Posted by Bob Brunskill
Tourism officials in Ras Al Khaimah are planning to launch tours to more remote parts of the emirate as a means of introducing visitors to authentic Emirati culture.
Mahmoud Abu Ali, RAK's acting director of tourism promotion, said the government was developing mechanisms to meet the rising demand for such tours from both Emiratis and visitors.
Speaking to the National, he said: "If tourists come, they go to the hotel, they deal with foreigners and they don't meet Emiratis. We need to change this.
"We're going to introduce the heritage to tourists. We're going to take them to the mountains."
According to the newspaper, RAK has more than a dozen folklore societies and six heritage museums, most of which are hidden in family homes or remote buildings located in "far-flung villages".
RAK Tourism stated that it will offer positions to three Emiratis to act as tour guides at the end of the month and five by the end of the year as a means of boosting its heritage offering.
The news comes as Ice Land Water Park, part of the 125-acre WOW RAK theme park and resort destination in Ras Al Khaimah, was opened to the public yesterday (September 29th).