UAE: Ras Al Khaimah

With more limited hydrocarbons reserves compared to its UAE neighbours to the south, RAK has developed into an industrial hub thanks to its dynamic network of industrial free trade zones. Considerable natural resources feed the country’s thriving cement and ceramics industries while elsewhere the emirate is looking to leverage its varied landscapes in a bid to boost tourism revenues in line with general economic diversification targets.

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The UAE’s robust current account balance cushioned the economy against the twin global challenges of Covid-19 and the oil price drop in 2020. Lockdowns were implemented to protect public health, and Emiratis migrated online.

With Saudi Arabia's flagship Red Sea tourism project securing $3.8bn in green financing, various governments in the Gulf region are looking to new, alternative tourism models to drive their pandemic recoveries, with an emphasis on ecological options and "staycations".

How has the GCC petrochemical industry been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic?


In recent years, the tourism sector in Ras Al Khaimah has been enjoying a period of growth and profitability. In March 2015, a year after three new hotels opened, adding more than 1450 keys to the emirate’s hospitality sector, RAK’s Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA) was able to report average occupancy levels of 70.31%, above the...


When three new hotels with a combined key count of 1440 opened on Al Marjan Island in 2014, Ras Al Khaimah’s new resort destination came to life. Indeed, developers hope to see the area grow substantially in the next few years as a mixed development of holiday homes, restaurants, bars, marinas and up to 20 hotels that will together make a...


The tourism industry hit a high note in 2014, with revenues surpassing Dh1bn ($272.2m) and the total number of overnight stays by guests growing by 72% over 2013 to reach 2.14m. As the government intensifies efforts to develop and promote the tourism sector, in line with Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi’s long-term vision for economic...

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