Experience and visit the history of Ras Al Khaimah with preservations and local heritage. Our tour will take you to each place and provide the history of each visited place.
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This impressive prehistoric tomb (15m in diameter) is the largest of its kind known in the UAE and Oman. It belongs to the Umm al-Nar period.
Umm al-Nar (Arabic for "Mother of fire") is the name given to a bronze age culture that existed from 2600-2000 BC in modern-day United Arab Emirates and Northern Oman. The etymology derives from the island of the same name which lies adjacent to Abu Dhabi. WikiPedia
Built with enormous physical effort and wealth, this circular tomb was used as a communal family or tribal grave. For more than 100 years the dead were buried in three family vaults divided by internal walls into several burial chambers.
The lush and fertile palm gardens of Nakheel have always been an important source of food and water. Many people lived inside these shaded oasis. It was known to be a sanctuary from the summer heat. They lived in mud brick houses and palm frond huts (Areesh) but rarely in stone houses which were only built by royals.
These families were able to construct a larger compound including a tower. Hudaybah Tower was originally part of such a compound whose buildings have long been demolished but this tower.
Very few historic stone houses survived like these summer houses built by richer families of the past in Shimal. These stuctures still provide an important insight into the traditions of the past.
One of Ras Al Khaimah's most impressive natural features is the valley of Beeh (Wadi Beeh). A dramatic steep valley in the mountains washed out over thousands of years of flooding winter rains. During this process a huge gravel-fan, up to 20km wide, was created at the outlet of the valley. At the edge of this fan a fertile green belt of palm gardens developed due to the richness of the water soaked ground. This area, called Shimal, has long been covered with date palms and served as an important source of food and water since ancient time.
Falayah was built in the 18th century serving as a summer residence for the ruling Quwasim family. Surrounded by palm gardens it provided a pleasant retreat from the town of Ras Al Khaimah during the hot summer months.
It's historical importance dates back to the war between the Quwasim and the British / Omani forces in 1819. In the summer of 1820 a peace treaty between the Sheikhs of the Gulf coast and the British Government was signed in Falayah. This treaty can be seen as the foundation of the United Arab Emirates.
Jazirat al-Hamra (Red Island) is the last authentic and traditional town still standing in the United Arab Emirates. Once a small Island, its inhabitants subsisted on maritime and pearl trading before they abandoned their houses in the middle of the 20th century when the rush to modernise started.
This medieval palace is the only ancient Islamic palace known in the UAE and dates back to the Julfar period (13th-16th centure CE). It is assumed to have been the residence of the ruler of Julfar, once the most famous and prosperous trading town in the whole lower Gulf.
The term "Queen of Sheeba's Palace" refers to the famous queen, who is mentioned in the Holy Qur'aan and is said to have ruled the Kingdom of Marib in Yemen around 1000 BC.
The National Museum is located in the historical Fort "Husn" is old Ras Al Khaimah close to the sea. Founded in the 18th century it has been rebuilt and work on extensively over the last 200 years to meet the needs of the time.
It was originally erected as a defence of the ruling Quwasim family since the 20th century before being converted into a museum in 1987.
Today, many rooms exhibit historical, ethnographic and archaeological material relating to this Emirate and is open to the public.
With a backdrop of steep mountanis, the bay of Dhayah has always been a very fertile area and has been settled in at least since the third millenium BC.
A conical shaped hill at the edge of the palm gardens and at the foot of the mountains, serverd as a natural defence post for the oasis. People has used this hill since prehistoric times for settlement and fortification alike.