Ras Al Khaimah, or RAK as it is commonly known, is a unique Emirate famed for its natural beauty. Home to the country’s tallest peak – Jebel Jais – the region offers an abundance of outdoor attractions, nature reserves and coastlines to explore.
The region also has an incredibly rich heritage, it’s well worthwhile discovering historical RAK, and learning about the cultural heritage of the people living there today. The Emirate has more than 1000 historical sites dotted across the Emirate, and was originally known as Julfar and founded by Armenians who escaped the Persia during the Mongol invasion. In the 18th century the British called the region the ‘pirate coast’ due the amount of attacks along the Arabian coastline.
Today there’s plenty to explore for those interested in historical RAK. Dhayah Fort – is the only surviving hilltop fort in the UAE and a great example of typical defense structures of the 19th century. The area surrounding the fort has been settled since the 3rd millennium BC. After you climb the zig-zagging path you’ll be rewarded with extensive views that would have been strategically important for defense.
Another point of interest is the historical Al Jazirah Al Hamra is a town that was abandoned with the downfall of pearl diving – and now stands as a historical monument to a time when the pearl industry was the main economic driver for the region. It’s possible to walk through and explore the original buildings, and from time to time the ghost town is brought to life with heritage celebrations. It is also a good showcase of traditional coral-stone architecture which was popular throughout the Emirates.
The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah also has several artifacts and memorabilia offering an insight into traditional life in the region. The building was known as a the ‘late fort’, and has had an eventful history having changed hands several times in between the British and Portuguese over the years, documents also indicate it had also been destroyed at least twice. It eventually returned back to the ruling Quwasim family and served for a time as a family residence before it was converted to a museum in the 1980s. For more information about historical RAK visit www.rasalkhaimah.ae
explore historical RAK Seawings offer a unique RAK tour from Dubai that showcases the natural beauty of this stunning Emirate as well as a taste of historical RAK. On this tour you will take-off from the waters of Dubai Creek – the very same site that the first seaplanes used in Dubai back in the 1930s. You’ll enjoy a scenic tour of Dubai’s world-famous attractions including the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and World Islands before soaring up the sparkling coast to Marjan Island. Every seat is a window seat offering guests unparalleled views of iconic landmarks.
explore historical RAK After touching down in the waters of Marjan Island your driver will be waiting to take you through the stunning countryside to the Al Wadi Equestrian Centre. Here you will experience historic Bedouin culture with a guided 45 minute camel ride through the beautiful Wadi Khadeja reserve, travelling in a traditional camel convoy. Your escort will help you spot local wildlife – such as the Arabian Oryx and Gazelle – and other points of interest for the duration of your ride. Once finished your driver will be ready to take you back to your preferred destination in Dubai.
Seawings offers a range of scenic flights, day tours, charter flights and holiday packages across the United Arab Emirates. This RAK tour is a great option for visitors to Dubai who wish to explore more of the region, but have a relatively short stay.
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