Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al-Khaimah is many Dubai locals' top escape from the city. The United Arab Emirates' most northern region, Ras Al-Khaimah is backed by the mighty Hajar Mountains, which roll down to the shore dramatically, making this a great base for exploring and sightseeing in a rugged area. Historically, this region is very important, with archaeological excavations here revealing that this area has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC. The Ras Al-Khaimah National Museum does an excellent job of explaining this long-reaching history. Although much of the city is modern, the wonderfully atmospheric Jazirat al-Hamra area is a major tourist attraction as it gives a taste of the peaceful Emirati life of the pearl divers and fishermen before the mid-20th-century oil boom. Find out more about the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions in Ras Al-Kaimah.