UAE: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism

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Though one of the less well known emirates in the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah is quickly developing as a tourism destination. Indeed, tourism has been back on a healthy path since 2010, and industry leaders expect further growth in the coming years. The local economy overall is benefitting from the uptick in visitors as new hotels are being built. Operators...

The tourism sector is growing and changing rapidly. Not only are more tourists travelling to the emirate, tourism infrastructure is also being expanded. The government has recognised the importance and potential of transforming the sector and has recently taken steps to ensure continued and steady growth. In May 2011 the government set up the Ras Al...

Chapter | Tourism from The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2012

Though one of the smaller emirates in the UAE, RAK is developing as a tourism destination. The emirate received 835,200 tourists in 2011, a significant increase over the previous year, which saw 600,000 visitors. There are hopes that these figures will continue to rise to reach 1.2m by 2013. To facilitate this, RAK International Airport is currently being expanded at a cost of $27m. New runways...

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

As part of a long-term strategy to diversify the economy by capitalising on the emirate’s natural beauty, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is moving forward with ambitious plans to rebrand itself as a tourism destination. By 2021, RAK expects around 20% of its GDP will be generated by tourism-related activities.
The local tourism sector received a welcome boost on April 13 when Ras Al Khaimah’s ruler, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, issued a decree to establish a dedicated Tourism Development Authority. The body will be tasked with administering the planning, development and regulation of the emirate’s tourism industry. With knock-on effects for transport, property and retail, the sector is seen Gulf-wide as a driver of diversification and economic development.

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