This chapter includes the following articles.
Ras Al Khaimah has a rich history. This chapter examines a recurring theme of RAK’s past, the emirate’s defence against foreign incursions. The area that now makes up present-day RAK was historically a popular target for invaders due to the location at the entrance of the Gulf. This maritime potential made RAK an important shipping point throughout the ages. Indeed, RAK drew military challenges from not only Islamic clans in the Gulf, but also imperial powers such as the Sassanid, Dutch, Portuguese and British empires. This chapter also includes a listing of the leading hotels and resorts, as well as useful telephone numbers and facts for visitors, including information about language, weather, visas, currency and more.