UAE: Ras Al Khaimah Transport Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Transport from The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2015

RAK’s location on the Strait of Hormuz, its well-developed infrastructure, and the free trade agreements in place within the GCC are some of the key logistical advantages offered to businesses located in the emirate. RAK boasts five ports, each with a clearly defined role, and all of them branded as RAK Ports and managed by the Saqr Port Authority. The 1200-km Etihad Rail Project is being...

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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Geographical location, well-developed infrastructure and free trade within the GCC are among the top logistical advantages offered to businesses locating in Ras Al Khaimah. The emirate benefits from the high standard of road networks in the broader UAE and from close proximity to some of the world’s busiest airports and ports, but it also has...

 

As the management of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAKI) prepare to celebrate the facility’s 40th anniversary in 2016, they are working to expand its role as a budget airline destination, cargo hub and business centre. The hope is that deals signed in 2014 and 2015 will prove to be significant milestones in the airport’s history.

 

Can RAK’s port activities be further diversified from the current concentrations?

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.

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport stands out as a crucial piece of infrastructure given the emirate’s focus on boosting tourism’s contribution to the economy. Tourism currently accounts for about 2% of GDP, according to the RAK Tourism Development Authority, and RAK’s officials believe they can increase that proportion to 9% within four to...

links such as the Emirates Road carriageway and Ras Al Khaimah’s five seaports may very well be joined by another attractive mode of transportation in the near future: a railroad network. The project is called Etihad Rail (etihad means “unity’’ in Arabic), and it aims to...