Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa

Planning Your Trip

Just an hour from Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah offers tranquility, the splendors of nature, and the adventure of the desert all in one luxurious location. From fine dining to a sunset camel caravan, here is what to bring to make the most of every moment.

Tented Villa - Bedroom
Tented Villa - Bedroom
What to Pack
The Ritz-Carlton, Al Wadi Desert

Pack a lightweight shawl or scarf. It will come in handy if temperatures dip into the 50s in the desert, as shade when the sun is high in the sky, and as a head covering when visiting nearby mosques.

Outdoor Adventure

The northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is a haven for adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts, boasting untouched beaches and a virtually unlimited desert landscape to explore. Here’s what to pack:

  • Sunscreen with a high SPF is essential as sunshine is plentiful year-round and temperatures can soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • From nature drives to stargazing, there is ample opportunity to be outdoors all day. Pack lightweight layers to be prepared for shifting weather. While sun and warmth are virtually guaranteed, temperatures can dip into the 50s in the evening, particularly during winter.

  • Consider bringing a lightweight backpack or satchel to tote essentials like a refillable water bottle, layers and a camera while on your treks.
Day Trips

A short drive from the resort is a multitude of fascinating cultural experiences, from the hustle and bustle of Dubai to Al Jazeera Al Hamra. A few staple items are essential.

  • Whether you’re exploring the metropolis of Dubai or the 19th-century Dhayah Fort, a pair of sensible walking shoes is a must.

  • A hat or head covering is essential from sun up until sundown — the sun’s rays can be quite strong year-round.

  • Modest attire is recommended. While sleeveless shirts are suitable for a trek in the mountains, out of respect to the local community, visitors are advised to wear lightweight pants and shirts with sleeves while in the cities.
Winter Vacation

When winter comes and temperatures drop in Ras Al Khaimah, the northern emirate becomes a haven for enjoying the restorative sea breezes or catching a healthy winter tan.

  • Don’t forget to pack a camera. The winter lights are particularly stunning, and the spectacular hues of the sunrises and sunsets are something you’ll want to capture.

  • Don’t be fooled by the high daytime temperatures and bright sunshine. Come nighttime, the desert temperatures can drop precipitously and it is wise to have a jacket on hand.

  • Even in the middle of the desert, in winter, bring a swimsuit. Each of the 101 villas has a private pool, sun lounger and sun bed. Just remember to sunscreen with SPF.
Al Rimal Pool Villas - Pool
Al Rimal Pool Villas - Pool
What To Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton, Al Wadi Desert

From exquisite dining in the desert under the stars to a day at the Equestrian Center, from an afternoon at the spa to a day trip to a 14th-century fishing village, plan ahead to ensure you experience a few one-of-a-kind activities.

Al Rimal Pool Villas - Pool
Al Rimal Pool Villas - Pool
The Ritz-Carlton, Al Wadi Desert

Dubai’s quiet counterpart, Ras Al Khaimah is a relaxed countryside destination full of natural beauty. With craggy mountain ranges, lush palm-dotted valleys and warm terracotta sand deserts, the region is home to sporting and cultural activities alike. Find out how ancient civilizations lived in the region or embrace modernity with a zip-line down from a peak. From camel rides to stargazing among the dunes, you’ll find timeless pursuits in a place of enduring natural beauty.