Ras Al Khaimah’s economy is well diversified, with five sectors accounting for more than 8% of GDP each: resource extraction and related services; trade; financial services; government services; and construction. Manufacturing is the mainstay of the economy, comprising 26% of GDP. Free zones have been crucial to the emirate’s economic growth, with the government offering investors a range of incentives to set up shop. By improving transport links with neighbouring GCC states, the government hopes to realise new gains and investments into each of these areas. Tourism is also expected to benefit from improved infrastructure, including sector-specific facilities that boost the emirate’s appeal as a destination.
This chapter contains an interview with Sheikh Ahmad Saqer Mohamed Al Qasimi, Chairman, Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone.