Desert sands are often described as timeless. But what if you could actually turn back time with a trip to the desert? If you could unravel the culture, people and landscapes of what is a rather new destination to world travellers – Ras Al Khaimah. The United Arab Emirate state is in sharp contrast to its neighbour Dubai, in that it offers a step-back-in-time experience of the Emirates. Dubai is brash and soaring towards the 22nd century – never mind sprinting through the 21st. Abu Dhabi is a glittering insight into Arabian life, but Ras Al Khaimah gives visitors a taste of a bygone age of the Emirates.