Ras Al Khaimah
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.
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