Just a 45-minute drive from the fast-paced metropolitan city of Dubai is the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Offering an authentic insight into Arabian culture and heritage, the emirate is packed full of fun activities with something for everyone. Here are some facts about this emirate:
2. Ahmad Bin Majid was an Arab navigator and cartographer born in 1421 in Ras Al Khaimah. He is known as the first Arab seaman and became famous in the West as the navigator who helped Vasco da Gama find his way from Africa to India.
3. Ras Al Khaimah is home to the highest mountain in the UAE. Standing tall at 1,910 meters, Jebel Jais is ideal for both mountain climbing and mountain biking with impressive views from the summit.
4. Al Wahabiyyah is one of the oldest art forms in Ras Al Khaimah and is unique to this emirate. This folkdance is usually performed on special occasions, feast days and at wedding parties.
5. The emirate is home to one of the top date farms in the UAE, offering no less than 18 different types of dates.