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From zip-lining and horse-back riding to a night spent under the stars, the much-loved emirate of Ras al Khaimah has every base covered
As the onset of summer rears its overheated head, there’s only a few weeks of spring weather left to enjoy beaches, camping and outdoor activity.
Thankfully, Ras Al Khaimah is only a hop, skip and jump away from Dubai and the UAE’s most northern emirate boasts a wealth of outdoor adventure attractions, al fresco treats and signature leisure activities that are perfect for residents looking to inject a little bit of excitement of chilled our recuperation into their weekends.
While Ras Al Khaimah’s pristine sandy beaches are a major pull in themselves, the popular emirate is a melting pot of action. Here are five of the top attractions to make the most of while you still can…
1. Jebel Jais Via Ferrata
Get your adrenaline pumping with Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship adventure tourism product and zip-line across Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain pea. This three-point ‘Iron Path’ comprises three individual start and finish points, as well as three zip-lines coming in at 165 feet, 195 feet and 985 feet long, making it the ultimate experience for those looking to challenge themselves.
INFO: Tours operate twice daily at 8am and 1pm; Dhs400; www.jebeljais.ae
2. Ras Al Khaimah International Marine Sports Club
One for all you water babies out there, Ras Al Khaimah’s International Marine Sports Club offers everything from diving and water skiing, to banana boating, dragon boating and stand-up paddle boarding. What’s more, the lush natural mangroves of the Corniche al Qawassim’s bay lagoon make for the perfect backdrop for an early afternoon kayak.
3. Cycling at Wadi Showka
Grab your friends and hit the track at Ras Al Khaimah’s only outdoor cycling centre. Nestled in the heart of Showka, the track is open to cyclists of all experience levels and offers bike rental, plus servicing and repairs from highly-experienced mountain bikers. If that isn’t enough to convince you, the stunning Hajar Mountains Wadis make for some seriously impressive viewing en route.
INFO: Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday between 8am-4pm; Friday and Saturday between 6am-4pm; from Dhs75 for one hour with membership fees available.
4. Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre
For a day out with a difference, you definitely want to pay a visit to this dedicated equestrian centre. Pick your horse and saddle up as you enjoy an organised horse trek through the centre’s 500 hectares of unspoilt nature. Horses don’t take your fancy? Explore the surroundings on camels, too, while archery, as well as a desert landscape with free roaming wildlife will keep you entertained for hours. Keep your eyes open for sand gazelles and Arabian oryx, and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot some desert foxes and wildcats.
5. Bedouin Oasis Camp
Forgo your typical touristy Dubai desert safari and head out into RAK’s Bedouin Oasis Camp for a truly traditional and memorable night under the stars. Bash the dunes in a luxury 4X4 before hopping on a camel and enjoying a delicious buffet while belly dancers, tanoura dancers and a fire show keep you entertained. Overnight stays are available, too, for those looking to make a weekend of it.
INFO: Safari Dinners take place between 4pm and 9pm for Dhs200 per person, overnight with dinner and breakfast start from Dhs200 per person; 0097155 228 4984; [email protected]; www.arabianincentive.com
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