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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.


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.
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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.

Don’t Forget:

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.

Tee Times

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Just a few miles from the resort, the Al Hamra Golf Club is a must-play for any golfer. The 18 holes wind around tropical lagoons, making for a truly unique setting, and when the sun’s rays are too strong to play during the day, the course offers floodlights so players can tee off well after dark. Ask the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach to arrange a tee time for you.

Outdoor Excursions

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While the beach itself offers plenty of opportunities for soaking up the sun and fresh air, just a few miles inland is the sprawling Al Wadi Nature Reserve and The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert’s very own Equestrian Centre. Guests can book a desert ride through the nature reserve or take a horseback riding lesson with a pro. Additionally, children are welcome to visit the property’s ponies and take part in educational equestrian activities.

Dining Reservations

For something truly different, ask the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach to arrange a Destination Dining outing, which allows guests to choose a private spot around the resort to enjoy a bespoke dining experience. From a romantic dinner for two in the privacy of your villa to a festive Arabic dinner on the beach, your personal chef will prepare a custom meal based on your individual preferences.

Spa Appointments

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa takes guests on a journey to the Emirati desert with a menu of rituals and treatments inspired by local traditions and lifestyle and prepared with signature Arabian ingredients. Enjoy your treatment, then retreat back to the spa’s award-winning hydrotherapy facilities for an enhanced experience.

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.

Countryside Pleasures

Where can you find beaches next to turquoise waters, desert dunes and mountains all within an hour of a bustling, metropolitan city? Welcome to Ras Al Khaimah, which is a short drive from Dubai. The beautiful landscape lends itself to a variety of activities from watersports to camel rides to hikes up mountainsides. Get ready to discover what makes Ras Al Khaimah so unique.   



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Cultural Treasures

Ras Al Khaimah combines history with modern Arabic culture for a mixture that’s hard to replicate. With a culture dating back thousands of years, archaeological sites sit next to traditional souqs and camel tracks. Set in a backdrop of warm, golden deserts and white-sand beaches, the confluence of the modern and the ancient is a uniquely appealing mix. From forts to desert dinners, experience the culture of Ras Al Khaimah firsthand.  


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