The Dhayah Fort is the only still existing hilltop fort in the UAE. While settlements in the Dhayah area date back at least 5000 years, todays fort was build in the 19th century on the ruins of a former fort, which was the last point of resistance in Ras al Khaimah against the British troops in 1819. The fort was restored in 1990.
Located on the top of a hill in front of the mountains the fort offers a good view of the surrounding palm groves and the bay of Dhayah up to the coast line. It is a quite nice place to watch the sunset.
The fort can easily be reached through a concrete staircase starting atthe parking lot in front of the Qalat Dhayah Rest House. And one should definitely combine a visit to the fort with a visit to the palm grove at the Qalat Dhayah Rest House. If you have more time, you can also visit the ancient tombs nearby.