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Adventure Paradise in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is a one and a half hour drive north of Dubai. It’s the most blessed in nature of the United Arab Emirates with its beautiful Arabian Gulf beaches, Wadis (valleys in Arabic, commonly filled with water during times of rain which is rare in the UAE!) and beautiful mountains. Here is a list of activities you cannot miss.

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1. Go Climbing on a Via Ferrata

The only place in the UAE you will be able to climb and slide over by zipline to another cliff! Located in the Hajar Mountain Range, you can choose between easy, intermediate and hard climbs. The easy climb is for the average person in normal shape who is relatively new to climbing. It takes approximately 3 hours to scale and includes 3 ziplines. The third is the longest of these at over 300m over a huge valley. If you are an adrenaline junkie or want to push your limits, try the other levels as they involve some overhang and vertical accents.

Climbing in Ras Al Khaimah

2. Get in the car and drive

If you are an explorer behind the wheels, you will want to grab a GPS and pinpoint locations across the Emirate to drive through amazing gorges. These valleys are called wadis by the locals of the UAE. Hopefully there is water flowing through them, as they can be quite deep and amazing for cliff jumping! Throughout your drive, the chances are high that you cross paths with locals that have set up a BBQ area, grilling some delicious lamb, drinking arabic coffee and smoking shisha. It may sound staged but it is totally part of the culture!

cliff jumping in Ras Al Khaimah

3. Conquer the United Arab Emirates mountains

If you feel adventurous, make sure to include a hiking session on your trip with the goal of getting lost with some goats in the mountains! If you want to be around experts that will show you the best hiking paths, hit up the guys at Adventurati Outdoors that will give you many options including private hiking sessions if you feel like a more personal experience. The “Stairway to Heaven” is the great one to conquer, not for the faint hearted.

hiking in Ras Al Khaimah

4. Pack your sleeping bag for some camping

There are so many great camping sites in Ras Al Khaimah. Being such a short drive from Dubai, it is simple to get away for a weekend with the family or group of friends. Awafi is a popular camping site which is known for its smooth sand dunes and huge cultural festivals. Another camping spot, Mizra’a, is a great place to pitch your own tent for a night. Be prepared to share stories with other travelers over the campfire. If you want to experience the lifestyle of a nomad, try out Bedouin Oasis, as they provide you with traditional experience like no other. Explore more camping spot in the UAE.

Camping in Ras Al Khaimah

5. The longest Zip Line in the world

In December, RAK will unveil it crown jewel, the world’s longest Zipline. With a goal of beating “The Monster”, a 2.2km zipline in Puerto Rico, it will take 3-4 minutes and carry you at over speeds of 100km/h. To understand the distance, it will be like Ziplining over 30 football fields when completed. There will be an observation deck, lockers and a restaurant on the side of the cliff. If this wasn’t a rush enough, you will be starting the Zipline from the 1823m Jebel Jais!

The area of Ras Al Khaimah is becoming a regional hub for the active traveler, with an anticipated target of one million visitors by 2018. There are many activities still in the pipeline, with an ice rink, hiking and bicycle treks.

The next time you want to escape the daily grind, or just get your nature hit, jump in the car and head north to Ras Al Khaimah.

For more Adventure & Active activities to do in the UAE, check out AdventureFaktory!

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