Recreation and Leisure in Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah is home to many recreational and sporting activities that provide visitors with an adventurous experience entwined with nuances of local culture. The emirate is also an ideal destination for enthusiasts of a variety of sports, such as tennis, squash, swimming, diving, aviation, water skiing, sailing, road trips and mountain hiking trips. Traditional sports lovers can enjoy their favourite hobbies including falconry shows, camel and horse racing. Here are some of the activities one can partake of in Ras Al Khaimah:
If you are a water adventure lover, Ras Al Khaimah offers you three amazing options:
The RAK Sailing Academy
Located at the Al Hamra Marina, the RAK Sailing Academy welcomes visitors every year from October until April. It offers a variety of water sport activities and sailing training options on rafts and sailing boats. It also offers guests and visitors the opportunity to rent various types of sailing boats.
Phone: +971 7 243 2274
Adventure Sports Club
The Adventure Sports Club has a long history of offering water sports and aviation sports activities for all ages – parasailing, scuba diving, fishing, jet skis, donut rides, boat cruises, sailing and much more.
Phone: 056 706 4774 / 056 494 4397
Iceland Water Park
The largest water park in the UAE and the perfect escape from the heat, the Iceland Water Park is an ideal family entertainment destination. Besides its traditional water park attractions, Iceland offers some unique attractions like the Penguin Falls, the world’s largest man-made waterfall, a water football pitch with rain showers, an Olympic swimming pool and the Rocky Polar Mountains with the largest assortment of water slides. It also includes a food court offering mouthwatering bites.
For more information please visit icelandwaterpark.com
Phone: +971 7 206 7888
Freedom – Catamaran Yacht
Book a private cruise on the latest addition to Ras Al Khaimah's fleet: the sailing and motorised catamaran yacht, ‘Freedom'. Cruises start from Ras Al Khaimah’s Corniche and offers guests aboard a leisurely view of the emirate's scenic coastline. Ideal for groups, parties, a romantic getaway, or corporate excursions, Freedom cruises are tailored to individual requirements and can include swimming, snorkelling, fishing, sunset dinners and Champagne packages.
For more information please visit: www.rasalkhaimahtourism.com
Phone: 050 735 4096 / 050 377 6613
A desert safari in Ras Al Khaimah offers visitors a day filled with excitement and adventure. The Safari begins with a thrilling experience in a 4×4across the desert and sand dunes! Later in the day visitors will have the opportunity to experience a camel ride and enjoy a traditional Arabic dinner around a camp fire.
Bassata Desert Village
Located in the heart of the desert of Ras Al Khaimah, the Bassata Desert Village offers visitors the ultimate desert experience! Enjoy a wide range of traditional Arabic activities such as dune bashing, belly dancing, Egyptian skirt dancing “Tanoura”, henna drawing and camel riding, as well as a live barbecue.
Phone: +971 4 336 6643
Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp
A one of a kind authentic desert camp, The Bedouin Oasis offers its visitors the opportunity to explore the lifestyle of the Bedouins (nomadic tribes) from years ago. An evening at the Bedouin Oasis is all about discovering the ancient desert lifestyle, getting close to nature and enjoying a relaxed evening while indulging in delicious local cuisine.
Arabian Incentive Company Phone: +971 4 266 6020
The Jazirah Aviation Club is licensed by the General Civil Aviation Authority. Located at the Jazirah Airport (OMRJ) in the picturesque emirate of Ras Al Khaimah along the coast of the beautiful sea, the Club also offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy wonderful views of Ras Al Khaimah at an altitude of 600 feet.
With the Seawings Company, you can experience the magic and splendour of the UAE with the Seawings Urban Experience, which takes off from the pristine shores of Ras Al Khaimah on an exciting 45-minute tour above the city.
For more information please visit: www.seawings.ae
Phone: +971 4 807 0708
One of the famous traditions of the region is raising falcons. Ras Al Khaimah offers a unique falcon show with an exclusive rapture display in many resorts and hotels. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular show of falcons in the natural desert environment in addition to taking photos with them.
Willing to test out your bow and arrow skills? The Archery Range at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi is the perfect destination for you. You can also take archery classes with professional instructors to become an expert at this traditional sport that challenges your strength and accuracy.
Phone: +971 7 206 7777
The Al Hamra Golf Club and Tower Links Golf Club offer outstanding facilities and mesmerising views of the mountains and beaches in the backdrop. Both clubs are famous for participating in and hosting Regional Golf Championships. Both clubs have two 18-hole championship Golf courses that offer outstanding golfing facilities including lessons for beginners and the opportunity to play golf under the stars.
The Al Hamra Golf Club
This Golf Club meanders around four inter-connected open water lagoons merging seamlessly with the waters of the Arabian Gulf. It offers training classes for beginners. You can even enjoy playing golf under the stars at night. The club boasts many facilities such as restaurants, cafes and much more to satisfy all needs and tastes.
Phone: +971 7 244 7474
Tower Links Golf Club
Located in the rapidly developing emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, this Golf Course meanders through a mangrove reserve with the Hajjar Mountains serving as a majestic backdrop. Tower Links now possesses an active Golf and Social Membership whilst also catering to the demand of golfers from the surrounding emirates as well as the growing number of international tourists.
Phone: +971 7 227 8555
The RAK tennis association provides tennis services to schools, hotels and communities in RAK through a variety of programs available for all ages. Many hotels and resorts also have outdoor tennis courts with charming views of the mountains and the sea. Hilton Ras Al Khaimah
Phone: +971 7 228 8888 – Al Hamra Residence
Phone: +971 7 206 7222
The RAK Zoo is home to many rare animals and offers visitors the opportunity to see the animals in an environment that resembles their natural habitat. It also consists of many facilities such as an Equestrian club for horse riding (for women), restaurants and cafes, a special corner for the children, horse and camel riding tracks, and prayer rooms for men and women. It is built on an area of one million square metres and features African and white lions, white and rare golden tigers, black panthers and cheetahs.
The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has a number of cinemas that screen recreational and cultural films for adults and children. Cinemas show the latest Arab and foreign films to suit all family members. One of the most frequented cinemas is the Novos Cinema and also the Gulf Cinema, Vox Cinema at Al Hamra Mall and CINEMAX at Al Naeem Mall.
Gardens and Parks
Ras Al Khaimah is famous for its greenery and evergreen trees. There are many natural parks in Kheran, Digdaga, Shaam, Rams and Khatt. The Saqr Public Park is the oldest and largest family entertainment park in this emirate. Located in the Al Kharran area, eight kilometres south of Ras Al Khaimah, Saqr Public Park is considered an ideal place for families to relax and unwind. Built on a total area of 280 dunums, the park is home to palm and ghaf trees, and features a barbecue area, umbrellas and chairs, entertainment games, sports games, indoor air-conditioned rooms, various restaurants, playgrounds for children, lake for boats, waterfall, a train offering fun rides around the park and a train hot air balloon.
The waters of the Khatt Springs rise from a depth of 90 feet underground level with temperatures nearing 40°C. Due to its mineral content and heat, the water is said to have medicinal benefits for soothing skin ailments, rheumatic diseases and muscular problems.
Located adjacent to the Hajjar Mountains, the Golden Tulip Khatt Springs Resort & Spa is built to resemble a castle and offers therapeutic hot springs, precious stone treatments, hot stone treatment and Ayurveda medicine. The hotel has within its premises, three natural springs with a temperature of about 40°C. The area is also home to a large number of archaeological sites of all periods.
Phone: +971 7 244 8777