Deep in the terracotta deserts of Ras Al Khaimah, visitors to the Emirate can experience an extraordinary Bedouin-inspired journey. The Ras Al Khaimah desert is quite spectacular with its captivating ever-moving dunes. Since 3000BC, the Bedouins lived in the desert and celebrated their nomadic lifestyle; they still practice their beautiful age-old rituals today.
For centuries, Bedouin families moved around the region in search of cooler climes, water and fertile land for their camels and goats. Ras Al Khaimah has a unique climate and the rainfall during the cooler months leaves the desert lands fertile. The winter months display abundant native quiescent plants as desert ephemerals, hyacinths and thumbs blossom and flourish.
Despite the Bedouins being in a constant state of flux, they ensured they had comfortable accommodation. Walk in their bygone footsteps and discover Bedouin-inspired camps, exciting camel races, luxury hotels and spas, an equestrian centre and of course (it is Ras Al Khaimah, after all), some adrenaline-inducing activities.
Ras Al Khaimah is like no other. It’s the juxtaposition between ancient culture, rugged nature and breathtaking hospitality. The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi is nestled in the crimson folds of the desert dunes; it offers world-class service, farm-to-table dining and unique spa experiences. You can visit the on-site Al Wadi Equestrian Centre and participate in horse riding lessons or a leisurely wander through the dunes on horseback. It’s home to the rare oryx, bombastic camels, pretty desert foxes, and, if you are fortunate, the painfully shy desert cat.
Families with a sense of adventure can participate in a range of exciting desert-centric activities and explore the various breathtaking terrains in the Emirate. Ras Al Khaimah’s sand dunes have comprehensive offerings, including the terrifying dune bashing as you tear across breathtaking landscapes in a luxury 4X4 Landcruiser, dune buggy or on a quad bike. You can even try your hand at sandboarding.
Throughout Ras Al Khaimah’s wild desert, visitors will find various Bedouin-inspired camps where you can learn more about their traditions. Nature lovers will enjoy being in the vast plains of desert and ride in a caravan of camels, take in the breathtaking scenery and wander through the acacia trees that pepper the landscapes. You’ll be able to tell stories of your own 1001 Arabian Nights adventures. Enjoy a night under twinkling stars around a crackling campfire.
Throughout the year, you can attend various festivals that celebrate the Bedouin culture and the history of Ras Al Khaimah. You’ll experience Al Wahabiyya, a traditional stick dance unique to Ras Al Khaimah, the lythe movements of the belly and tanoura dancers and Taghrouda, an exquisite form of Bedouin poetry and mesmeric chanting.