Most travelers think about Dubai when you mention the United Arab Emirates. However, if you set your sights a little further, you’ll find that the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is a stunning place for a family-friendly getaway. Located towards the northern side of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Khaimah offers is stunning natural vistas with everything from serene waterfronts to rolling deserts. Ras Al Khaimah is also home to Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the UAE, so if you fancy a trek, you’re in for a treat.

There’s plenty to do in Ras Al Khaimah, especially if you’re looking for some family fun. Here are a few places for that memorable family getaway:

Visit the Emirates Heritage Festival

The Emirates Heritage Festival is the perfect location for family fun. Visitors can learn about the traditional way of life of the Arab people, soak up their culture, folk tales and much more. The festival is an annual affair and is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

Eat your way through Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect place to sample some of the UAE’s finest flavors, and if you’re looking for a gastronomic experience like no other, then this is the place. Head over to any acclaimed restaurant and you’re sure to dine like a king. A few spots worth a visit are Lexington Grill, which is heaven for every meat eater and Al Moohit, which dishes out some lip-smacking seafood. One thing is for sure – while you’re in Ras Al Khaimah, you won’t go hungry, especially because there’s something for every palate and every budget!

Spend a night under the stars

If your family loves camping, then head over to the Bedouin Oasis in Ras Al Khaimah. Situated between two towering sand dunes, you can camp right on the desert sands and gaze at the stars all night long. That’s not all, there’s some high octane fun too – you can try your hand at dirt biking and sand boarding for that elusive adrenaline rush. All you need to do is make a booking, hop into a car rental, and set off for the desert!

Head for the hills

If you’re into hiking, then try the 22.7 km long trail in Ras Al Khaimah, which has been dubbed the “Stairway to Heaven”. You can take the whole family on a thrilling trek that lasts for around 14 hours. It’s the perfect destination to get away from the manic energy of the city.

Shop till you drop

The UAE is no stranger to shopping malls. Similarly, Ras Al Khaimah is home to some sprawling shopping complexes. The Al Manar Mall is a popular choice for shoppers and has local as well as international brands. With eateries and coffee shops, you can spend an entire day here with the family.