The Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to Ras Al Khaimah

The northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah might not be as well-known as its glamorous neighbours, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. However, Ras Al Khaimah is a hidden gem for foodies seeking authentic Middle Eastern and Emirati cuisine. With its rich cultural heritage and diverse culinary influences, Ras Al Khaimah offers a unique gastronomic experience that’s not to be missed. In this ultimate foodie’s guide, we’ll take you on a mouthwatering journey to this foodie destination.

1484 By Puro

The highest restaurant in the UAE, 1484 By Puro can be found on Ras Al Khaimah’s tallest mountain, Jebel Jais. It gets its name from the fact that it’s 1,484 metres above sea level, and offers stunning panoramic views of the Hajar Mountains. Guests can sit outside on the terrace, or take in the views from inside, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. With a menu curated to perfection, 1484 by Puro serves up a mix of dishes inspired by the Arabian Gulf as well as international flavours, all meticulously prepared using locally sourced ingredients

Karma Kafe

One of the most popular spots in Dubai, Karma Kafe opened a branch in Ras Al Khaimah in 2021. This Pan-Asian restaurant can be found at the Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island, and diners can enjoy uninterrupted sunset views from this foodie destination’s open-air terrace. This restaurant serves up delicious Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese dishes, as well as music from the resident DJ every evening.


Farmhouse can be found deep in the desert at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. This homely foodie destination is a culinary haven that celebrates nature’s bounty. At Farmhouse, diners can savour the harmony of exquisite flavours while immersing themselves in the beauty of Ras Al Khaimah’s natural landscape. This rustic gem takes pride in its use of fresh ingredients, including wild meats and homegrown vegetables, and the terrace offers breathtaking views of the serene desert dunes, creating the perfect backdrop for a memorable meal.

Sonara Camp Al Wadi

This desert getaway can be found hidden in the dunes of the 1,235-acre Al Wadi Nature Reserve. At Sonara Camp Al Wadi, visitors get the chance to dine under the stars at this foodie destination, and even catch a glimpse of desert wildlife including oryx, gazelles, and Arabian foxes. The award-winning chef has created a fusion Mediterranean menu, with dishes ranging from gazpacho to a roast rack of lamb. It’s not all about the food here – there’s live music and entertainment, as well as activities including archery and sandboarding.

Zaitouna House

If you’re looking for some al fresco dining, this hidden culinary gem lies on the waterfront at Marjan Island Resort & Spa Al Marjan Island, overlooking the ocean. Enjoy Lebanese and Levant-inspired dishes at this authentic eatery, such as hummus, fattoush, or kebabs – all while taking in the sunset and enjoying the ocean breeze.

From traditional Arabic dishes to international cuisine and everything in between, Ras Al Khaimah is a foodie destination that has something to satisfy every palate. So, if you’re a gourmand looking for a unique culinary experience, make sure to add Ras Al Khaimah to your travel bucket list – and talk to the team at Safarak to sort out a gastronomic itinerary for you. Your taste buds will thank you for it!