Ras Al Khaimah

Dhayah Fort

This 16th-century mud-brick fort was built in a strategic hilltop position facing the gulf to defend the region from attack by the British. As a defensive military tower, theDhayah Fort played an important role in the history of Ras Al-Khaimah. Other ruined fortifications and watchtowers can be seen to the south of the hill. A battle in 1891 between the emirate and British forces resulted in the destruction of much of the fortifications here. The panoramic views from the fort’s ramparts are well worth the trip here, and for anyone interested in history, exploring the fort itself is one of this small emirate’s top things to do.