Ras Al Khaimah

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Driv­ing time: 2hrs 48mins (254km).

It might be try­ing to trans­form it­self into a party desti­na­tion (“the Ibiza of the UAE”, no less) but Ras Al Khaimah’s charm lies in its mel­low am­bi­ence. A ca­sual stroll along part of the 64km of white-sand coast fol­lowed by din­ner over­look­ing Al Hamra Ma­rina is an idyl­lic way to re­lax af­ter mak­ing the drive up here, be­fore you start on all of the adrenalinein­duc­ing pur­suits that Ras Al Khaimah has by the ab­so­lute bucket-load.

Things to do Long­est zip line

World’s tallest build­ing? Check. World’s tallest ho­tel? Tick that one off. World’s fastest roller coaster? Yes, at our very own Fer­rari World. What else have you got, UAE? Well, how about the world’s long­est zip line? That’s not a prob­lem, ei­ther. Jebel Jais Flight is 2.83km long (the same length as 28 foot­ball pitches) and can ac­com­mo­date 400 peo­ple per day Áy­ing down the line at speeds of up to

150kmph. You’ll set off from 1,680m above sea level, head-àrst down the wire. You have to be 120cm tall to do it, and if you Àt the bill we rec­om­mend it highly. It’s a ride like no other.

→ Dhs650. Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, www.toroverdeuae.com.

Ex­plore a ghost town

If the hus­tle and bus­tle of daily life gets a bit much, then there is a place you are guar­an­teed plenty of peace and quiet. The aban­doned pearling vil­lage of Jazi­rat Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah has re­mained al­most un­changed since its in­hab­i­tants left in 1968, mak­ing it a per­ma­nent mon­u­ment to a by­gone era. Pop­u­lated constantly from the 16th cen­tury un­til just 40 years ago, forts, schools, mosques and many other build­ings still stand in the area. Af­ter oil ex­plo­ration be­gan in the UAE, a mass ex­o­dus of an en­tire com­mu­nity took place, leav­ing it de­serted. While it is com­pletely empty, the vil­lage’s at­mo­spheric, al­most end-of-the-world qual­ity en­sures its gets its fair share of vis­its from in­trigued tourists. It even has a celebrity friend in the form of Brad Pitt, who Áew down by he­li­copter to Àlm scenes for War Ma­chine, which was re­leased on Netáix in 2017.

→ Be­tween Al Hamra Vil­lage and Al Jazeera Port in

Ras Al Khaimah.

Dhayah Fort

Head up here day or night for a view out across RAK that will take your breath away. The fort dates back to the 16th cen­tury when it was built in a strate­gic hill­top po­si­tion fac­ing the gulf. There are 234 steps to the top, but per­se­vere and you’ll be re­warded.

→ Al Rams (056 334 3464).

“Ex­plore a per­ma­nent mon­u­ment to a by­gone era”

Jebel Jais Flight

Jazi­rat Al Hamra

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