Surrounded by the imposing Hajar Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates and is famed for its golden beaches, crystal-clear waters and dramatic desert scenery. But there’s more to this place than just outdoor activities. Ras Al Khaimah – or simply ‘RAK’ – is awash with world-class museums, serene open spaces and beautiful buildings such as the pearly white Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
To see Ras Al Khaimah looking its best, take a stroll at sunset down the city's Al Qawasim Corniche promenade – a scenic walkway through protected mangroves frequented by both walkers and joggers alike. Other sites of interest include the RAK zoo, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah – a small museum housed in an old fort packed with artefacts and trinkets, and Saqr Park – a peaceful spot with wide-open spaces, a playground and even a fairground. For an insight into the region's pearling past, head to Suwaidi Pearls, where you can enjoy a boat ride and an informative tour.
The main draw of Ras Al Khaimah is what's on its doorstep. The mighty Jebel Jais mountain, the UAE's tallest at the height of 1,892 metres, is situated just to the northeast of the city, and it offers you the chance to career down the face of it at 150 kph on one of the world's longest ziplines.