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Relaxation and Adrenaline in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

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From riding the world’s longest zipline, to relaxing at a beautiful resort, find out more about visiting Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Since writing my quick guide to the UAE, I was excited to share a little more info on one place in particular – Ras Al Khaimah.

But where is Ras Al Khaimah, I hear you ask?

Ras Al Khaimah is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Everyone knows Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but the other five are a lot less visited. And you know what – this is GREAT news for anyone planning a trip!

My advice, visit before they’re as well known as the other two. Have a play with the map and you’ll spot Dubai a little way south of RAK. It actually only takes around an hour to drive from Dubai to RAK.

While I find Dubai fascinating, and I loved Abu Dhabi’s cultural elements, Ras Al Khaimah really struck a chord. Meaning the ‘top of the tent’, RAK is the fourth largest emirate and is known for its contrasting landscapes of epic mountains, beautiful beaches and desert dunes.

We enjoyed a really great mix of food, relaxation and adrenaline during our few days there. If I was to recommend a route, it’d be to fly into Abu Dhabi and spend a few days exploring The Louvre, the Grand Mosque and the theme parks, then head to Ras Al Khaimah for two days to enjoy my suggestions below, then finish with a few days exploring Dubai. You get a bit of everything that way!

For me, there are two sides to RAK… resorts and relaxation AND landscapes and adrenaline.

Scroll down to find out all about Ras Al Khaimah, but first, check out the video of our time in the UAE with Rotana.

 

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: Resorts and Relaxation

Ras Al Khaimah is home to several resorts. You’ll find all the major brands, and we stayed at the incredible 5-star The Cove Rotana Resort. I’d seen photos before visiting, and had a feeling this hotel would be a highlight of our week in the UAE!

For starters, the location is just stunning. The Cove has a 600m pristine sandy beach on the Arabian Gulf, plus a small lagoon, which had a mirror-like quality, reflecting the shapes of the villas.

The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

The luxury hotel is Arabic in design, with several square villas with arches and domes scattered across the hill, leading down towards the beach. Our villa had its own private swimming pool, kitchen and huge bedroom.

I loved the two infinity pools – in fact the moment I saw the swimming pool by reception, I knew we were going to have an amazing few days there!

View over the infinity pool at The Cove Rotana Resort, RAK

View over the infinity pool at The Cove Rotana Resort, RAK

It’s a fairly large resort, so there are plenty of places to eat and drink. Our highlight was Basilico, The Cove’s Mediterranean restaurant, where we enjoyed oysters, juicy lamb, duck, all washed down with some top wines. We were also very impressed by the main buffet, which served everything from fresh fish, to curry, salads, sushi and indulgent desserts.

Delicious salad at Basilico, The Cove Rotana Resort

Delicious salad at Basilico, The Cove Rotana Resort

Lamb at Basilico, The Cove Rotana Resort

Lamb at Basilico, The Cove Rotana Resort

Oysters at Basilico, The Cove Rotana Resort

Oysters at Basilico, The Cove Rotana Resort

There’s also Breakers Beach Bar right on the sands overlooking the ocean (perfect for sunset) and Breeze Lounge, a great spot for a nightcap and a shisha.

Breakers Bar on the beach at The Cove Rotana Resort

Breakers Bar on the beach at The Cove Rotana Resort

Beach views at sunset at The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Beach views at sunset at The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

One morning we decided to hire a jet ski from the water sports area at the far end of the beach. It was an adrenaline-filled 15 minutes as we looped around, picked up some speed and checked out the views of the resort from the ocean. However, this was just the start of our RAK adrenaline experience!

Jet skiing at The Cove Rotana Resort

Jet skiing at The Cove Rotana Resort

Check prices and availability at The Cove Rotana Resort.

Ras Al Khaimah: Landscapes and Adrenaline

While the jet ski experience got my heart racing, that was nothing compared to what was to come! On our second day at The Cove, we hopped in a car and drove to the Jebel Jais Mountains.

The drive itself is stunning along rocky mountain roads, with twists and turns taking us higher and higher. With a dusty desert climate, the stark scenery made me feel like we’d landed on Mars.

The rugged and barren landscapes of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

The rugged and barren landscapes of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Jebel Jais Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Jebel Jais Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

While it was a scenic place to explore, we had one main reason for our journey. To ride the world’s longest zipline – Toroverde.

The longest zipline in the world is 2.8km long. To put that in perspective, it’s three times as long as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai a.k.a the world’s tallest building. As you shoot along the line, you’ll reach speeds of up to 160 kph.

It only opened in February 2018, but already thousands have taken flights over the Jebel Jais Mountains. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted, but after a relaxing time at The Cove, I felt ready to pick up the pace.

Exploring the Jebel Jais Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Exploring the Jebel Jais Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

We checked in for our ‘flight’ and were driven to the main office where we had a safety briefing and were kitted out with harnesses, helmets and backpacks. There were options to rent GoPros or attach your own to your helmet.

Watch the video now, then scroll down to find out more about the experience.
 

Then it was up to the top of the mountain. What a view! I started to get butterflies at this point, especially when I saw people being launched along the zip wire, screaming for their lives!

After being kitted out with more safety equipment, it was our turn to take to the podium. There are two zip lines next to each other, so you can race with a friend and experience the thrill together. They add weights to your equipment to ensure you reach a decent speed, and more importantly, reach the other end of the wire to disembark.

Reality hit as I was suspended there in a mock-superman pose, waiting for the countdown. This was scarier than I realised! With a 3, 2 1, off we went, zooming through the air so fast that my cheeks filled with air and dried my entire mouth out in one second.

The world's longest zipline in the Jebel Jais Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah

The world’s longest zipline in the Jebel Jais Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah

But WOW! What a rush. It was incredible, I loved it. And oh how I screamed! It was liberating and exciting, and the views were epic as we flew over the mountains and those wiggly mountain roads.

2.8km later, I was safely on platform number 2, where we prepared for a second zipline. This time it was a shorter ride, in a seated position. Another dose of adrenaline to see us on our way!

Check prices and availability for the world’s longest zipline.

You can see how my time in RAK was a time of contrasts. Of pure bliss and crazy adrenaline. I hope you have the chance to combine the two like I did – you won’t regret it!

A big thanks to Rotana Hotels for sponsoring our trip to the UAE. As always all opinions are my own.

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John 30th November 2018 - 8:54 am

Great post! I really like your writing skills and the beautiful pictures you capture.

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Chloe Gunning 6th December 2018 - 10:10 am

Thanks John, it was a gorgeous place to photograph too!

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City Guide 18th September 2019 - 7:58 am

It was fun to read your post!

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