Ras Al Khaimah

One of the most attractive tourist destinations in the UAE

Blessed with the abundant natural beauty of beautiful mountains, sandy desert and bursting green plains along with creeks and lagoons and a rich heritage, Ras Al Khaimah has become a destination for tourists from the other Emirates as well as international travelers and investors.




Overview

The northernmost of the UAE’s seven emirates and in terms of population the fourth largest in the UAE. The city of Ras Al Khaimah is divided into two parts by a body of water water  named ‘Khour Ras Al Khaimah.’ The western part is known as the Old Ras Al Khaimah and the eastern part as Al Nakheel. The two parts are connected by a large road bridge.

Economy

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the country's fastest-growing emirates, with a sound domestic economy that has expanded over the past few years. 
The emirate has been ranked among the Top 10 Small- and Mid-sized Global Cities of the Future, along with Zurich, Geneva, Edinburgh and other internationally recognized cities. The ranking, published in the London-based Financial Times' fDi Magazine, lists Ras Al Khaimah in eighth place overall, and in the top 10 of an impressive total of six categories.

History

Ras Al Khaimah has contributed significantly to the formation of the United Arab Emirates. The emirate has witnessed massive developments in recent years and is now a modern township with international schools, hospitals and amenities. However, its distinctive local culture sets it apart among other cities in the UAE. 

Ras Al Khaimah is the fourth largest Emirate in terms of area and population of the UAE. It is about 2,478 square kilometers and this area is 3.16% of the total area of the United Arab Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah has a distinct geographical and natural location, where its sea coast is relatively long, making it a Centre for maritime and commercial activities across the continent since ancient times; it has good mountain ranges, in addition to an area of desert and agricultural meadow areas.

Among the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah has a unique heritage and a full and clear historical background in its archaeology. It contains a combination of four types of terrain, which can be found in the United Arab Emirates: rich plain, the mountains, coastal zone and the desert environment; it is one of the reasons why Ras Al Khaimah is an important area and always populated. The interaction between these different regions and the individual lifestyle form the heritage of Ras Al Khaimah.

Ras Al Khaimah with its rugged mountains bordering Oman is also an archeologically significant place. Investigations in the recent past have revealed that the human habitation in this region can be traced back to the 3rd millennium BC. All discoveries have shown that Ras Al Khaimah has enormous history.

Tourism

With its excellent location only 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport, RAK provides a wide range of activities such as five star hotels, international cuisines, spas and theme parks providing great value for money. The rich Emirati heritage is present in RAK and you will be welcomed with warm Arabic hospitality wherever you go.

It has numerous fascinating tourist landmarks, beautiful wildlife conservations and sanctuaries. Recently golf has become one of the leading tourist attractions within the emirate. The mountains of Ras Al Khaimah are the emirate’s most stunning scenic features. They rise to a height of 2000 metres above the sea level and are divided by many wadis (valleys) criss-crossing the Hajjar mountain ranges. Starting from Wadi Al Beeh, these steep sided valleys go towards Masafi in the east and then to a row of wadis including Ghayl and Shawka.

The vast mangroves that flourish in and around Ras Al Khaimah city are another outstanding feature of the emirate. Rich in marine life and teeming with birds, these mangroves run northwards along the coast in sheltered inlets.

To the west of Digdaga, impressive red sand dunes run towards the north with camel herds, farms, oases and beautiful valleys dotting these desert passes.

Shamal, an area nestled in the lee of the mountains in the north of Ras Al Khaimah, has several tombs dating back to ancient times.