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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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)
- 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!
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.