Recently, we spoke about why Ras Al Khaimah is the emirate that’s sure to be the next buzz destination, the place everyone seems to be going to and the destination you wish you had known about sooner. This is because Ras Al Khaimah has a unique blend of natural beauty, authenticity and, as we’ll soon dive right into, adventure.
Ras Al Khaimah is emerging as the next adventure destination in the Middle East, and for good reason. The emirate’s rugged mountains, terracotta desert and coastline provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures.
Winding through the intimidating cliffs and jagged peaks of Ras Al Khaimah’s Hajar Mountains is a network of excellent hiking trails. With 16 kilometres spread across six paths, there is more than enough terrain for avid hikers to take on. Each path reveals a fresh perspective on the beauty of this region with unique surprises along the way; you might even come across some loveable mountain goats or catch a glimpse of the elusive spotted eagle, whose appearance is reserved only for the adventurous few who are willing to take to these trails. Visitors can also choose to go rock climbing and bouldering or mountain biking.
For those looking to add a few doses of adrenaline, Ras Al Khaimah has some of the most thrilling activities in the UAE. Another way to add some G-Force to your appreciation of nature is on the world's longest zipline, the Jebel Jais Flight, which spans over 2.8 km at a speed of 150 km/h!
Against the backdrop of these mountains are the vast expanses of sand dunes which are also turned into a playground for adventure enthusiasts. Dune bashing is the high-octane activity that allows visitors to roar through the soft desert sand dunes on a 4x4, sand buggy or quad bike! And for those who love water sports, RAK's coastline offers a variety of activities such as parasailing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and jet skiing.
And perhaps the ultimate adventure experience is Bear Grylls Explorer Camp: a camp for those looking to push their boundaries, learn special survival techniques and become a true survivalist. The world-famous Bear Grylls has hand-picked instructors that will take you on specially curated survival experiences using Bear’s very own dynamic survival methods which have caught the imagination of millions worldwide. This is a unique experience that will teach you lifesaving skills such as resourcefulness and calmness under pressure; it’s the ultimate experience for anyone looking for a challenge and will leave them with skills for a lifetime.