1) Horse-riding at Al Wadi Equestrian Centre
Saddling up is an exciting way to discover the desert landscape of Ras Al Khaimah. The Al Wadi Equestrian Centre provides guides with exceptional experience to take you on an organised horse trek through 500 hectares of unspoilt nature. Keep your eyes open for sand gazelles, Arabian oryx, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot some desert foxes and wildcats.
INFO: Open daily between 5.30am-09.30am and 4pm-8pm; 07 2067777; www.alwadiequestrian.com
2) Star Gazing at Al Wadi Nature Reserve
Ras Al Khaimah’s crystal clear night skies come alive at the Al Wadi Nature Reserve with plenty of constellations, stars and planets, offering a truly mesmerizing experience for seasoned astrologers and amateur star gazers. Available through Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz Carlton partner hotel, the introductory star gazing sessions cover the history of ancient Greek mythology’s fascination with stars and how Arabian explorers used the formations to navigate over vast spaces.
INFO: Upon request and subject to the weather ; +971 7 206 7777; email@example.com
3) Sail at Al Hamra Marina & Yatch Club
There’s no better way to cool off this summer than taking to the cool waters. Ras Al Khaimah’s 64km pristine coastline, provides the ideal setting to explore, relax and partake in various water activities. Surrounded by beautiful white beaches and serene natural lagoons, Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club offers the perfect day out with a wide range of activities including sailing, diving and wakeboarding.
4) Relax at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah Spa
Relax and rejuvenate in the tranquil environment of this award-winning, ‘underwater themed’ spa. The Afternoon Tea facial, an anti-aging bespoke treatment designed exclusively for Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, stimulates cell rejuvenation and is simply unmissable. There are also plenty of other relaxing treatments, including male and female steam rooms, a floatation bed and Waldorf Astoria's signature herbal sauna.
INFO: Open daily, 9am-9pm, minimum age 16; +971 7 203 5722; firstname.lastname@example.org
5) Learn at the National Museum
Get immersed into the culture and heritage of UAE’s most northern Emirate at the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. The museum is filled with archaeological, historical and ethnographical objects, partly donated by members of the ruling Al Qasimi family and residents of Ras Al Khaimah. This former fort was originally designed as a defensive structure to fend off the British during the Arabian Gulf Campaign between 1809 and 1819, the building was re-opened to visitors as a Museum in 1987.
INFO: Visiting hours: Sat - Thur 8:00am - 6:00pm, Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm; +971 7233 9900; email@example.com; http://www.rakheritage.rak.ae/en/pages/rakmuseum.aspx
6) Sunrise and Sunset Yoga at Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz Carlton partner hotel
Start or end your day, energizing your mind, body and soul, with sunrise or sunset yoga sessions at Al Wadi Desert, enabling you to heighten your senses, flexibility and inner Zen. Suitable for all levels and abilities, yogis can connect with Arabian nature amidst the breath-taking sand dunes of the Al Wadi Nature Reserve. Sunrise yoga features a sequence of yoga poses bound into a continuous movement also known as “Sun Salutation Yoga”, whilst Sunset yoga combines meditation and yoga poses with several relaxing techniques.
INFO: Open Thursday – Tuesday, Sunrise and sunset time subject to seasonality +971 7206 7777; http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-wadi-desert/spa/yoga-and-fitness
7) Explore at Safarak Tours
Discover the fascinating Emirate with the luxury tour company, Safarak Tours. They provide smooth explorations for visitors seeking hidden treasures, from traditional sunset picnics on top of UAE’s highest mountain, to Ras Al Khaimah’s infamous ‘Ghost Town’, Jazirat Al Hamra.