Nestled below the picturesque Hajar Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah – which forms the northernmost Emirate in the United Arab Emirates – is a fascinating contrast between rich Arabian culture and rapid modernisation. Its many captivating museums and ancient forts allow glimpses into its intriguing past. Today, it is known for its iconic world-class hotels and resorts.
Enjoy breakfast at Cinnamon Restaurant, located in the Cove Rotana Resort. Admire the ocean views from the outdoor terrace, while sipping on your coffee and enjoying the extensive intercontinental buffet.
Book ahead through viator.com and let your tour guide take you on a 4x4 drive up to Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the Hajar Mountains. Behold the breathtaking views. Refreshments and snacks are provided.
Visit the National Museum for enthralling glimpses into Arabian history. Exhibits are thoughtfully and authentically curated, including an 18th-century fort, that served as the residence of the Qawasim rulers until 1964.
Contact Desert Rangers ahead of time, they will take you into the desert for two fun-filled hours. Activities include 4x4 and quad-bike dune-bashing, camel rides, and sandboarding.
Head back into town and to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, for a well-deserved lunch at the Lexington Grill. Truffle pasta, Norwegian salmon, or succulent steaks are just a fraction of the offerings.
Just a short walk away is the Al Hamra Golf Course. Designed by Peter Harradine, it boasts 18 holes. Enjoy refreshments at the Pesto Restaurant overlooking the grounds, or play some golf.
Take a taxi to the Corniche where you can enjoy the long, meandering pathways along the waterfront. Various restaurants are interspersed with beautiful gardens teeming with birdlife.
Head to the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort where you can enjoy Asian-inspired spa treatments, or watch the wildlife, such as Arabian gazelle and oryx, set against the breath-taking desert landscape.
Before leaving Banyan Tree, admire a panoramic view from the top of Safran Tower. Watch the dazzling sunset as you wind down from a busy day and your personal butler serves you dinner.
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Distance: 448 km
Flight Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes