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Ras Al Khaimah – Business Hub

Ras Al Khaimah, located at the north end of the coast of the Arabian Gulf, is one of the seven Emirates that form the UAE. The emirate has been the site of human habitation since several millennia and local archaeological sites date back to the Umm Al Nar civilization of the 3rd century BC. It is nestled between the Hajar Mountains on the East and the Arabian Gulf on the West and shares mountainous borders with the Sultanate of Oman. H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi is the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

Ras Al Khaimah has earned its reputation as an excellent commercial centre with a pioneering, vibrant 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. To influence this advantage, it is developing a world class infrastructure, air and sea port facilities, making it the most well-connected hub in the region.

Majestic mountains on the eastern side, un-spoilt desert plains in the central region and green belt in the south; RAK is blessed with abundance of natural beauty on one hand and unique location on the other which has allowed strategizing of the economic development on two pillars, namely, Tourism & Industry.

RAK has focused on developing its industrial sector and the RAK Cement Company formed in the earlier seventies, Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) and RAK Ceramics are some of the leading companies here.

The RAK International airport operates cargo and passenger services to various destinations.

Where to stay:
Ras Al Khaimah has a sufficient number of local and international hotels to cater to the discerning tourists. The emirate has on offer a variety of entertainment and relaxation facilities to suit every budget. It is a haven for exceptional spas and the best part is the natural hot springs, where guests can take a relaxing therapeutic dip..
www.yellowpages.ae/s/ras-al-khaimah/hotel.html

Top picks:
The Waldorf Astoria:
Retreat to the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah resort, an oasis offering an Arabian Palace experience with a private Arabian Gulf Beach and remarkable views of Al Marjah Islands and Al Hajar Mountains.
http://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

Banyan Tree Al Wadi:
In the midst of vast stretches of desert sands, in the serene surroundings of Wadi Khadeja, an oasis of harmony awaits you at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi. It is the first desert resort in the UAE to offer all-pool villas. Experience the magical Arabian nights and the romance of living like the nomads, complete with Asian inspired hydrotherapy spa facilities, a dedicated nature reserve, a private beach club and an 18-hole championship golf course. An Arabian wildlife experience awaits guests within the nature reserve, offering them a unique opportunity to interact and observe the desert fauna up close.

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa:
Stretch out in a spacious 48m² guest rooms at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa. Discover Arabian elegance in the whirlpool bathtub of a suite. Discover a roomy home right on the ocean in a beach villa. Discover the most innovative international dishes and specialty cuisine. Enjoy a Hilton breakfast and live evening cooking demos at Maarid. Savour the freshest sushi at Passage to Asia, and Italian classics at Piaceri da Gustare. Kick back in the evenings with live music or enjoy Arabian decadence over cocktails in X.O.
www.rasalkhaimahresort.hilton.com

The Cove Rotana Resort - Ras Al Khaimah
The Cove Rotana Resort, where the traditional charm embraces the uniqueness of the Arabian culture, located on an idyllic water inlet on the Ras Al Khaimah beachfront overlooking the Arabian Gulf with 600 m of pristine beach.
www.rotana.com/thecoverotanaresort

Al Hamra Fort and Beach Resort
Relax and enjoy the difference with luxurious comfort and personal service at one of the leading beach resorts. The Al Hamra Fort Hotel and Beach Resort is located along the stunning white beaches of RAK surrounded by beautifully-landscaped gardens and pools.
www.alhamrafort.com

What to do:
With a wide range of adventure and sports activities covering mountain adventures, desert camps, golf courses and water sports, RAK presents the ultimate outdoor experience. Whether shopping in the welcoming souks, soaking up the sun on one of the beaches or taking an exhilarating ride in the world’s tallest water slide, RAK has it all! Indulge yourself in the culinary delights on offer; discover a variety of cuisines, local and international. Food is an integral part of the hospitality here.
  • Cruise Tourism: With its picture postcard natural beauty and various leisure choices, Ras Al Khaimah, with its three ports forms the perfect holiday destination for cruise tourists.
  • Iceland Water Park: Escaping from the heat, Iceland Water Park (UAE’s largest) offers complete family entertainment. It is a unique water park with extensive theming in snow and ice with a mix of traditional and new park offerings www.icelandwaterpark.com
  • Historical Sites: Experience the rich heritage of Ras Al Khaimah, which includes majestic forts and museums – each telling a story of its own. The National Museum of RAK is housed in the former palace of the ruling family and has many exhibits on natural history, arts and crafts of the past. Dhayah Fort is the country’s only surviving hilltop fort. Jazirat Al Hamra is an abandoned township showcasing ancient architecture.
  • Pearl Farm: Experience the authentic process of cultivating a pearl, which starts in the operation room and ends with an open oyster. Every guest will select an oyster from the water, open it and the pearl inside will be his/ hers! Feast your eyes on a collection of special natural pearls in different shapes and colours.
  • Falcon Show: One of the famous traditions in the region is raising falcons. Ras Al Khaimah presents an exclusive falcon show in the first desert spa resort in the Middle East - the Banyan Tree Al Wadi.
  • SPAs: Described as the natural cure for ailments, Khatt Springs offer a perfect healing experience to several skin and rheumatic disease problems with its natural hot water full of minerals.
  • Saqr Park: The Saqr Park is the largest public park in Ras Al Khaimah, known for its vast areas of greenery. It is the perfect spot for families and friends to unwind and relax.
  • The Rainforest - A sanctuary for the senses: The first and only complete hydrothermal experience in UAE, located within the resorts exclusive Banyan Tree Spa.
  • Desert Safaris: Get ready for a thrilling day in the desert with dune bashing, belly dancing, food and fun!
  • Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp: The Bedouin Oasis is a one of its kind authentic desert camp, which takes inspiration from the lifestyle of the Bedous (nomadic tribes) years ago.
  • Water Sports: With a number of beaches and modern equipment, Ras Al Khaimah is the ideal destination for water sports.
  • Beach Parties: Music, Dance and Beaches make a combination that is second to none when it comes to pure fun!

Getting Around:
Most of the big hotels provide buses for their guests to the RAK Old City and shopping malls. Taxis or rental cars are your only option to move around Ras Al Khaimah.
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