UAE: Ras Al Khaimah

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The real estate rental market provides fascinating insights into Ras Al Khaimah’s evolving relationship with the other emirates. While the price cycle from 2008 to 2014 may have tracked the fortunes of other UAE markets in some respects, in other ways RAK stands apart, with its own identity and offerings.


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


A factory that will turn used plastic bottles into 100 tonnes a day of fibres to be used for blankets, fleeces and car upholstery opened in Ras Al Khaimah in 2015, following a $100m investment by Asian Fibres, a company that plans to employ 600 staff at its new works.


Almost 15 years after it was created, Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) launched a global awareness drive in 2014 to try to entice new businesses. In just over a year, RAK FTZ delegates visited Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, the UK, Brazil, US, Italy, the Philippines, Australia and Japan. This followed a successful...


In what ways has the establishment of Al Etihad Credit Bureau benefitted the sector as a whole?


Regulatory changes in the UAE’s banking and insurance industries have picked up in recent years. In the banking sector, new regulations in line with Basel III standards are set to stabilise and protect banks, setting new capital and liquidity standards, while changes to the insurance sector are to limit investment losses in the UAE’s equities...

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