Ras Al Khaimah - Pure nature and gentle tourism|
Endless sandy white beaches, mountains and a soaring economy
You can locate Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) in the North Eastern part of the VAE- attainable in only 40 minutes driving time apart from Dubai on the newly constructed highway. The versatility of the emirate is underlined by the blue sea with its endless white beaches. In contrast to the other emirates RAK has a beautiful mountain scape called Hajjar Mountains which arise till 2500m over sea level. Approximately 250.000 inhabitants are living nowadays in the emirate; common languages are Arabic and English. The Royal Family of Ras Al Khaimah bears the name Al Qasimi. Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi is reining the emirate since1948. In 2003 his son, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi was crowned his successor. In the last year RAK has invested a lot to push the economy. Current example is the RAK Free Trade Zone which attracts more and more international investors. About 900 international companies from 44 countries have already settled down in the Free Trade Zone which consists of a business park, a technology centre and an industrial park. A large number of European companies have already taken advantage of the location. Oussama El Omari, Executive Member of the Management Board of the Free Zone regrets that they could not convince any Germany company to benefit from the benefits. “We still have to learn how to activate German entrepreneurs more efficiently because they are well known for their precise project management and their reliable work. The RAK is planning to build his own tourism-infrastructure; an international airport already exists. In spite of the never ending gigantism of Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah is supposed to realise a more decent and “gentle” tourism. Beside new holiday resorts and several mansion districts, the theme “sports” is also of great significance. They even got a golf course where you can play Late Night Golf by night. Furthermore there are already two luxury hotels, the Hilton and the Al Hamra.
The capital of the emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, is divided by a creek. The Western part is called “old Ras Al Khaimah” and primarily exists of government buildings, educational institutions, shopping malls and hotel resorts. The Eastern part is bearing the name “Al Nakheel”; here you can find e.g. the “Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Centre”, hospitals and the major number of the urban council estates. A large bridge and an excellent road network connect both parts of the city. The government of Ras Al Khaimah attaches great importance to the history and culture of their country. That is the reason why the Julfar Port from the 7th century is still playing a significant role. Even the situation of adult education and academic affairs of the youth has improved essentially by building well-equipped schools and educational facilities. Additionally RAK will launch trend-setting projects which should establish the modern spirit and the State-of-the-Art technology. Al Hamra Village, the Cove, Saraya Islands and several projects of RAK properties e.g. Julfar Towers, are only a few of the most considerable projects. So you can be anxious to the economic development of Ras Al Khaimah compared to its “bigger brothers” e.g. Dubai and Qatar.