Flying High in the UAE: Airborne Adventures to Lift Your Spirits

The seaside, sunlit United Arab Emirates (UAE) is like nowhere else in the world. The country offers a sculpted desert landscape, dramatic mountain peaks, beautiful and tranquil coastlines, stunning mixture of modern and ancient art and architecture, world-class dining and shopping and access to unique and exciting attractions and activities.

The UAE is something special to experience on land, but there's nothing like experiencing it from above. Those daring visitors who are up for an adrenaline-filled airborne adventure won't be disappointed: there are countless ways to get a breathtaking view of the country from the clouds.

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) a beautiful and quickly growing travel destination ruled by Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, prides itself on continually offering its visitors new and exciting amenities, services and attractions, including a number of impressive ways to catch an aerial view of the landscape.

Plane Rides

Taking a short trip in a small private plane is a great way to see the sights, and RAK has several options for visitors. Seawings offers rides on a seaplane that seats up to nine, and takes passengers for a breathtaking tour of the Hajjar mountains and the surrounding coastline, as well as a fantastic glimpse of World Island, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa cityscapes.

If you'd like more personal and hands-on experience, the Jazirah Aviation Club offers patrons the chance to take a ride in—and copilot—a two-person microlight aircraft. Passengers from Singapore to Minnesota are treated to a sky view of the desert and coastal landscape, while getting an opportunity to take the reins and help fly the plane.

Parasailing and Paragliding

Parasailing and paragliding let you soar through the air for a bird's eye view of your surroundings. The Hilton Ras Al Khaimah offers exciting parasailing tours, and the Jazirah Aviation Club offers paragliding adventures, as well as paragliding training courses.


The gyrocopter is a fun and futuristic way to fly. Soaring over the landscape in one of these small crafts is almost as close as you can get to flying free. This is definitely a thrilling adventure—one you can do with ease in RAK. Emirates Aerosports offers gyrocopter tours, on which you can cruise past mountains and over coastlines at 150 KM per hour. You can choose between a leisurely flight, or one sure to give you an adrenaline rush. You can even play pilot for a short time.

Hot Air Balloons

A balloon ride is possibly one of the most spectacular, one-of-a-kind ways to experience the UAE, airborne or otherwise. Balloon Adventures in Dubai—a province about an hour from RAK—offers balloon tours of the surrounding landscape, where passengers will be treated to aerial views of sparkling coastlines, sweeping red desert scenes and even herds of camel crossing the landscape. Once the balloon lands, passengers can meet friendly locals and experience local culture.

Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi takes immense pride in Ras Al Khaimah, and wants visitors to experience its beauty and adventurous spirit. Whether you stay on terra firma, cruise the ocean or find a perfect way to see RAK from the air, His Highness invites you to come visit and enjoy everything this emirate has to offer.

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