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National Museum of Ras al Khaimah

The National Museum of Ras al Khaimah is currently still under refurbishment so you might want to wait a few weeks. It’s still well worth a visit now though

Like some other museums in the UAE, Ras al Khaimah museum served first as a fort and royal residence and then a police station and prison before taking on its current role.

As you enter, you are served Arabic coffee or tea and can sit in the majlis to drink it before starting your tour.

The building has two levels around a courtyard with a third level in the turrets to look out for approaching enemies on both land and sea. It’s worth climbing up for the view. (You might not want to do it with small children though as the wall is very low.)

National Museum of Ras al Khaimah

The rooms on the ground floor contain different galleries and as well as more recent items, there are displays with items dating back thousands of years.

The displays are labelled and the information plaques give clear information which is easy to read and understand.

There is also a madbasa where dates were pressed to make dhibs, or date syrup.

The courtyard is a lovely place to sit and listen to the birds but you’ll need to wait till all work has finished for that at the moment.

What else to visit nearby:

Qawasim Corniche

Manar Mall Promenade

Mohammed bin Salam Mosque (restored mosque around 200 years old)

RAK corniche

Flamingo Beach

What else to visit in RAK:


Wadi Ghalila




Al Hamra Old Village

Jebel Jais

See also What to do in Ras al Khaimah

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