Ras Al Khaimah: Country and Foreign Investment
Ras Al Khaimah is the northern-most of the emirates in the UAE, bordering Oman to the north and east. Its coastline runs for 65 kilometers along the eastern end of the Arabian Gulf, consisting mainly of sandy beaches.
The interior contains desert plains stretching towards the Al Hajar mountain range, rising to 1,900 meters in the emirate’s central region. There are fertile agricultural plains in the south, and Ras Al Khaimah is the UAE’s largest producer of food.
In the summer months (May to October), temperatures in Ras Al Khaimah can reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius. For the remainder of the year the climate is more temperate, although still enjoying lots of sunshine. Average temperatures in the winter months drop to between about 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. Rainfall rarely exceeds 100 millimetres per year and usually occurs in winter.
Ras Al Khaimah has an area of approximately 1,680 square kilometres and is the fourth largest emirate.
The capital city, also known as Ras Al Khaimah, is split in two by a creek flowing into the Gulf. Old Ras Al Khaimah is found on the western side of the creek and here are located most government departments, educational institutions, shopping malls, hotels, residential areas and new construction projects.
The eastern part, known as Al Nakheel, houses the Emiri Court, markets, Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Center, hospitals and residential areas housing the majority of the city's population. The two parts of the city are linked by a bridge and a network of modern roads.
With its long stretches of clean white sandy beaches, Ras Al Kaimah is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign tourists. There are several high-quality hotels and beach resorts, and the five-star Khatt Springs Hotel and Spa nestles close to the Al Hajar Mountains, covering an area of 2,000 square meters. Several other ambitious tourist and business developments are also underway, including the Jebel Jais Mountain Resort, to be built on one of the highest points of the Al Hajar mountains. It will offer a landmark five-star hotel and conference centre, a cable car linking the resort to sea level, luxurious residential units from apartments to villas, an outdoor winter snow ski-ing slope, and a climbing, paragliding and abseiling centre.
Ras Al Khaimah has a port and an airport. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is located a short distance from Ras Al Khaimah town, and international airports in the neighbouring emirates of Sharjah and Dubai are a short drive away (approximately 30 to 40 minutes). The airport is well connected to destinations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.