That’s because when you hear about travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), scenes of glistening, towering buildings, man-made islands and the ultra-indulgent lifestyle of Dubai and Abu Dhabi dominate.
Yet little is known about the historically rich and varied natural landscape of the northernmost of the seven Emirates – Ras Al Khaimah. The fourth-largest of all the Emirates, despite making up only 2.17% of the country’s entire territory, it is the more adventurous hinterland in comparison to its decades-young luxury neighbors.
While I could wax lyrical about the pros and cons surrounding the rapid construction of the ‘new’ country that is the UAE and travel within each of the individual Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah tourism is one that actually strikes an interesting balance.
Not only does it combine relaxing coastline luxury with local culture and adventure, but it also paints a very different picture to the gaudy and extravagant image associated with the United Arab Emirates today.