 55, it is all-around partying that starts from 10pm till the next day; no wonder it is always filled and bubbling with excitement.

Club 55

Address: Facing cookie accommodation - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Club 55

Opening hours: 10pm - 4:15am (daily)

25. Watch or play football at Emirates Club Stadium

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Posted by Riyas Kasim on Sunday, 18 August 2019

Emirates Club Stadium is one of the first and biggest soccer pitches in the UAE. The multi-purpose stadium was built in 1969. It was renovated and reopened in 2004 and now used as an official stadium of Emirates Football Club. The lovely green grass pitch has a capacity for more than 3,000 people. If you want to learn some new soccer skills, this stadium is also an ideal spot. You can also have fun watching some exciting football games played occasionally.

Emirates Club Stadium

Address: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Rd - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Emirates Club Stadium

26. Test your bowling skills at Super Bowling Centre

Posted by Super Bowling Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday, 7 December 2017

You can take your family out on a bowling experience if you love rolling the ball. Group parties and birthday ceremonies are welcomed and attended to by professional staffs. Also, there are other computer gaming facilities like PS3 and PS4 sets for guests’ enjoyment. But if you are not interested in all that, there is standard table tennis and bowling lessons for kids and moms free of charge.

Super Bowling Centre

Address: Bin Daher St - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Super Bowling Centre

Opening hours: 10am - 2am (daily)

Price: 1.5 USD

27. Catch a movie at Gulf Cinema

Posted by Mohamed Suhail on Saturday, 3 January 2015

Gulf Cinema is a standard place for movie lovers. The excellent Dolby sound and top-quality movies are the things to enjoy here. There is a bar where different types of drinks are available, and you can also get snacks at the restaurant on site before watching your movie. Being the oldest cinema in RAK, the interiors are historical and well-decorated. It is a perfect place for a great family night out.

Gulf Cinema

Address: Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Gulf Cinema

28. Watch outstanding art performances at Ras al Khaimah National Theatre

Hagallah dancing
Source: Photo by user Sarah Canbel used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Ras Al Khaimah National Theatre is the first art theatre in the UAE. Both within and outside, you will be introduced to the history and culture of art in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE. The national theatre has received so many awards for its outstanding plays. Enjoy the best of Arabian performances in this exceptional theatre.

Ras al Khaimah National Theatre

Address: Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

29. Admire the beauty of the region from Dhayah Fort

Dhayah Fort 2
Source: Photo by user Fatima Alzaabi used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Dhayah Fort is the highest hilltop fort in the UAE and ideal for viewing the best landscapes. The tall structure was initially built for security purposes but later became one of the city’s prominent landmarks. You should bring water along for the journey to the top of the fort because you have to climb 333 stairs before you get to the peak. The best is reserved for the evening when the sunsets and the city lights up. You definitely should not forget to bring a camera along for this fantastic moment.

Dhayah Fort

Address: Northern - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: Dhayah FortDhayah Fort

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 5pm (closed on Fri & Sat)

30. Interact with wild animals at RAK Zoo


RAk Zoo is a place to witness some wild beasts and even interact with them up-close. At this rare zoo, more than eight varieties of lions and tigers can be found, and they are very active and well taken care of. Witness the thrilling movements of these aggressive beasts at Ras al Khaimah Zoo, and you don’t have to be scared as they have been tamed. It is a sight to behold and your kids will love the experience.

RAK Zoo

Address: Al Fahlain - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Website: RAK Zoo

Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)

Price: From 11 USD

Experience a memorable adventure in Ras al Khaimah

Ras al-Khaimah Evening December 2015 by Vincent Eisfeld
Source: Photo by user Vincent Eisfeld used under CC BY-SA 4.0

At Ras al Khaimah, adventure and excitement never stop. With these regular activities, many tourists find it difficult to leave the city, and that is understandable. It is a perfect example of a city that never sleeps since there is always something to do. So, if you are getting ready to go, make sure you are fully prepared for these exciting things to do in Ras al Khaimah.

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