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Top Choice Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah

Jebel Jais

At 1934m, Jebel Jais is the highest peak in the UAE and is even occasionally dusted with snow. Since 2015 a mountain road has corkscrewed almost to the top, delivering great visual drama of artistically eroded cliff…
Ghost Town in Ras Al Khaimah

Jazirat Al Hamra Fishing Village

With roots in the 16th century, this deliciously spooky ghost town is one of the oldest and best preserved coastal villages in the UAE. Its people subsisted mostly on fishing and pearling until they suddenly picked …
Museum in Ras Al Khaimah

National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

This local-history museum occupies a 19th-century fort that was the residence of the Qawassim rulers until 1964. Behind ornate wooden doors awaits the usual ethnological assortment as well as artefacts from archaeol…
Fortress in Ras Al Khaimah

Dhayah Fort

It's well worth climbing the zigzagging staircase to this twin-towered hilltop fortress to enjoy the sweeping 360-degree vistas of the RAK area, a vast date-palm oasis and the Hajar Mountains. Built in the early 19t…
International in Ras Al Khaimah

Trader Vic's Mai Tai Lounge

Work your way through a menu of delectable pupus (Polynesian-style appetisers) like crispy prawns or baked crab and artichoke dip while kicking back with kiss-ass tropical drinks in this chilled lounge where a band …
Italian in Ras Al Khaimah

Cafe La Luna

Snag an outside table and enjoy your pizza and pasta with a view of the bobbing yachts of Al Hamra Marina. This upbeat nosh spot also serves excellent coffees and a small breakfast selection (croissants, omelettes).…
Bar in Ras Al Khaimah

Breakers on the Beach

Chill with a coffee, cocktail or mocktail at this quintessential beach bar, where you can wriggle your toes in the sand or count the number of crashing waves. It's at the Cove Rotana Resort on the main highway about…
Bar in Ras Al Khaimah

Sho Fee Rooftop Bar

This 9th-floor terrace at the Double Tree by Hilton on reclaimed Al Marjan Island is the perfect spot to cocoon with cocktails and watch the sun plop into the sea. After dark, a DJ spins into action and there's shee…
Asian in Ras Al Khaimah

Passage to Asia

The menu at this elegant restaurant at the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa showcases two of Asia’s most popular cuisines: Japanese and Thai. Kudos for the lovely setting amid tropical flowers and the wonderfu…
Spectator Sport in Ras Al Khaimah

Al Sawan

This 10km-long race track is about 15km southeast of RAK City via E18. Drive towards RAK airport as far as Digdagga, turn off opposite the big World Discount Store (just before the free-standing minaret) and drive f…