Ras Al Khaimah’s name refers to the bedouin shelter symbolizing traditional Arab friendship and hospitality. This Emirate is one of the most natural beauty spots in the region. surrounded by sea, tranquil lagoons, desert and mountains, it is known for its camping grounds and spectacular walking trails. The city of ras Al Khaimah, the capital of the emirate, is divided into two parts by a water gill named Khour ras Al Khaimah. The mangroves that flourish in and around ras Al Khaimah city are an added attraction. These mangroves run northwards along the coast in sheltered inlets and teem with birds and sea life.
It lies at the foot of the Hajar mountains, bordering the sultanate of oman. Attractions include an interesting museum, an atmospheric old town, souk and fishing port, and the best camel racing in the country. The Khatt springs are nearby where the naturally heated waters are believed to have healing properties. Arabian Explorers can also organize themed or group events including beach based and sporting activities.
Golfing is an added attraction, the Tower links 18-hole golf course provides challenges for all standards of play. Camel racing, four-wheel driving and trekking are just some of the activities on offer in ras Al Khaimah. Nestled in the lee of the mountains in the north, shamal has several tombs whose historical background dates back to about 4,500 years. The modern village of shamal houses the palace of the Queen of sheba.
The UAE in general and Ras Al Khaimah in particular is well known for its folklore, folk music, folk dance and other traditional and popular art forms which embody and reflect the social, ethical and aesthetic values of the community. Traditional dances for example are meaningful movements played rhythmically to symbolize the common ideas and likes of a certain community.
It is one of the oldest art forms of Ras Al Khaimah and is performed only here. The songs during this performance are divided into three sections. Drum players stand between two rows of performers comprising the band. One of the performers begins by reciting a line of poetry. He repeats it a number of times until the other performers have memorized it. Then he recites another line of poetry from the same poem. The first line is a start and the second is the astinato or pedal.
The two rows of dancers rhythmically move forward and backward, a row bows and drummers keep drawing nearer to it for 10 minutes while moving their heads. The opposite row repeats the some movements as the drummers draw nearer to them as well. Dancers with swords and guns add charm to the show. This folkdance is usually performed on special occasions, feast days and at wedding parties.
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