Ras Al Khaimah
Guests staying at our featured property, The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert Resort is perfectly placed for in-depth exploration of the Hajar Mountains. Whether by foot or vehicle, the resort Guides will give you a deeper understanding of Ras Al Khaimah’s culture and heritage. Off-road vehicles will escort you through the beautiful Al Wadi Nature Reserve and the sand dunes of the desert where date farms, lush pools of water, ghaf trees, historical sites and local cultural points of interest are waiting to be discovered. If you prefer to trek, there are guided walks through the Al Wadi Nature Reserve where a host of birds and creatures as large as a gazelle and as small as desert insects, make their home. For a slightly more strenuous walk, there is Al Janas Mountain, which is a short drive from the resort, where you can walk to the peak and discover an ancient village. Or, trek through the valley of the Hajar Mountains and discover impressive giant boulders. You can also try your hand at desert activities including falconry and archery.
Escape from the heat and head to the Iceland Waterpark where a variety of games, water slides and the world’s tallest man-made water-fall await.
Ras Al Khaimah’s majestic forts and museums each have a s story to tell; set on a mountain overlooking the Gulf, the Dhayah Fort was built in the 16th century to fight British troops. Built in the middle of the 18th century, during the emirate's invasion by Persians, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah also housed the Royal family until 1964. Today it is considered to be the wealthiest monumental museum in the UAE, exhibiting a number of ancient ornaments, discovered in the emirate.
The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert Resort hosts a diverse and interactive display of Falcons, Hawks, Kestrels, Owls and Eagles. Guests can be a part of the action or sit back and watch as the resident professional Falconers fly their team of dedicated birds of prey using both traditional Arabic and 'modern' Western techniques. A tour of the world class Falconry Mews, Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre, concludes this incredible experience.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Typically extremely hot during the summer, December to March is generally cooler with light sea breezes.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Ras Al Khaimah.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic direct from London Heathrow.
Emirates direct from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester.
From London Heathrow to Dubai: 6 hours, 45 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
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Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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