Ras al-Khaimah Tourist Attractions
Archeological excavations have shown that Ras al-Khaimah was the seat of ancient civilizations. The old name for Ras al-Khaimah was Julphar.Ras-Al-Khaimah is an adventurous place with the beauty and traditions maintained through the centuries. The pearl-market was a major income for the city until the decline for demand in the early 20th C. The discovery of offshore Saleh oil fields in the 1980's gave the city an economic boost.The Khour Ras al-Khaimah divides the city of Ras al-Khaimah into two parts. The western part, Old Ras al- Khaimah has the Ras al-Khaimah Museum and some governmental departments. The eastern part, Al Nakheel, is home to the Ruler's office, governmental departments and commercial companies. A bridge connects the two parts over the Khour.Digdagga, a town near Ras al- Khaimah, has a large modern agricultural farm that supplies fruits and vegetables to other emirates.
National Museum of Ras al-Khaimah
The National Museum of Ras al-Khaimah is located behind the Police Headquarters in a fort that was the residence of the ruling family until the early 1960s. The National Museum houses a collection of archeological and ethnological artifacts. The Qawasim Room on the first floor contains documents, manuscript and treaties between the rulers of Ras al-Khaimah and the UK Government, as well as some traditional weapons belonging to the ruling family.The Archeological exhibit in the National Museum features discoveries from the earliest settlers to the late Islamic period.Traditional life in Ras al-Khaimah is the highlight of the Ethnographical display. Visitors will learn about architecture, pearl diving, date agriculture, farming and fishing in the various galleries.The Silver collection has a range of objects reflecting the heritage of the silversmiths.
The Dhayah Fort in Ras al-Khaimah was built of mud-brick in the 16th C on a hill facing the Gulf. It was a strategic military tower that was very important in the history of Ras al-Khaimah. Other ruined fortifications can be seen to the south of the hill and watchtowers are still visible in the nearby town of Rams.A battle in 1819 between the local people and British forces resulted in the destruction of the historic tower.The fort is an important tourist destination and the street leading to the fort has been paved. This fortress is located between the palm gardens of Dhayah and the Hajar Mountains.
Khatts Springs Oasis and Resort
Khatt Springs consists of three springs of hot mineral water. The sulfuric water has relaxing and therapeutic properties.The Khatt Springs Health Resort is a beautiful resort that lies among the mountains and is surrounded by palm trees. The Islamic design of the surrounding buildings, healthy waters and attractive surroundings attract visitors from inside the United Arab Emirates and from abroad.Khatts Springs is also home to as many as 170 archeological sites and many tombs. The items uncovered range from stone tools to 19th C mud brick fortification towers. A large number of prehistoric tombs were also discovered in the Khatt Springs area.
Ras Al Khaimah - Saqr Park
Saqr Park is the only park in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. It is a popular destination on weekends with children's play areas throughout the park. There is also a rollercoaster and Big Splash ride as well as three halls of electronic games.