UAE: Ras Al Khaimah Industry

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With industry accounting for more than 30% of GDP in 2010, Ras Al Khaimah has positioned itself as an increasingly significant manufacturing centre within the UAE and the broader region. By making efficient use of its resources, such as the limestone deposits in the Hajjar Mountains, and investing in connectivity – the emirate has five ports, its...

The establishment of free zones – dedicated areas where businesses are exempted from various laws and regulations – has been used in many countries to attract foreign investment, notably in the UAE. The federal system, with its largely decentralised economic decision-making, means that almost all emirates have set up free zones. Ras Al Khaimah is no...

Underpinned by strong economic and demographic fundamentals, retail in Ras Al Khaimah has continued to expand. The emirate’s population grew by an estimated 4.5% in 2010 to reach around 279,000 people, according to the RAK Department of Economic Development (RAK DED), with the government estimating 300,000 ahead of a 2012 census. Of those, 49.4%...

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Chapter | Industry and Retail from The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2012

Industry accounted for more than 30% of RAK’s GDP in 2010, reflecting the emirate’s positioning as a leading manufacturing centre within the UAE and broader region. Although the global credit crunch of 2008 did affect some of RAK’s industries, the emirate’s industrial base grew overall, which has made for a more diverse and resilient economy. RAK’s free trade zones and industrial parks continue...

With some of the fastest-growing free trade zones in the region, Ras Al Khaimah has witnessed impressive economic expansion and diversification across key industries in recent years, and is on its way to becoming an important investment destination in the Gulf

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