Fishing at the resort

Planning Your Trip

Al Hamra Beach isn’t your typical tropical destination. With turquoise waters, pristine white-sand beaches and protected coral reefs just a short drive away from desert dunes, stunning mountains and a bustling city, it’s a truly unique oasis. From exploring the desert to relaxing on the beach, here’s what to bring to make the most of every moment.

Views from Al Shamal Ocean View villa
Views from Al Shamal Ocean View villa
What to Pack
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

Pack a lightweight shawl or scarf. It will come in handy if temperatures cool down after sunset, and as a head covering when visiting nearby mosques.

Day Trips

Less than hour’s drive from the resort is the bustling metropolis of Dubai, which is home to some of the world’s best shopping, dining and culture. Pack a few staples for your trip into the city.

  • Comfortable walking shoes are an essential for exploring any big city, but Dubai is fairly style-conscious, so you may want to skip the sneakers in favor of fashionable flats.

  • A wide-brimmed hat is a smart choice for daytime explorations — the sun’s rays are quite strong year-round.

  • The UAE is a decidedly conservative country, so modest attire is recommended as you explore the region. Opt for pants and long-sleeve shirts made in lightweight fabrics to stay comfortable in the warm weather.
Outdoor Adventures

Home to pristine beaches and vast desert landscapes just begging to be explored, Ras Al Khaimah is a haven for adventure seekers. Be prepared for various outings with these essentials.

  • Sunscreen with a high SPF is a must-have at any time of year, as sunshine is plentiful year-round and temperatures can soar into the triple digits at times.

  • From zip-lining and off-roading to stargazing and sunbathing, there’s an adventure for every taste. Pack accordingly with lightweight, breathable layers that you’re comfortable breaking a sweat in.

  • A refillable water bottle will come in handy as you stay active throughout the day.
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 winter, bring a swimsuit. Each of the 32 villas has a private pool and deck with direct beach access.
Couple enjoying in-villa dining
Couple enjoying in-villa dining
What To Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach
Private Villa
Private Villa
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

Come to Ras Al Khaimah as an escape from the bustle of Dubai, but stay for the cultural wonders and beautiful landscapes. With mountain ranges, white-sand beaches along the Arabian Gulf and terracotta deserts all nestled into the same small region, Ras Al Khaimah can transport you to a multitude of unique worlds in one day. Explore ancient cultures alongside modern-day innovation, while taking the time to relax. From spa days to starry nights, you’ll find yourself constantly surprised and delighted during your time at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach.