Ras Al Khaimah, located at the north end of the coast of the Arabian Gulf, is one of the seven Emirates that form the United Arab Emirates.It is nestled between the Hajjar Mountains on the East and the Arabian Gulf on the West and shares mountainous borders with the Sultanate of Oman.
H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has been the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah since 1948. His son, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi was appointed Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler in June 2003.
Ras Al Khaimah has earned its reputation as a pre-eminent commercial centre with an innovative, dynamic and entrepreneurial business culture. Strategically located at the crossroads of trade and commerce between East and West, it is ideally positioned to service and access markets that span the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and the CIS countries. Moreover, it occupies a time zone that allows it to connect markets like the Far East and the US. To leverage this advantage, it is developing a worldclass infrastructure, air and port facilities, making it the most well-connected hub in the region.
RAK economy is based on leveraging on natural topography, consisting of 65 km of coastal silver sandy beaches, Majestic mountains on the eastern side for hill resorts, unspoilt desert plain in the central region for commercial & industrial projects and green belt in the southern side for agriculture developments. RAK is indeed blessed with abundance of natural beauty on one hand and unique location on the other which has allowed to strategize the economic development on two pillars, namely, Tourism & Industry.
The city of Ras Al Khaimah, the capital of the Emirate, is divided into two parts by a creek. The western part, known as "old Ras Al Khaimah", comprises government departments, educational institutions, shopping malls, hotels as well as residential areas and new construction projects. The eastern part, known as Al Nakheel, houses the Emiri Court, some government departments, markets, Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Center, hospitals and residential areas housing the majority of the city's population. The two parts of the city are linked by a bridge and a network of modern roads.
Area : 2468 km²
Coastline : 65 km
Population : 250'000
Languages : Arabic and English
Currency : Dirham (AED 3.67 = 1USD)
Crime rate : Close to Zero