Driving to Al Hamra Village

November 29, 2011 in Travel

In theory you could Dune Bash your way to Al Hamra Village, but there is a more relaxing way to do this driving along the excellent north-bound highway out of Dubai.

Before you set out please note:

  • Petrol (Gas) stations in the UAE do not take credit cards.
  • Cars are driven on the right hand side in UAE.

 

 

  1. From Dubai, get on the Emirates Highway E311 (towards Sharjah, in the north). If you’re starting out from Dubai International Airport, take the Airport Road towards the E311. The E311 highway will take you directly to RAK in an hour at the speed limit. Be careful not to take the E311 south towards Abu Dhabi.
  2. Leave the E311 at exit 110 and take the road to Al Hamra. Go through a couple of roundabouts and drive through the desert dunes and beware of stray camels and sand drifts.
  3. Continue to the T-junction, turn right. You are on the main coastal road heading straight to Al Hamra. You will see Al Hamra Mall to your left after passing the ENOC petrol station. From this point, Al Hamra Village, Al Hamra Fort Hotel, Golf Club/Course, Marina, and Royal Breeze complex are all to your left and ahead extending for about 1 mile (1.5 kms).
  4. Proceed along the main road, you will pass by Al Hamra, and look out for Majan Print factory on your right and stay in the left lane.
  5. Opposite Majan Print Factory a filter road on your left allows you to make a U-turn and head back towards Al Hamra.
  6. Make the U-turn and after about 100 meters turn right towards the Marina and Royal Breeze complex, which will be sign-posted.
  7. Take the main road for about 1/2 mile towards the sea front and bear left past the sea-facing side of the Royal Breeze Apartment Buildings. At Sophia Street turn left, and then at Moscow Street turn left again. Follow Moscow past RB2 and RB3. Just beyond RB3 you will find the Villa TA-31 on your right hand side.
  8. Park your car in the car port. Welcome!

 

Use the Google Maps driving directions below for more precise instructions. They begin at the Airport Road approaching the E311 from Dubai International Airport and end at the Majan Print factory (step 4 above):

RAK Weather

November 29, 2011 in Travel

The UAE is warm and pleasant from October through May (equivalent to Autumn, Winter, Spring in Europe) with an average temperature of approximately 25ºC. At other times of the year (Summer), daytime temperatures can soar above 40ºC with greater than 70% humidity. In the coolest months of December and January, daytime temperatures are rarely below a comfortable 22ºC with much lower humidity. Nights, during this period are lovely and cool as they usually are in the Desert.

Rain is rare, but because of the humidity it can get cloudy and hazy. Sometimes the thunder and lightning is spectacularly violent. If high winds cause sandstorms, it’s best to stay indoors as the spray of sand grains stings. If you happen to be driving beware of sand drifts which build up, especially on infrequently used roads traversing open desert areas.

See weather forecast for RAK.

What to Wear in UAE

November 29, 2011 in Travel

Hotel restaurants expect you to dress smart-casual for dinner. Some gourmet restaurants, especially in Dubai, require men to wear ties. Check when you make a booking.

Swimwear and shorts are perfectly acceptable on the beach and in the beach hotels. In public areas, both men and women should dress appropriately and respect the customs and culture of the local Arab people. If possible cover your knees and shoulders.

There’s a handy list on the Virtual Tourist web site of what to pack for a trip to Dubai – the same would apply in Ras Al Khaimah.

For non-Arabs, it’s natural to feel a little wary of doing the right thing in a country with strong Islamic traditions. That’s just the way way of the world today. Take Khalid’s advice and relax. Dress normally and you’ll be fine and find yourself very welcomed by the local Emirati people.