Ex­treme Ras Al Khaimah

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Ras Al Khaimah is quickly be­com­ing a pop­u­lar hotspot with tourists and week­end vis­i­tors. Home to Jebel Jais, the coun­try’s tallest moun­tain, the rugged ter­rain is great for any­one seek­ing ex­treme climb­ing, hik­ing, bik­ing or trekking ad­ven­tures. Do you dare to tackle the 470-me­tre-long Via Fer­rata or whizz along the UAE’s long­est zip-line? For the less ad­ven­tur­ous, a soon-to-open ob­ser­va­tion deck will be the per­fect spot to make the most of Jebel Jais’s tow­er­ing viewpoint. The emi­rate boasts 64 kilo­me­tres of pris­tine coast­line, so there’s no short­age of wa­ter sports. Head to Al Hamra Ma­rina and Yacht Club (www.al­ham­ra­ma­rina.com) to try your hand at sail­ing, wake­board­ing or scuba div­ing. When it comes to lux­ury re­sorts, there’s plenty to chose from. Opened ear­lier this month, af­ter an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion, the Ritz-Carl­ton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert (www. ritzcarl­ton.com/en/ho­tels/uae/al-wadi-desert) of­fers an all pool-villa re­sort in the heart of a 500-hectare na­ture re­serve. Spot Ara­bian oryx, sand gazelles and camels, sad­dle-up for an early morn­ing horse ride through the dunes or try an in­tro­duc­tory stargaz­ing ses­sion guided by as­tron­omy ex­perts. The rain­for­est ex­pe­ri­ence at the spa is a must-do. To­wards the coast­line, the tow­er­ing Wal­dorf As­to­ria Ras Al Khaimah (right; www.wal­dor­fas­to­ria3. hilton.com) is your best bet for a stay­ca­tion with a hint of in­dul­gence. Set on a 350-me­tre pri­vate beach, the lav­ish in­te­rior and high ceil­ings in this or­nate palace ex­ude el­e­gance. Lux­u­ri­ous touches like a master-fra­grance maker, sleep-master and your own but­ler en­sure you’ll want for noth­ing. Suites boast some of the big­gest bal­conies in the coun­try, over­look­ing the Ara­bian Gulf, and there are some great chil­dren’s fa­cil­i­ties plus an adult-only in­fin­ity pool for those re­ally look­ing to un­wind.

Na­tional Day week­end rates at the RitzCarl­ton start from Dh3,319 per villa per night, half-board for a fam­ily of four

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