Al Hamra is one of Ras Al Khaimah’s most popular leisure destinations, home to a raft of world-class facilities including a yacht club, sailing club, marina, shopping mall, golf course, restaurants and cafés, and several luxury hotels and resorts.
An established community in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah, close to major roads and just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport, Al Hamra runs along the southern coastline of the emirate and also features its own island, home to the upscale Al Hamra Village, a sought-after residential district with high-end facilities.
With a growing reputation as a premier lifestyle destination in the UAE, new attractions continue to enhance its appeal including Falcon Island, a twin-island community offering exclusive villas and residences with sea and canal views, opening soon.
An enclave for luxury hotels and resorts
As Ras Al Khaimah’s first lifestyle destination, Al Hamra offers some of the emirate’s leading hotels, including the palatial Waldorf Astoria, standing proudly on the shores of the Gulf and the most visible landmark as you approach this area of the emirate.
Set amid manicured beachfront gardens and offering a host of family friendly activities, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is a staycation favourite with UAE residents. Overseas visitors flock here too for its elegant accommodation, eight diverse restaurants and lounges, award-winning spa and iconic brand features such as the golden clock and famed Peacock Alley, while locals cannot resist its traditional afternoon tea.
For the ultimate escape, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach tempts with its 32 beachfront villas, each with private pools. Accessible by boat, this exclusive resort offers tailormade dining with a focus on farm-to-table produce, while wellness experiences draw inspiration from the sea at a spa with idyllic waterside pavilions. The resort’s experience concierge crafts personalised itineraries, from paddleboarding to desert adventures.
The Al Hamra Village Hotel is a getaway hotspot, yet it’s close to all the action, including Al Hamra’s 18-hotel golf course and its mega shopping mall. Geared up to the family market, there are 219 rooms with views of the garden and golf course, an outdoor pool, gym, and several dining venues including a pool bar and a pub.
A destination within a destination
Once you become immersed in the Al Hamra lifestyle it is difficult to leave due to the extraordinary leisure facilities and activities on your doorstep, from sailing to golf, shopping to spa.
The Al Hamra Golf Club, which became the official DP World Tour venue in 2022, features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Peter Harradine. The 72-par course, suitable for golfers of all levels, inspires with its Arabian Gulf and Hajar mountain views.
Keeping Ras Al Khaimah’s sailing heritage alive, the Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club, as well as the Al Hamra Sailing Club, is a community hotspot, enjoyed by residents and visitors looking to sail, take part in watersports and beach activities, stage an event or party, or dine. It hosts a year-round calendar of events too, including festivals and pop-up markets.
The Al Hamra Sailing Club offers sailing and powerboat lessons, fun beach sports, and hosts several off-shore sailing races. It’s also the place to hire paddleboards and sailing boats.
After, have a leisurely bite to eat at Al Hamra Yacht Clubhouse overlooking the marina or savour al fresco dining on the terrace at Marina Muse. Pier One, a unique boardwalk destination is lined with cafés, restaurants and a few boutiques, and popular for a stroll.
Retail and wellness therapy in one place
The UAE is known for its malls and Ras Al Khaimah is no exception with Al Hamra Mall in Al Hamra Village offering more than 130 shops, a food court and multiple entertainment attractions across two storeys.
Shoppers can find a wide range of local and international brands, homeware stores, a supermarket, plenty of places to eat and drink, a multi-screen VOX cinema and Funville, a large entertainment area for children.
From retail therapy to a holistic experience for the mind, body and soul, The Lighthouse Retreat is a seaside sanctuary for wellbeing and rejuvenation. From beach walks and paddle boarding at sunrise to sun salutations in the terracotta desert dunes, it’s a place to escape the demands of modern-day life.
The first-of-its-kind wellness retreat in the UAE, the facility focuses on mindfulness, community and growth, incorporating exercise, coaching, clean eating and much more.