Middle East
The Lost Art of the Grand Tour
Luxury Driving experiences

Discover the wonders of the United Arab Emirates and Oman on this enchanting driving itinerary that takes you from the heart of Dubai to the Sea of Oman, with indulgent experiences at Ritz-Carlton destinations along the way.

The magic of the Arabian Peninsula is undeniable and there may be no better way to experience it than by car. Created in partnership with the open-road aficionados at Maserati, this four-day journey opens up a world of captivating experiences as you travel from Dubai to Muscat. Experience the region’s most exhilarating and picturesque routes, savor the breathtaking vistas that grace your path, and encounter the legendary hospitality of The Ritz-Carlton at every stop along the way.

Jebel Jais driving experience

Dubai: Artful Encounters

Begin your journey in Dubai. Increasingly recognized for having one of the most exciting contemporary art scenes in the world, Dubai offers a distinctive combination of innovative local talent and international artists — and The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre resides in the middle of it all. Ask the concierge to arrange a guided tour of the nearby Miraj Art Centre, which houses a vast collection of Arabian culture and craftsmanship spanning 13 centuries. The cavernous space plays host to everything from pottery and marble sculptures to rugs and delicate gold paintings. And while many of the city’s legendary art galleries are just moments away, be sure not to miss the hotel’s own art collection, which features more than 100 works by notable up-and-coming artists.  


Dubai: The Tranquility of The Sea

Before leaving the city behind, revel in Dubai’s more relaxed side from your perch at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, which is situated on a stretch of private beach along the famous JBR Walk. Find respite in a beachside chaise before immersing yourself in the art of crafting exquisite cocktails at our signature mixology class. As day transitions to night, enjoy an expert-led sunset walking tour, where you will learn about some of the city’s most significant landmarks and hear tales of the region’s rich history. Cap it all off with a guided meditation by the sea before taking to your table at Tamoka, a playful beachside dining destination inspired by the rich culture and vibrant flavors of Latin America.

Arrive in style at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Driving experience in Oman
Destination Dining experience

Al Wadi Desert: A Study in Contrasts

It’s time to venture into the great wide open, journeying into the vast expanse of Ras Al Khaimah towards the majestic Jebel Jais. A picturesque drive through the Hajar Mountains awaits, offering spectacular views of the coastline. Feel the thrill as you glide down the slopes on the Jais Sledded before reaching your destination: The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. Nestled within a sprawling 500-hectare nature reserve, the resort draws inspiration from Bedouin culture and offers an authentic experience amidst indigenous wildlife and rolling sand dunes. Delve into the region’s rich history with a traditional Bedouin dinner in the dunes lit by 1,001 candles, followed by a guided stargazing experience beneath the expansive desert sky. With the assistance of astronomy experts, you’ll spot stars, constellations, planets and galaxies, forging  a deeper connection to the wonders of nature.

Aerial View - Ladies Beach

Muscat: A Beachfront Sanctuary

Embark on the final leg of your journey and watch the vast desert give way to scenic mountain roads as you traverse through the Hatta region and into Oman, where a seaside oasis awaits at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat. Pause during check-in to marvel at the palace’s iconic dome — which rises 38 meters over the atrium lobby and supports a 5.5-ton crystal chandelier — and then wander the grounds of the 200-acre resort, admiring the date palm trees and flowering bushes. (“Al Bustan” translates to “the garden” in Arabic).  Spend the rest of your afternoon relaxing at the Al Bustan Palace Spa by The Ritz-Carlton, where treatments are inspired by Omani culture and feature locally sourced ingredients, many of which are grown onsite in the Spa Garden. As sundown approaches, make your way to the hotel’s stunning private beach for an aperitivo hour awash in dusk’s golden light and a special horsemen showcase by the Omani Royal Army.