Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost Emirate of the U.A.E., has a multifaceted tourism potential with the Majestic Hajjar Mountains, the pristine 64 KM long Beach and the very beautiful, unexplored desert all at close proximity of each other. With the Emirates Road being 90 minutes' drive from Dubai International Airport the Emirate has been consistently progressive in the recent past.

Under the visionary patronage of HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler & Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, Dr. Khater Massaad Advisor to the Deputy Ruler, has been spearheading various industrial, tourism & infrastructural developments in the Emirate.

The areas of interest in RAK are the white sandy beaches, the majestic Hajjar Mountains and the magnificent desert sands/dunes. In fact this is probably the only destination where you can switch between the beach, the mountains and the desert within 10-15 minutes of driving time.

Horse/camel breeding and racing are the favourite passion for the well-to-do here. The shooting club at Ras Al Khaimah is an excellent venue to train with a series of available guns, of course on official targets. Jazirah Aviation-Ras Al Khaimah is the only microlight club for hobby flying in the GCC.

Falconry is a local art. The various entertainment forms include local cultural folklore and the world famous belly dancing imported from the neighboring GCC countries.

This emirate has a history of more than five thousand years. Archaeology and History are an interesting side as well backed by findings belonging to various era such as the Ubaid Period (5000 – 3800 BC), Hafit Period (3200 – 2600 BC), Umm al Nar Culture (2600 – 2000 BC), Wadi Suq Period (2000 – 1600 BC), late Bronze Age (1600 – 1250 BC), the Iron Age (1250 – 300 BC), Hellenistic & Parthian Period (300 – 362 AD), the Abbasid Period (750 – 1250 AD) & the later Islamic Period (14th – 19th Century).

There are reasons to believe that even voyagers like Vasco di Gama had the help of a famous sailor from Ras Al Khaimah, Ahmed Bin Majid, to sail between Europe and India. History says he was called "Shihan Al Dein" (Sea's Lion) for his fearlessness, strength and experience as a sailor who excelled in the art of navigation.

Interestingly as heard from a senior citizen here, in the pre-oil era, the economy of GCC in general was built around the charcoal they produced by burning the desert trees, and date culture etc. They were typically the "Bedouin Community" (Bedu as they are called), migrating from one place to the other with the help of camels and donkeys. Only very few places like Ras Al Khaimah were blessed by nature with sufficient underground water, which you can imagine was more precious than today’s oil or gold. It is only natural that the past has seen a spate of invasions which the highly talented & brave warlords/rulers of Ras Al Khaimah have handled most effectively to win. RAK's icon for recall value is its "Watch Towers" -- no wonder they exist in so many numbers owing to the history of invasions.

It is sunny all the time. No major concern of rain (unfortunately). October to March is very pleasant. April to May is bearable. June 15th onwards, the mercury starts soaring. It is really hot during July and August, but the sky is clearer during the hot months. Come September the heat starts slowing down again.