Ras al-Khaimah
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Ras Al Khaimah: Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

1. Ras Al Khaimah: Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

Escape the heat and hassle of Ras Al Khaimah’s urban center on an afternoon and evening desert safari by 4WD vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel, relax in the air-conditioned off-road vehicle. Head to the desert dunes that surrounds the city, and admire views of the barren yet enchanting landscape on the way. Stop at a traditional camel farm to see herds of the magnificent hump-backed herbivores. Learn about the different types of camels commonly seen in the desert around Ras Al Khaimah. Continue across the desert plains in your 4WD vehicle, and arrive at a campsite where Arabic coffee and dates are offered as a welcome. Climb on the back of a camel for an optional guided tour around the encampment. Get a henna tattoo design on your hands or feet. Watch a traditional Tanourah folk dance, and feast on a delicious barbecue dinner. After dinner, smoke a shisha (Arabic water pipe) if you wish, and watch a live belly-dance performance. Relax under a canopy of twinkling stars, and enjoy an experience that could be straight out of “One Thousand and One Nights”!

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Desert Drive & Wadi Shawka Pool Visit

2. Desert Drive & Wadi Shawka Pool Visit

Explore the best-kept treasures of Arabia on this mountain safari experience. Get a glimpse of desert life and agricultural life with rock formations deep in the desert such as fossil and camel rocks. Continue your adventure with sandboarding and an exciting dune bashing experience. Enjoy an exhilarating adventure to the deep trenches and waters of Wadi, the region’s natural water pools. Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah is neighbored by the Hajar Mountains and the valley consists of rocky terrain, farmland, water pools, wildlife, and plenty of parking and camping spots. Wadi Shawka is a perfect place for family picnics and get-togethers in nature. Swim back through it or turn back a little bit and climb a small hill to bypass it.

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Ras al Khaimah 5-Hour City Tour

3. Ras al Khaimah 5-Hour City Tour

This 5-hour city tour of Ras al Khaimah is priced for a group of up to 6 persons and includes a drive to Al Marjan, a manmade island set against the picturesque backdrop of the Arabian Peninsula and enclosed by the Yanis and Jais mountains. Marvel at this truly luxurious destination. Drive to Al Hamra village, a former fishing community, and stop to see Al Dhayah Fort, one of of the oldest sites in the Emirates. Admire the views of the mountains and sea from this point. This strategic military fortification played a major role in the history of the UAE. Built in 16th century, it is the only castle standing atop a mountainous dune in the UAE, and was the last area to fall into British hands in their long war against the Al Qawasim tribe. Continue on to visit the Mohammad Bin Salem Mosque and National Museum. The museum is housed in a fort that was the residence of the ruling family until the early 1960s. Lastly, you'll pass through the fish market area, stopping to explore the Old Souk, where you can find everything from ancient handicrafts to household items.

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From Khasab: Jebel Harim and Gulf of Oman Private Tour

4. From Khasab: Jebel Harim and Gulf of Oman Private Tour

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation, the airport, or cruise ship terminal in Khasab, and then travel in comfort towards Jebel Harim, the highest mountain on the Musandam Peninsula. Get panoramic views of the mountains and valleys as you make your way to the rugged Sayh Plateau, 1,100 meters above sea level. Gaze across the spectacular landscape to the coastal area of Dibba on the Gulf of Oman. Marvel at the neighboring canyon, 1,600 meters above sea level. Discover a wall of fossils that dates back to pre-historic times. Pass Khor Najid to see the unique fjord and Gulf of Oman. Visit an ancient stone house in Bait Ul Kufal, and soak up the beauty of the lush natural park of Birkat al-Khaldiyah. Continue the return trip to Khasab, and get dropped off at your original point of departure.

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Khasab: Outdoor Camping with Dhow Cruise Tour

5. Khasab: Outdoor Camping with Dhow Cruise Tour

After being collected from your Khasab accommodation or cruise ship terminal, you can begin your full-day outdoor adventure by meeting up with and boarding your "dhow" in Musandam. You will cruise to the Khourshem Fjords, where beautiful, calm, waters surrounded by fabulous mountains and white sandy beaches can be discovered. You can explore small fishing villages as well as the famous Telegraph and Seebi Islands. You can enjoy watching dolphins swimming alongside the boat, and you will stop for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. Soft drinks, water, juice, fruits and tea/coffee will also all be available for your enjoyment. You will then be transfered you from the dhow by speedboat to a camping beach, where tents and all necessary items will be provided. You will have the use of tents, mattresses, blankets, chairs, dining tables, electricity, music, a camp fire, fresh water, and a basic toilet whilst spending the night out under the stars. That night, you can enjoy a BBQ dinner, with breakfast being served the next morning. Mineral water and soft drinks for the camping site will also be provided, and you will return back to port next day. Timing can be adjusted according to guests' request, and you will be returned to your point of origin at the conclusion of the tour.

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What people are saying about Ras al-Khaimah

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,109 reviews

-Pick up at the hotel worked great -Jeep safari was great, the desert & the sunset an absolute dream -Driver spoke wonderful English & was very caring -Show & camp were ok, there was always something to watch -Eating was ok, but not the Oberhammer The tour is definitely recommended!

Badr our tour guide was beyond exceptional.He made us feel welcome at first and his wealth of knowledge about UAE is so refreshing and vast . He's a fantastic tour guide and one I would glady recommend.

It was an all-round perfect trip! We would be picked up at the hotel and then the desert safari started. Afterwards there was dinner and a show. Any time :)

Highly recommended! Great ride over the dunes at sunset. Food might not be a classic BBQ, but still tasty! Great shows after the drive in the camp.

The pick-up from the hotel worked great. The driver really tried hard, so we had a lot of fun.