Top 21 Things To Do in Ras Al Khaimah
UAE has been a central tourist attraction for many people around the globe with its range of activities and beautiful sites. Ras Al Khaimah is a unique Emirate, like none other. Home to distinct landscapes, unique topography, great nature, and ancient traditions, the diversity makes it one of the most widely-visited and exciting places in the place.
Hosting the Hajar mountains and the beach, Ras Al-Khaimah is a great place to visit if you are up for some excitement. Jebal Jais, Jais mountain is amongst the most popular attractions here, the best for adventure seekers. The city’s coastline strip also serves as a major resort for a beach vacation with its museum playing a great role in enriching tourists with the long-reaching history of the city.
From its mountain climbing adventures, zip-lining, sea expeditions, and camping experiences to its ancient sites and enriching history enjoy the real adventure of Ras Al-Khaimah in all its glory. Planning to visit Ras Al Khaimah? Let’s have a look at the 20 best things to do in the city! What are you waiting for? Lets’s get started!
1. Hajar Mountains
Hajar mountains are some of the best views of the UAE with their barren and jagged mountains landscapes and roads that go high above. The Hajar mountains spread Oman’s northeastern part and UAE’s eastern end in Ras Al Khaimah.
Being the highest mountain range in the peninsula, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city in all its glory. The Hajar mountains are loaded with historical sites, a true sight to behold. Some of these include Al-Ayn and Al-Khutm. History lovers will find these sites amazing.
For those who want to enjoy the outdoors, and are up for an adventure, Hajar mountains offer single or multi-day trips. You can enjoy other activities as well like rock climbing, hiking, abseiling, dry canyoneering, and visiting the archeological and historical sites.
|Activities||Trekking, hiking, rock climbing, visiting historical sites, and exploring flora and fauna,|
|Location||Wadi Bih – Ras Al Khaimah Rd – Ras al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates|
2. Jebel Jais Mountains
Jebel Jais, one of the most majestic parts of Hajar mountain is located 1,934 meters above sea level, making it the highest peak in the country. Offering eye-catching sunset and sunrise views, a 35km long road goes to the hilltop, featuring many sharp corners. Moreover, it hosts the world’s largest zipline, attracting hundreds of tourists from all over and around the world. You can enjoy multiple activities here like trekking, camping, picnicking, ziplining, and barbecuing.
Being a part of Hajar, the Jebel Jais mountain road takes you through many deep canyons, rugged cliffs, and twisted roads as you move towards the top. You’ll also enjoy a cooler temperature, 10 to 13 degrees less than at sea level.
|Activities||Ziplining, Picnic, Trekking, Camping, Barbecuing, hiking, rock climbing, visiting historical sites|
|Timings||9; 00 am to 4; 00 pm|
|Location||W4VR+FX7 – Ras al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates|
|Contact Details||+971 800 1700|
3. Dhayah Fort
Dhayah Fort, which was once a military defense tower, plays a central role in the long-reaching history of Ras Al-Khaimah. The present fort, the Dhayah Fort, is the only hill remaining in the UAE, at a time when it was used as a fortification and settlement in the Late Bronze Age. The castle-like building is located in the center of a bustling oasis offering 360-degrees views from above down to the sea. This was also an important monument in history where the local Qawasim tribes and British troops had fought a battle in 1819.
The 19th-century mud-brick fort, located 20Km to the north now serves as the main site for viewing the panoramic views of the city. Climbing the zigzagging stairs to get the top is surely worth the effort to enjoy the spectacular views of the city.
|Activities||Walk up 100 steps to the top of the hill, explore the history of the place, sightseeing.|
|Timings||09;00 am to 05:00 (Sunday to Thursday)|
|Location||Northern, Al Rams, Ras al Khaimah|
4. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
The amazing Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is not a place you want to miss out on your stay. Drawing inspiration from the old, opulent Arabian palaces, the traditional culture is combined with the modern looks to create an amazing blend. The resort hosts eight amazing lounges and restaurants, ideal accommodation, and attentive services with breathtaking Arabian shoreline views.
|Activities||Residence, Spa, Swimming, Beach, and Pool, visit nearby attractions, restaurants, and bars.|
|Location||WALDORF ASTORIA RAS AL KHAIMAH, Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E|
|Contact Details||+971 7 203 5555|
5. Ras Al Khaimah Desert
The Ras Al Khaimah Desert is simply amazing for a tourist visit. With silent moving dunes to eerie moonscapes, the desert was once home to the Bedouins back in the 3000BC. Their nomadic living style still lives today. The weather of the desert is surprising, with cool months and rainfall in the winter months. If you are an adventure enthusiast, the Ras Al Khaimah desert will take you through exciting activities like dune exploration in a quad bike, dune buggy, or 4×4 Land cruiser. Enjoy a tasty dinner under the stars and camp in the desert.
|Activities||Desert Safaris, Camel riding, BBQ Dinner, Quad Biking Tour, overnight camping, a hot air balloon ride over the desert, attending festivals|
|Location||RAS AL KHAIMAH, AL WADI DESERT, Al Mazraa, Wadi Khadija, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|
|Contact Details||+971 7 206 7777 ext. 5656, firstname.lastname@example.org|
6. Kayak through the Ras Al Khaimah mangroves
The amazing mangroves in Ras Al Khaimah host beautiful pink flamingoes who enjoy the beautiful views with upturned heads, feasting on the algae, plankton, shrimp, and crustaceans in the waters. Kayaking through the mangroves is a perfect activity for lovers of nature to enjoy a long break from the busy city life. Kayak with a knowledgeable guide who can acquaint you with the entire system of mangroves and the coast. You’ll also get to go through the marine life and you paddle across.
|Timings||11 am to 10 pm|
|Location||AL RAS KAYAK- Water Frontage of Al Naeem Mall – Bin Daher St – Ras Al-Khaimah – United Arab Emirates|
|Contact Details||+97156 665 1481 / +9717 244 8097|
|Cost||AED 185 for children (3 to 11 years), AED 295 for adults|
7. Kuwaiti Souq
Kuwaiti Souq is one of the many souqs in Ras al Khaimah that lie at the heart of the city. Here you learn to shop the local way, explore the traditional markets, and, bargain for the prices. Being an old Kuwaiti shopping place, the souq has many retail units and shops. The actual beauty of the place is in the festival seasons when the area is flooded with customers. From mops, spices, and other household items to fabric and clothes, you’ll find everything here.
|Activities||Shopping, dining, and food.|
|Timings||Sunday to Saturday – 8 am to noon prayer, and from 4 pm to 11 pm|
|Location||Old Ras Al Khaimah market, Sidroh – Ras al Khaimah|
Jebel Jais Flight takes you through the world’s longest zipline, stretching 2.8k, down the slope. Taking off from Jebel Jais summit, the zipliners travel at 120km/h speed to move across the mountain’s boulder-strewn ends and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountain scenery. If you want to experience the sky in all its beauty, take the Jais Sky tour, a less speedy ride down the zipline to enjoy the views.
|Activities||Jais Flight, Jais Sky Tour|
|Timings||Summer Season – 10:30 to 17:00
Winter Season – 09;30 to 16:00
|Location||Jebel Jais, W4VR+FX7 – Ras al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates|
+971 50 423 1542
|Cost||Starting from Dhs210|
9. 1484 by Puro
While Ras Al Khaimah is not short of places to visit, you may want to stop for a lunch or dinner break with a view. 1484 by Puro Ras Al Khaimah is the highest UAE restaurant, located at 1,484m above sea level. After your hike up the Jebel Jais mountain, enjoy a perfect culinary experience at 1484 by Puro. The restaurant serves mouthwatering food covering amazing lunch, breakfast, and dinner menus, one of the best in Ras Al Khaimah.
|Activities||Dine in for lunch, breakfast, or dinner, Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from a height|
|Timings||8:00 am to 7:00 pm|
|Location||Jebel Jais Branch – 1484 By Puro At the top of Jebel Jais, Jais Adventure Center
P.O.Box 17048 | Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
|Contact Details||+971 48157333
10. Hilton Ras al Khaimah Beach Resort
The Hilton Beach Resort in Ras Al Khaimah is a beautiful resort on its own located at the Arabian Gulf Shores. With the Emirate shorelines and Jebel Jais mountain peak, the resort hosts a large private beach along with 1.5km of golden sand. The amazing spa will indulge you in some self-pampering with its hammam, fitness facilities, Himalayan salt room, and swimming pools.
|Activities||Residence, Dining, Swimming, Water sports, golf, Jais flight, RAK dinner cruise, adventures of Hajar mountain, Suwaidi Pearls.|
|Timings||10;00 am to 1;00 am|
|Location||Al Maareedh Street, Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E|
|Contact Details||+971 7 228 8844|
11. Al Rams
Near Oman’s border, you’ll see Al Rams, the old fishing village, which was once one of the Tanaji tribes. Those who love nature will love visiting Saraya Island and Al Rams Beach because the waters are calm and shallow, a perfect place for watersports as well. You can enjoy watersports like paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, etc. Enjoy watching the camels as they ride by. You’ll also see the horse stable here.
|Activities||Swimming, Sunbathing, wild camping, water sports, leisure walk.|
|Timings||10 am to 5 pm|
|Location||Dhayah, Ras al-Khaimah,
United Arab Emirates
|Contact Details||07 221 1124|
One of the best things to do in Ras Al Khaimah is to camp at a good location and enjoy some soul food together. Explore the beautiful outdoors by camping in Camp 1770, the highest UAE camp. You can also enjoy camping in other areas like the Longbeach campground etc. You’ll get to explore the Bedouin lifestyle, visit fishing villages, and enjoy the views of the city.
|Activities||Sandboarding, camel rides, exploring Bedouin life, overnight dinner|
|Location||Longbeach campground, RAK glamping, the Dunes camping and Safari RAK, Camp 1770|
|Contact Details||055 228 4984, Bedouinoasis.org,
+971 50 280 3662, email@example.com
|Cost||From Dhs450, per couple/night|
13. Hike the Impressive Mountain Trails
At different areas in Ras Al Khaimah like the popular Jebel Jais, Sheri village, Wadi Shah, and Wadi Naqab, you’ll find impressive mountain trails to hike on. These trails are suitable for hiking for people of all ages and fitness levels. Either go for full-day hikes or morning hours to explore the jagged terrain and explore the history and nature of the area.
|Activities||Hiking, walking the jagged landscape, nature exploration, exploring history|
|Location||Wadi Naqab, Jebel Jais, Sheri Village trail, Wadi Shah,|
+971 50 280 3662
14. The Rainforest Ritz Carlton
Al Wadi Desert Ritz-Carlton is a unique experience, taking you through amazing hydrothermal experiences with the 16 water stations. The place has aroma steam, affusion showers, a hammam, brine cavern, ice igloo, sole therapy, and a rain walk as well. In the end, you get to use the vitality pool and relax on the lounge beds. In the pool, the soft water massage acupressure jets will release muscle tension and treat stress.
|Activities||Water Oasis, Hydrothermal massage, Vitality pool, Swimming, Nature Walks, Bike Rides, etc.|
|Timings||10;00 m to 7;00 pm|
|Location||RAS AL KHAIMAH, AL WADI DESERT, Al Mazraa, Wadi Khadija, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|
|Contact Details||+971 7 2067777 ext. 5705 or 5706|
15. Manar Mall
Manar mall is by far, the largest leisure and shopping mall in the city, being one of the most high-end malls here. It has everything under one roof ranging from popular accessories and clothing shops like Zara and Next, Superdry, H&M, and Marks & Spencer to other popular skincare and makeup brands like Sephora. The mall also has cinemas offering family experiences along with the RAK Airventure, a hot air balloon, 40 meters in the air.
|Activities||Shopping, Dining, Movie watching, water sports, entertainment|
|Timings||10:00 am to 12:00 am (Weekends)
10:00 am to 10:00 pm (Weekdays)
|Location||شارع المنتصر – Al Uraibi – Ras al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates|
|Contact Details||+971 7 227 0000,
16. Spa resorts
There is nothing better than enjoying a relaxing, comfortable time at a spa when you’re in Ras Al Khaimah. The city hosts many different top-class Spa resorts where you can recharge yourself to enjoy your trip in the best way! Get the best pampering at the Ras Al Khaimah spa resorts.
|Activities||Facials, massage, swimming, deep cleaning, treatments,|
|Location||Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert, The Rainforest, The Spa, Waldorf Spa, Avitane Spa, La’Mar Spa, Jouri Rose Spa|
|Contact Details||Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert – +971 7 206 7777
Jouri Rose Spa – +971 7 203 0000
La’Mar Spa – +971 7 203 6555
Avitane Spa – +971 7 244 4400
17. Food and Dining
When it comes to food and dining in Ras Al Khaimah, you have a lot of restaurant options like Skeek, 1484 by Puro, Lexington Grill, Belgian Beer Cafe, etc. Here you can enjoy authentic Arabian cuisine and have a family and friends time out. Enjoy “family-style” dining with amazing food options like mixed grills, large seafood platters, mezze platters, and much more. Other than the food, you can get your hands on string coffees as well. If you’re unsure about your food choices, the chefs will be ready to help you out.
|Activities||Dining, family and friends time our, enjoy Emirate food.|
|Location||1484 by Puro, UMI, Karma Kafe, Skeek, Lexington Grill, Meze, Belgian Beer Cafe, Piaceri Da Gustare|
18. Bear Grylls Explorers Camp
People looking for extreme adventures can go ahead with the Bear Grylls explorers camp Ras Al Khaimah to take on daring adventures. The camp was started by the British survival expert, a celebrity popular for his daring adventures. This camp course varies from some hours to days and includes daring family trips and experiences along with dining, with insects on the menu too. From starting a fire to sun navigation, the course teaches daring travelers real survival techniques.
|Activities||Learning survival techniques, family trips, dining, courses like starting a fire, enjoying sunset views.|
|Timings||3 pm to 11 am|
|Location||Jebel Jais Adventure Park, Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|
|Cost||Dh450/night per cabin – Weekdays
DH650/night per cabin – Weekends
19. RAK AirventureAbra in Ras Al Khaimah Creek
RAK AirvetnureAbra in Ras Al Khaimah is a truly amazing family experience offering aerial, breathtaking views of the city, and its urban and natural scenery from as high as 30 meters. Explore the beautiful views of Jebel Jais, lush mangroves, terracotta dunes, palaces, mosques, and the busy markets. Enjoy a fun and safe, 10-minute ride and soak in the amazing views of the city.
|Activities||Explore aerial, breathtaking views of the city|
|Timings||17;00 to Sunset|
|Location||Manar Mall, شارع المنتصر – Al Uraibi – Ras al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates|
|Contact Details||+971 4 457 3212|
20. Bassata Desert Village
Heading deeper into the desert in Ras Al Khaimah, you’ll find the Bassata Desert Village and Bedouin camp. The area is covered with beautiful terracotta-hued dunes and hosts many rare oryx, wild camels, and lone donkeys. Bassata desert village reflects the simple Bedouin life that continues in the emirates today. You can enjoy the loyalty of the Bedouins and experience amazing campfire celebrations here combined with folklore and Tanoura dances. Other than dining, you can also learn more about the Bedouin style of lifestyle.
|Activities||Campfire, eat and drink desert village’s specialty, learn about the Bedouin tradition, camel ride, sandboarding|
|Timings||Open 24 hours|
|Location||Bassata Village, Ras Al Khaimah United Arab Emirates|
|Contact Details||+971 50 859 0965|
21. La’mar Spa by Marjan Island Resort
La’mar Spa Ras Al Khaimah by Marjan Island Resort is located at Breeze land’s northernmost tip, a perfect place for pampering and relaxation. Translating to liquid gold in Arabic, Lamar Spa hosts eye-catching views of the Arabian Gulf and Ras Al Khaimah’s expansive shoreline. The Spa facilities are wide-ranging, from wellness and health to indoor pools and fitness gyms, you get to enjoy a luxury time to pamper yourself. The fitness classes also include several activities like Karate, yoga, cycling, swimming, and kickboxing. To relax and unwind, have a break at the jacuzzi.
|Activities||Swimming, dining at cafes and restaurants, spa, gym, kickboxing, karate, yoga, cycling, jacuzzi|
|Timings||10:00 am to 22:00 – Spa
07:00 and 22:00 – Gym
09:00 to 19:00 – Jacuzzi and indoor pool
|Location||Marjan Island Blvd, Al Marjan Island, P.O. Box 14745, Ras al Khaimah, UAE|
+971 7 2036666
Only at a distance of 50 minutes for Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect place for your vacation where you can enjoy all sorts of entertainment along with enriching yourself with the city’s long-reaching history.
Ras Al Khaimah is a wonderful place in the UAE, filled with never-stopping adventure and excitement. With so many exciting and entertaining things to do like the ones we’ve covered above, we don’t blame you if you don’t feel like leaving the place. Ras Al Khaimah, therefore, is a perfect example of a city that never goes to sleep. Whether it’s day or night, you’ll find the city awake in all its glory and you’ll always find something fun to do.
Top Attractions for Nature Lovers in the UAE
UAE offers some incredible natural places which are immensely popular among those who want an escape from the bustling and crowded city life. Nature has blessed UAE with irresistible beauty – from the deserts to the wadis to the beaches, each place offers so much to explore. When people think of UAE, the first thing that comes to mind is the vast skyscrapers, luxurious restaurants, and wide deserted landscape, but UAE is more than just that.
If you are planning to visit UAE, you should not limit your visit to shopping malls and sky-touching buildings but also try to spend some time close to mother nature and explore the gifts of nature that UAE has been blessed with.
Go through this list of the best natural places in UAE and see what is hidden in these exciting places.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are fond of spending your time close to the birds and plants, this place will excite you, with more than 20,000 migratory and resident birds living inside the sanctuary. With three different spots of bird hides placed strategically, you can spot various birds and see their life from closer. The health and safety of the wildlife are ensured by Dubai Municipality, which keeps on introducing various measures to preserve the wildlife. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the beginning of Dubai creek and houses mammals, fish, invertebrates, plants, flora, and fauna and offers a wonderful escape towards jungle life. You can even borrow binoculars to witness the animals and birds closely.
There is something soothing in the turquoise waters of Hatta Dam that makes this reserve rank among the best nature spots in UAE. The dam is surrounded by peaks and mountains and has some picturesque scenes to relish upon. Located almost 90 minutes from Dubai, Hatta Dam is covered by rugged peaks and offers various activities. You can witness various traditional reservoirs near the dam, making visiting the spot fun. You can get into various water adventures, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, and hiking. Those who are fond of camping will find a peaceful camp spot at Hatta Dam.
All those adventure junkies who are looking to spend some time exploring the Island will find numerous things to explore at Snoopy Island. Having the Hajar Mountains in the backdrop and huge sections of rocks, which are arranged in a way that gives an image of the iconic sleeping Snoop, serves as a tranquil destination. The Island is located on the coast of Fujairah and is covered by coral reefs. The crystal-clear waters of Snoopy Island and the rocky marine make it a perfect spot for divers and adventure lovers. Various restaurants are situated nearby where you can stay and enjoy the entirety of the destination.
Masfout, or Masfut or Masfoot, is a popular tourist attraction in Ajman that offers abundant natural treasures. Located almost 90 minutes from Ajman, Masfout is also a favorite destination for families who love to participate in various fun-filled activities such as mountain biking, exploration, and much more. This landlocked village has historical and cultural connections to the Arab tribes, where you can explore a number of hidden gems. Masfout also shares a close connection to Hatta, making traveling by car and bike easier.
Next on the list is the Fossil Rock in Sharjah, which is packed with marine fossils and gives the tourists an incredible experience of trekking and hiking. For those who want to know more about this natural spot, an educational tour can be taken under the guidance of the Mleiha Archaeological Center. It is only 1 hour away from Dubai and is a great spot for camping and hiking. The route to Fossil Rock can be complicated however, for adventure lovers, this fun ride is no less than an adventure.
With abundant natural pools, camping spots, and fun-filled cycle paths, Wadi Shawka is a breathtakingly beautiful natural spot in the south of Ras Al Khaimah, perfect for camping in UAE. During the winter, you can spot larger and wider water pools, making it a seasonal river bed. From hiking, cycling, and running, the outdoor activities at Wadi Shawka give you a chance to explore the beauty of the Wadi at its depth. The mountain footpaths and numerous camping sites at the Wadi hold secrets from years ago. The Shaley rock is an adventurous rocky area for walking that is not recommended for timid hearts. Wadi Shawka is among the country’s largest dams and attracts various wildlife throughout the year.
Al Qudra Lakes
If you want to explore endangered species such as Asian Houbara and Steppe Eagle, Al Qudra Lakes is a treasure for you, where you can enjoy the beauty of the lakes and explore the wildlife in their natural habitat. Not only is bird watching the primary purpose of visiting the lakes, but you can also enjoy camping, picnicking, and simply taking a ride. Plenty of flamingos, swans, ducks, desert foxes, onyxes, and various other animals can be seen around.
Al Qurm Nature Reserve
Situated on the east coast of Sharjah, on the outskirts of Kalba village, Al Qurm Nature Reserve has abundant aquatic and avian life. The paddle boat tours and guides are always there to help you educate about the history of this natural spot in UAE. Spanned across more than 500 hectares of mangroves, Al Qurm is also among the huge wildlife sanctuary in UAE where many mammals and birds reside. The green turtles nesting at the beach and the kingfishers flying over the mangroves are a sight worth watching.
Half desert road
The road does not take you to any destination but can make your family trips memorable while riding the vehicle between the road that is buried under the sand most of the time. If you are done with the overnight camping and want to do something different inside the deserted landscape, the half-desert road takes you to the exciting stretches of highway where you can witness the sand dunes in the surroundings. The picturesque views of sand surrounding everywhere let you take Instagramable photos. At this adventurous nature spot, you can also witness flora, fauna, and a lot of wildlife preserved in their natural habitat.
Jais Sky tour
An adrenaline-pumping experience that is not for everyone, and if you are not faint-hearted and want to experience ‘flying in the sky’ Jais Sky Tour will turn this wish into reality. The experience of flying at the speed of 60 kmph through six ziplines covers a distance of 5 kilometers, where you may explore the Hajar mountains from a bird’s eye view. Navigating through the sky and above a seal level of 1250 meters, this flying experience is unbelievably realistic.
Ditch the skyscrapers and fancy food spots, and head to the adventure that takes you closer to nature. On your trip to UAE, do not forget to visit these exciting spots, which take you closer to the natural treasures of UAE. Also, if you are fond of exploring wildlife, the various spots above take you closer to watching numerous animals, birds, and plants.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Is there an abundance of nature in the UAE?
The gifts from mother nature have blessed the UAE. From beaches to deserts to mountainous ranges, there is an abundance of nature reserves for those who love to spend time close to nature.
- How much of UAE consists of forests?
Almost 3.8 percent of the UAE is covered with forest.
- What are the popular outdoor activities in UAE?
Biking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, birding, and rafting are some of the popular outdoor activities in the UAE.
- Which is the greenest place in the UAE?
Al Ain is the greenest place in the UAE.
Best 8 Italian Restaurants in UAE
Dubai is home to various classic and contemporary cuisines from across the world. Italian cuisine is one such cuisine that is brought directly from the streets of Italy to your tables in Dubai if you are craving some amazing Italian food. Italian food is popular for bringing truly exceptional flavors to the taste buds with its wide range of food. From a classic Pizza to stuffed ravioli, you have a lot to drool over if you are a fan of Italian food.
We have enlisted top Italian restaurants which are popular for their authentic flavors and mesmerize visitors with their aesthetic Italian décor and vibes. You may consider visiting any of these to satisfy your cravings for Italian food instantly.
Alici has a modern cream interior that is wonderfully made by hand-painted pottery and artwork that depicts the true craftsmanship of Italian-based ‘The Anchovy Man.’ The food is excellent, with an exceptional ambiance, and while the dishes aren’t cheap, they’re also not outrageously costly either. The menu is vast and has a perfect inclusion of Italian-special beverages. The Italian chefs at Alici bring the true flavors to let you taste the authenticity of an Italian feast from the Amalfi coast. When at Alici, don’t forget to try Spaghetti alle vongole, Uovo Al Tartufo Bianco, Alla Catalana, and White Truffle.
Location: Bluewaters Island, Dubai, UAE
Contact Number: +971 4 275 2577
If you want to get into the rich and luxurious dining experience of Italian food in UAE that is surrounded by the premium dining atmosphere, Armani/Ristorante is the best option to consider. The fancy and silvery scenic beauty surrounds the restaurant’s atmosphere, where the Italian chefs combine the earthy aroma and scrumptious flavors to bring a dining experience like no other. From their diverse A la Carte to premium sweets, you get Italian classics that are made with authentic and rich ingredients. Some of the must-try Italian delicacies at Armani/Ristorante include Burrata, Spaghetti Alla Chitarra, Beetroot, and oysters.
Location: Burj Khalifa, 1 Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Contact Number: +971 4888 3888
Since it first opened at one of the crowded and loved dining areas in DIFC in 2012, Roberto’s has become a favorite. From private meetings to business gatherings, dining areas are specified for each requirement. When it comes to catching a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa in all its shimmering 163-story magnificence, the terrace that has only recently undergone renovations is a popular destination in the winter. The items on the menu are traditional and thoughtfully prepared using high-quality ingredients. Don’t worry if you are not a meat lover, as there is a special vegan menu for vegetarians, and every dish has scrumptious flavors to let your taste buds dance. Their must-try dishes include smoked spaghetti, Tuna tartare, vongole, Fettucine Roberto’s, and tortellini.
Location: Gate Village, Building number 1, DIFC, Dubai
Contact Number: +971 4 386 0066
Eataly is extremely popular among those visitors who love authentic Italian Pizza as this place offers a wide choice of Pizzas made with original signature flavors. The oozing and flavorful goodness of Padella carne and Butternut Squash Pizza are ready to take you on the rollercoaster ride of authentic Italian flavors. There are various other Italian delicacies included in the vast menu of Eataly, along with a specially designed kids’ menu as well. The recommended Italian food to try at Eataly includes Zuppa Di Zucca, Lobster and Crab Cakes, Gamberi, Pollo, Crustacean Salad, and Lasagna Classica.
Location: The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, JBR, Dubai Hills Estate, Dubai
Contact Number: +971 4 330 8899
5. Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro brings authentic and traditional Tuscan recipes to your tables in Dubai within the premises of a minimal yet enticing dining atmosphere. If you want to enjoy Italian wine, Il Borro features a wine list that has been thoughtfully chosen and is a true reflection of Tuscan grape varietals. It originated from the Ferragamo Family’s estate and may be regarded as a contemporary rendition of Tuscan cuisine and a traditional Italian restaurant with its roots derived from 1993. Their extensive menu includes a variety of Italian dishes, including Linguine allspice, Gnocchi ai Quattro formaggi, Tagliata di Wagyu, Pizza al Tartufo, Asparagi, and much more.
Location: Jumeirah al Naseem hotel, turtle lagoon, Dubai, UAE
Contact Number: +971 4 275 2555
Not only the location of Gia is prestigious, but the food as well fulfills your Italian food cravings. Shopping in Dubai is unlike any other city, and the same is true for Dubai’s mall dining, where options go far beyond greasy pizza slices and bland bowls of noodles. GIA is a premium place for a mid-shopping dinner and is close to top brands, including Burberry and Valentino. The GIA restaurant has a fantastic location right next to The Dubai Fountain, which means that customers will be treated to their gnocchi in addition to a menu of traditional foods while enjoying the eye-sparkling views of the Dubai Fountain. If you plan to visit Gia, don’t forget to try Burraya E Pomodori, Shakshuka, Burrata, and Tagolini Al Tartufu.
Location: Unit GF, 320 New Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Dubai
Contact Number: +971 4 234 9986
Scalini was first established in London in 1988, and due to its rich flavors, this Italian Restaurant became an instant hit among visitors. The popularity of Scalini reached the city of Dubai, and this well-established restaurant brand opened Scalini in Dubai with wholesome and delicious menu items. Scalini recalls a southern Italian beach vibe with its traditional Italian-style décor containing touches of neutral tones and a contemporary mix of colorful artwork. The restaurant is the embodiment of a nostalgic and romantic ambiance that oozes out sophisticated old-school elegance. The must-try Italian dishes at Scalini Dubai include Orecchiette Allo Scarpariello, Avocado Scalini, Scampi, Lasagna, Canestrini Alla Nettuno, and Gelato del Giorno.
Location: Restaurant Village, Near Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeirah Road – Dubai
Contact Number: +971 4 349 0068
Due to its retro furnishings, shiny timber interiors, and brown leather chairs, Cipriani transports its visitors back to the 1950s and 1960s. To get some vintage Italian vibes and luscious Italian flavors, don’t forget to visit Cipriani and enjoy the exquisite Italian dishes. From signature Bellini’s, Cipriani Egg Tagliardi with Spinach to Virgin Bellini Cipriani and Cipriani biscuits, a variety is offered in the cozy atmosphere of Cipriani.
Location: DIFC Gate Village 10, towards DIFC Parking, DIFC, Dubai
Contact Number: +971 4 347 0003
Popular Italian food in the UAE
Italian cuisine has a variety of food choices that are admired for their rich and tender flavors. Since UAE houses almost all cuisines of the world, it is easy to find all types of Italian food items in its food hub. Some of the popular and delicious Italian food items which are easily available in the authentic Italian restaurant in Dubai include:
- Burrata E Pomodori
- Branzino al vapor
- Torta Salata
- Spaghetti Alla Carbonara
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Which place serves the best Italian pizza in UAE?
Eataly offers the best Italian pizza in UAE.
- What is the popular Italian dessert?
Cannoli is the most popular Italian dessert, which is a tube-shaped dough with a sweet, creamy filling.
- What is the popular Italian food in Italy?
The most popular Italian dish Italians are proud of is Spaghetti Alla Carbonara.
- Which is the oldest traditional dish in Italy?
The oldest and most traditional Italian food is Lasagna.
Best 8 Water Parks in Dubai
You won’t be surprised to discover the number of water parks in Dubai, considering its extremely hot temperature. Although there are many things to explore in Dubai, if you want to beat the sun’s scorching heat, a waterpark is the place to go. With a lot of splashing, twisting, and screaming with fun, the Dubai waterparks are immensely enjoyable and will surely, give you an instant adrenaline pump.
Some of the most fun-filled waterparks on this side of the UAE will cool down your body temperature and offer an environment where you can enjoy it freely. Let’s find out everything about the best water parks in the UAE, where you are bounded to have a fun time.
1. Atlantis Aquaventure
The reason why Atlantis Aquaventure is atop this list is its immense popularity everywhere around the world. The beauty and enthrallment of Atlantis Aquaventure are so mesmerizing that many visitors fly down to Dubai specifically for this exhilarating water park. Aquaventure has become an icon in Dubai tourism since its inauguration. It is a fun-filled spot for families to spend a day because it has rides and a shark-filled lagoon that puts you right next to sharks in captivity. After entering the park, you may also visit its lovely private beach. Innovative waterslides, unique rides and attractions, and of course, extreme slides for thrill-seekers are what make this waterpark so fantastic. Leap of Faith, a water coaster that drops you quickly from a 9-story height, is one of the most well-known attractions in Atlantis. Zoomerango, the largest tube waterslide, and Trident Tower in the city are some of the major attractions at Atlantis Aquaventure.
Unfortunately, the park can get really busy during the holiday season, and you might not find a spot on your desirable ride. Also, do not take the thrilling rides if you are afraid, as some of these are designed only for those who can handle the experience of these rides.
Location: Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai, UAE
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Ticket Price: AED 299 for adults, AED 250 for kids under 1.2m. Kids under the age of 2 are free.
2. LEGOLAND Water Park
LEGOLAND is specifically designed for kids where they can have the most enjoyable experience as the park is packed with a lot of exciting rides and water pools which are designed for younger crowds. In Dubai’s Legoland Water Park, all childhood dreams involving Legos come true. It is one of the few water parks in Dubai that is specially made for kids from 2 to 12 years old. In addition to its main draws like the Splash Safari and Joker Soaker, Legoland Water Park provides an exceptional chance to construct your own watercraft. Before navigating the river, enjoy designing your raft. Many slides can be enjoyed in circles as a double or family, making it a perfect destination for family bonding. There is a special DUPLO Splash Safari section for toddlers as well.
Since there are many things to do and explore around LEGOLAND Waterpark Dubai, a one-day trip to LEGOLAND wouldn’t be enough. Also, teenagers and adults might not find this waterpark as exciting as the attractions and rides are more friendly for kids.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE
Opening Hours: Everyday: 10 AM to 7 PM
Ticket Price: AED 330 per person. Kids under 3 are free.
3. Wild Wadi Waterpark
Whether you’re searching for anything hair-raising or just hoping not to get your hair wet at all, there’s something for everyone, with about 30 entertaining slides and activities. Wipeout and Riptide Flow riders offer waves for surfers and would-be surfers. Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon provides more than 100 water attractions for children, and a major attraction is the Jumeirah Sceirah which is the fastest free-fall water slide in the UAE. Not only the place excites kids, but for people of every age group, there are various fun-packed activities to indulge in. You will be enthralled by seeing the largest wave pool, Breakers Bay, which produces 4.9 feet high waves at the Wild Wadi. There are retail outlets inside the waterpark from where you can purchase swim shirts, towels, or any swimming equipment.
Location: Jumeirah Road, Dubai, UAE
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Ticket Price: AED 336 for adults
AED 284 for people under 1.1m in height
4. Laguna Waterpark
Laguna Waterpark has four zones to ensure a fun time for everyone: Surf, Relax, Slide, and Splash. It contains four lazy rivers, a pool lounge, a designated kids’ area, and its five main rides. The Ultimate Surf Machine is one of just three in the world and its most famous product. The Aqualoop and the Mad Racer are further attractions. Access to all the exclusive sections is available at Laguna for a fair fee with day passes. Located in the heart of La Mer, Laguna Waterpark takes your water-riding experience to a top-notch level. This park is unique because it focuses far more on soaking up the beachside vibes than high-flying spills.
Location: La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Ticket Price: AED 125 for Dubai residents
AED 200 for non-residents
5. YAS Waterworld
Yas Waterworld immediately became one of the top water parks in the world after its inauguration in 2013. In addition to other water-based delights, Yas Waterworld has the first hydro-magnetic tornado waterslide in the world, providing visitors with the best water park experience in the entire globe. Yas Waterworld draws huge crowds all year long, which is a testament to its high quality and appeal to everyone from top celebrities to families and UAE natives. Being a winner of multiple awards in the Middle East, YAS Waterworld is highly popular among people of each age group. Al Raha Lazy River and Bandit Bomber are some of the entertainment rides to boost your adrenaline. With dedicated splash areas for kids and friendly rides for toddlers, YAS Waterworld offers a unique water experience to everyone.
Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Opening Hours: Everyday: 10 AM to 7 PM
Ticket Price: AED 270
6. Splash N Party
Although there is plenty of entertainment for adults, Splash n Party is designed specifically for kids between the ages of two and ten, where your little ones can enjoy splash pads and thrilling water rides. The waterpark is fantastic for hosting huge groups and great for kids’ parties. It’s a lively, colorful, and secure area where kids can run about and enjoy the park’s water rides. Due to waist-level water restrictions and shorter ride height requirements than typical parks, extra caution has been taken. The lucrative party packages are also planned around memorable birthday celebrations. Splash N Party is a perfect venue for business openings, private parties, or small gatherings.
Location: Al Safa 2, Street 8A, Villa no. 1, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9 AM to 8 PM
Friday-Sunday: 9 AM to 9 PM
Ticket Price: AED 100 per child with one free entry for an adult. An extra AED 50 is to be paid for an additional adult entry.
7. Ice Land Water Park
Based on an ice theme, Ice Land Water Park is a beautiful spot to escape the heat of Dubai. It’s in Ras Al Khaimah, which is around an hour’s drive from Dubai. In addition to fun rides, a family pool, beach access, and a dedicated entertainment crew, the park also features fifteen other attractions, including private cabanas, a beautiful beach, an Olympic-sized lap pool, and much more. Amazing sunsets can be seen there thanks to the stunning vista of the Hajar Mountains to the east. The park is expanded over 100,000 square meters and houses the largest artificial waterfall in the world, The Penguin Falls.
Location: 6581 Al Jazeera, Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah
Opening Hours: Everyday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Ticket Price: AED 75 per person below 1.2m in height
AED 90 per person above 1.2m in height
8. Jungle Bay
Jungle Bay is among the newly opened water parks in Dubai, and soon after its inauguration in February 2021, the park has been loved by the masses. The park has a distinct Aegean air, making you feel as though you’ve been transported right to the shores of Santorini, thanks to its simple beauty and shades of blue and white surrounded by lush foliage. Enjoy sliding down the Whizzard, Body, and gentle kids’ slides. The slides at Jungle Bay Dubai will revive your mood. The 6-meter wave pool is perfect for families and provides hours of splashing fun. The Aqua play is designed to entertain kids of all ages for hours. While your kids are having fun with their playdate, watch them from the sidelines.
Location: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE
Opening Hours: Everyday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Ticket Price: AED 200 for weekdays
AED 250 for weekends
Things to consider before visiting a water park in Dubai
The fun and excitement are guaranteed if you plan to visit a water park in Dubai. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning your visit to your favorite waterpark anytime soon.
- The water parks are based on different themes, so it is important to find out the theme if it is according to your age and interest.
- The water parks are crowded most during the weekends, so to avoid crowding, planning your visit around the weekdays when there are fewer gatherings is recommended.
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen unless the scorching sun heat will burn your skin.
- Keep yourself hydrated as much as you can.
- Look out for the online discounts of your favorite water park in Dubai, as various parks offer lucrative deals and discounts to visitors.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What is the best time to visit a waterpark in Dubai?
The best time to visit a waterpark in Dubai is during the months of November to April.
- What is the biggest waterpark in Dubai?
Atlantis Aquaventure is the largest waterpark in Dubai.
- Which is the most famous waterpark in Dubai?
Atlantis Aquaventure and Wild Wadi are among the most famous waterparks in Dubai.
- Atlantis Aquaventure or Wild Wadi – which is the best water park to visit as a tourist?
Atlantis Aquaventure is more suitable for adults and older kids, while Wild Wadi is specifically designed for kids. You may visit any of these based on your age and interests.
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