Sunday, September 11, 2005


Ras Al Khaimah is complaining that nobody takes it seriously. Ah well. I've only ever really been there once.

About ten years ago.

We were fairly fresh in the country, and decided that we should really check it all out. So one weekend we jumped in the Jeep and headed up to RAK. We took stuff for a barbecue, and were looking forward to a nice day on the beach. After all, the place was recommended by Anna, BetterArf's sun-worshipping buddy, who would go up there at least once a month.

Well, we got to RAK Town: nothing much there. We headed off to the beach, which was strewn with the skeletons of goats, sheep and at least one camel. Maybe they had recently had some traditional animal-slaughtering festival. Maybe the stuff was washed up by the sea. Maybe this was just where animals went to die. Whatever, we couldn't figure it out, but we certainly weren't going to do a barbecue there. I think we had a quick lunch at one of the little hotels, and then drove back to Dubai as quickly as possible.

Sometime later BetterArf asked Anna about her pre-occupation with RAK. 'Oh no, I don't go for the beaches, my tailor lives there!'. Ah, so now we know.

Anyway, I'm probably being terribly unkind to Ras Al Khaimah, and after ten years it might be about time to give it a second chance. I'll be sure to let you know if we do.


Blogger Dhabi Dabbler said...

Stayed in the Hilton several times. Very good beach club and friendly service. Often a belly dancer in the buffet restaurant. Otherwise the scenery is great - try the wadi beh route if you have a 4x4 or just go up to the Musandam -but don't forget your passport. Now the new road is finished should be easier - if you can find how to get on it!

7:55 pm  
Blogger strangeloops said...

Spent an afternoon there. It was a nice drive, and we ended up in a shopping mall. Actually, the experience wasn't so different from being in Dubai.

A few months ago, a Canadian contractor we work with sent a crew to Dubai, and they had a hard time finding hotels. They ended up staying in RAK, and commuting back and forth every day :)

8:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WE like to maintain the illusion that RAK is the same as it was 10 years ago, that way the Emirates highway remains a bit quieter! 10 years ago, Dubai was a good place to visit and live, now I avoid it like the plague. How anyone can live there is beyond me.
RAK is now similar to Dubai 15 years ago, but unfortunately is developing very quickly.

9:59 am  

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