[Note: orginally posted on my wordpress blog, 24/3/14]
We’ve often been asked by many people who live outside of Ras Al Khaimah, “What do you do there?” or, “Don’t you ever get bored?”
The questions have always surprised us and the answer is always, “No!”
The county’s most northern Emirate is by far, in our opinion, the most beautiful, natural and unspoiled, offering no end to enjoyment of tradition, culture and some might say simplicity; but there’s a reason that it is also developing at an appealing pace: not only is it inviting to more foreign businesses and tourists, but plenty of residents within the UAE are relocating to RAK. His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qassimi, in addition to being an approachable man, is a very forward thinking leader with his, and his father’s, traditions and visions in hand.
In Ras al Khaimah, there is always something to do. Camping is the personal favorite, whether it be on the beach, up a mountain or in the desert. Ok, if you need some serious retail therapy or out-of-this-world-what-were-they-thinking-nightlife then Awesome Dubai is 45 minutes away, but the people of Ras Al Khaimah, it’s exciting plans for the future, it’s….quirkiness…. is great.
There’s nothing quirky about a trip into the Hajar Mountains though, especially following a wet stormy period. The Wadis are full and surrounded by beautiful plant and wildlife. Once the wind has blown the dust of it’s peaks, the view is awe-inspiring. And, if you’re lucky, you may even meet some incredibly hospitable locals with their drum who will be more than happy to invite you for tea.