Business in Ras al-Khaimah is booming thanks to the progressive vision of its modern leadership as embodied by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi. One of its main attractions in this regard is the lower cost of business in comparison to the rest of the UAE, and this is an aspect that is enticing foreign business interests to make capital investments in the region. The Ras al-Khaimah Investment Authority is actively engaged in business promotion; to this end, the Investment Authority officials highlight the strategic port operations at its own Maritime City Free Zone and its multiple opportunities for industrial and commercial activities. Ras al-Khaimah’s ancient heritage as a pottery center continues today with the modern RAK Ceramics facility, and the real estate industry is booming with massive luxury developments.
Imposing mountains, pristine beaches, desert vistas, verdant valleys, and warm springs are just some of the natural attractions awaiting tourists who wish to experience the magic of the Persian Gulf. Ras al-Khaimah is not only blessed in this regard; it is also ready to share its natural beauty with visitors looking for luxury relaxation, eco-tourism and adventure.
The emirate of Ras al-Khaimah recognizes that education and health are the keys to future development of the Arab world. More and more foreigners arrive in Ras al-Khaimah with the intention to visit, do business and settle. His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi has directed his officials to increase development in these two areas. English-speaking schools and universities offer students opportunities to obtain quality international education. In the area of health care, three multidisciplinary hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International recently opened their doors to patients seeking advanced medical care. Primary care is conducted at 18 health centers across the emirate, which means patients are never more than 15 minutes away from medical treatment. There exists the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research as well to aid in the economic development of Ras Al Khaimah.
Ras al-Khaimah enjoys unparalleled historical status going back to the Bronze Age, the Persian Empire and the early days of the Islamic Caliphate. Historians and archeologists have recorded and unearthed remnants of ancient civilizations as well as evidence of trade and commerce between people in the Middle East, Asia, Northern Africa, and Europe. Ras al-Khaimah was home to the great cartographer and mariner Ahmed bin Majid, the Lion of the Sea, who wrote groundbreaking observations about seamanship and celestial navigation. At the time Columbus was discovering the Americas, Ahmed bin Majid was writing impressive maritime tomes that would later impress European explorers and strengthen the skill of Arab sailors. Ras Al Khaimah is ruled by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi a descendant of the Qawasim Clan.