Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is the fourth largest emirate. It is estimated to have a total population of 300,000. The establishment of free zones and industrial areas has influenced its economy positively.

About Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has a rich history. It was renowned for its prosperous port and exquisite pearls, which were the whitest and roundest in the world.

It is the fourth largest emirate and covers an area of 1684sq. km. which is equal to 3.16 per cent of the total area of the UAE.

Population

It is estimated to have a total population of 300,000.

According to Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, the estimated population of UAE nationals as of 2010 in the emirate of RAK was:

Males: 49,181

Females: 48,348

Total: 97,529.

Location and geography

The emirate is located near the northernmost point of the United Arab Emirates and shares its boundaries with the emirates of Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Sharjah. It shares its international border with the Sultanate of Oman.

The city of Ras Al Khaimah is the capital of the emirate. A creek divides it into two parts: the western old town - Ras Al Khaimah and the eastern part - Al Nakheel. Other key towns are: Al Jazeerah Al Hamra, Digdagah, Khatt and Masafi. Masafi shares its boundaries with the emirate of Fujairah and is known for its mineral water.

Ras Al Khaimah maintains a distinguished natural location, stretching along the shore of Arabian Gulf, adjacent to the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Economy

Apart from agriculture, Ras Al Khaimah has been witnessing an increased contribution from other sectors as well. The recent establishment of free zones and industrial areas which attracted many foreign investments have also impacted its economy.

RAK Free Trade Zone Authority embodies more than 8,600 companies from over 100 countries, representing more than 50 industry sectors. RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA) is a fully equipped business and industrial region offering competitive free zone and non-free zone facilities in a dynamic environment.

Besides, with three cement-manufacturing companies, Ras Al Khaimah is currently the largest cement producer in the UAE.

Ras Al Khaimah is also home to the largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries LLC, known as Julphar, in MENA.

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Tourist attractions

Today, Ras Al Khaimah is reinventing itself as a tourism hub. It is often described as the most scenic of all the emirates because of its diverse landscape consisting of sandy deserts, coastal strips with salt flats areas, mangroves and mountains. There are also sulphur springs near the mountain areas. The emirate is also home to a number of mammals such as foxes and jerboas as well as hundreds of bird species.

The ruling family

The ruling family descends from Al Qawasim tribe which occupied a significant maritime power on the Arabian Coast. Currently, Ras Al Khaimah is ruled by H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi. He assumed his position on 27 October 2010 after the demise of his father.

Places to visit:
Its landmarks vary between old and new. Some of the popular ones are:

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is located In the western part of Ras Al Khaimah city in a fort that was the residence of the ruling family until the early 1960s. The National Museum houses a collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts. The Qawasim Room on the first floor contains documents, manuscripts and treaties between the rulers of Ras Al Khaimah and the UK Government, as well as some traditional weapons belonging to the ruling family.

Iceland Waterpark

The Ice Land Waterpark comes as the first offering of WOW RAK, a 120 acre family entertainment destination being developed in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, 80 kms north of Dubai . WOW RAK is planned to include the Ice land Waterpark, Amusement park, Shopping Mall and Resort facilities.It has the world's largest man made waterfalls and a kid's cove for toddlers.