Discover the History and Culture of Ras Al Khaimah

As one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity, inviting visitors to embark on a journey through time.

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Departs Daily at 8am & 2pm

From 1234 Divi Beach Rd, San Francisco 23536. Scheduled Pickups Available upon Request.

Cultural Heritage

Whether you are a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply curious, Ras Al Khaimah offers a journey through time and a warm welcome into the heart of its heritage. Join us and discover the stories that make Ras Al Khaimah a truly unique destination.

Traditional Crafts
  • Ras Al Khaimah is a treasure trove of traditional crafts, kept alive by skilled artisans. Pottery, dhow building, and textile weaving are integral parts of the emirate’s cultural fabric. Visitors can witness these age-old practices at various cultural centers and markets, where the beauty of Emirati craftsmanship is on full display.
Emirati Cuisine

The culinary landscape of Ras Al Khaimah is a testament to its rich cultural heritage, offering a delightful blend of flavors and spices. Traditional dishes such as Harees, Majboos, and Luqaimat are a must-try for any visitor, providing a taste of the emirate’s history and hospitality.

Festivals and Events

Ras Al Khaimah comes alive with cultural festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating its heritage and community spirit. The Awafi Festival showcases traditional sports, crafts, and cuisine, while the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival highlights the artistic talents of local and international artists.

Museums and Cultural Centers

The Ras Al Khaimah National Museum, housed in a centuries-old fort, is the custodian of the emirate’s history, displaying artifacts that span the ages, from ancient times to the present day. The Al Qasimi Foundation’s Public Arts Initiative, among other cultural centers, plays a pivotal role in fostering a vibrant arts scene, offering workshops, exhibitions, and performances.

A Glimpse into the Past

Ancient Beginnings

Ras Al Khaimah’s story begins in the mists of antiquity, with evidence of human settlement dating back over 7,000 years. The area known today as Ras Al Khaimah was once a hub for ancient civilizations, drawn by its fertile lands and strategic location. Archaeological sites, such as the prehistoric tombs at Dhayah Fort and the ancient city of Julfar, offer fascinating insights into these early cultures.

Forts and Castles

The emirate’s landscape is dotted with historic forts and castles, silent sentinels of the past that tell tales of intrigue, diplomacy, and warfare. Dhayah Fort, the only hilltop fort in the UAE, offers panoramic views and a glimpse into the military architecture of the past. Al Jazirah Al Hamra, known as the ‘Ghost Town’, provides a rare snapshot of pre-oil life in the Gulf, with its well-preserved houses, mosques, and streets.

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