UAE: Ras Al Khaimah Articles & Analysis

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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As an industrialised emirate with limited petroleum resources, Ras Al Khaimah has witnessed considerable economic diversification in recent years, driven in large part by government plans to equip the emirate with a knowledge-based economy that includes a profitable education sector.

 

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...

 

The UAE’s private education sector is rapidly expanding and Ras Al Khaimah is no exception – as its population rises against a backdrop of economic development, the emirate has seen a number of new private schools open of late, particularly in the post-secondary segment. A focus on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) training has...

 

Given Ras Al Khaimah’s energy mix, how can concerns about industrial utilities be addressed?