Ras Al Khaimah: Natural Elegance

up the mountains to the east of Ras Al Khaimah, which reach up to 1,900 meters, offers views across the developing city and miles of virgin terrain, a chance to get away and enjoy another feature of the unique landscape. The remaining authenticity of the emirate compared with Dubai and Abu Dhabi is what makes it special, still manifesting unspoilt heritage sites and tradition, including Al Jazirah Al Hamra, a ghost town which is the only traditional

one left in the UAE—all worth a visit before development reaches the levels it has in nearby emirates. Of course, Ras Al Khaimah has many things in commmon with its neighbouring emirates too. One attraction that will bring a smile to anyone’s face is Al Sawan Camel Track, where jockeys race the odd looking animals, cheered on by hordes of tourists and emiratis. Another highlight, and an opportunity that should not be passed, is

the chance to do some wadi bashing. Bouncing boldly over the miles of golden dunes was a hilarious and exhilarating following morning, which had my partner and I fighting for the wheel. I wished the experience would continue forever, but covered head to toe in sand by the end of it, another sumptuous spa treatment in the rainforest rain shower was called for. Having made the trip in mid-October, the searing heat had begun to die down,

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