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Uncover the historic Bedouin culture of this diverse Emirate
To the north of Dubai, close to Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, Ras Al Khaimah presents an authentic Arabian desert experience. Fringed by the majestic Al Hajar Mountains amid swathes of golden dunes, this breathtaking place promises indulgent solitude.
Best time to visit Ras Al Khaimah
The United Arab Emirates are warm all year round, but the best time to visit is from November to March when the average maximun temperature is 25°C. May to September are the hottest months, when temperatures often exceed 40°C.
Ras Al Khaimah holiday highlights
Ras Al Khaimah
Leave the bright lights and glamour of the city behind and head towards the endless, dramatic desertscapes surrounding Ras Al Khaimah. Here, traditional Arabic cultures, dazzling night skies, fascinating wildlife and a slow pace of living awaits.
If you’re a couple seeking romantic seclusion in the desert, head for the stunning The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. Here you can enjoy a variety of activities before gazing skyward as the stars dot the night sky in a glittering canopy that sweeps over peaceful rolling dunes.
At under an hour’s drive from Dubai, it’s easy to combine this idyllic place for a great multi-centre holiday that offers the opportunity to experience a taste of Arabia – both old and new.
Family-friendly activities within Ras Al Khaimah are primarily available within resort, offering facilities such as children and teens’ clubs, scuba diving lessons, kids’ pools, early dining options and specially-selected accommodations with interconnecting rooms.
World class hotels
Much like Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah’s hotels offer international standards of service with more of a traditional, yet relaxed ambience to complement its peaceful surrounds. Perfectly situated in the eco-rich Wadi Khadeja, a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert allows you to experience true Arabian nights within a desert sanctuary. The hotel’s luxurious all-pool villas offer the perfect fusion of opulence within the comfort of your own surroundings. Observe the gazelles, camels and oryxes that wander past your window against a backdrop of the Al Hajar Mountains.
If you don’t want to be completely shut off, you can enjoy use the facilities at the rewly renovated The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, just under a 20-minute drive away. This coastal resort offers more of a chilled-out beach escape, with a superb restaurant and trendy beach club on offer.
Getting around Ras Al Khaimah is relatively easy, with taxis and resort shuttles the primary mode of transport. There is also a complimentary shuttle that runs between the The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert andThe Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach for guests.
Things to do
A wide range of escorted excursions are widely available from both Dubai and Ras al Khaimah. These include desert safaris with Bedouin dinners, a visit to Ferrari World and city tours of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.