UAE: Ras Al Khaimah

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The success of the suburban seaside communities that have sprung up in Al Jazirah Al Hamra, to the south of Ras Al Khaimah City, has given real estate developers an appetite for new housing schemes. Hundreds of homes are currently being built both at Mina Al Arab and Al Hamra, while on the Al Marjan Islands development new waterfront...


The rock and cement industry in Ras Al Khaimah helped build the world’s highest skyscraper, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, but is now being monitored by unmanned observation planes. This was announced by Saif Mohammed Al Shara, assistant under-secretary for external audit at the Federal Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) in May 2015. “This...


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...


Given the increasing diversification in the free zone, what sectors do you see having the greatest potential outside of industry and tourism?


Home to sizeable reserves of clay, limestone and sand, but few petroleum resources and fewer than 500,000 residents, Ras Al Khaimah holds a unique position among the UAE’s seven emirates, maintaining a less frenetic pace of life even as its GDP growth rises above the national average.


Are you concerned that the numerous projects that are currently under way, along with the increasing drive to attract foreign nationals to the emirate, could dilute Ras Al Khaimah’s heritage and traditions somewhat?

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