An hour away, the architectural wonders, theme parks and luxury shopping of Dubai beckon those seeking the quintessential UAE experience. Yet within the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, hotel guests have the opportunity to explore Emirati history and customs and discover a world where locals buy their fish at a market along the creek, camel-racing is a long-standing tradition, centuries-old structures remain and museums tell stories of the past.
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The Persian Gulf's oldest and most intact fishing village showcases 14th-century Emirati architecture.
The Suwan Camel Race Track hosts races during winter, starting in October.
Located north of the Rams Town, this 19th-century fort was built on the foundations of an old structure and features watchtowers, old forts and sweeping views of the oasis palm gardens, Arabian Gulf and glorious Hajar Mountains.
An hour away, Dubai is home to magnificent skyscrapers, family-friendly theme parks and luxury shopping. Among its most popular attractions are Burj Khalifa, the gold and spice souqs, Dubai Mall and Aquarium, Dubai Fountain, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Mall of the Emirates and its Ski Dubai, the winter-only Miracle Garden and the Dubai Dolphinarium.
About two hours away, Fujairah is home to Al Bidaya Mosque, the oldest in the UAE; Fujairah Fort, Al Hayl Castle and Masafi Village.
Ras Al Khaimah National Museum
Located in Ras Al Khaimah's old town quarter, the Museum houses numerous archaeological items from the region including jewelry and weapons.
Sheba's Palace and Al Shamal
Resting right above Shimal Village, this palace was built 2,000 years after its namesake, the Queen of Sheba, died.
Located between the Ras Al Khaimah Museum and running parallel to the sea, the souq is busy with shoppers in the mornings and late afternoons buying everything including fabric, gold and kitchen items. Farther along the creek on the western shore, are the fish market and a number of tea houses. Another, smaller souq nearby offers an interesting array of souvenirs.
The first of its kind in the UAE, the pearl farm produces more than 100,000 pearls each year. Here you can learn more about the history of pearl farming and have the chance to open an oyster and keep any precious pearls nestled inside.