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The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah
2005/01/06

 

Ras Al Khaimah is located north of U.A.E. on the Arabian Gulf. With a total area of 5,800 sq km. and a population of 250,000. the emirate is under the ruling of Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, and his forth son, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qassimi was appointed as the crown prince in 2003.

Ras Al Khaimah's history extends into antiquity. Archeological excavations reveal that a settlement with an advanced civilization that carried on trade with the Indian sub-continent existed in this region. Later historical records cite that the town of Ras Al Khaimah , then known as Julfar, belonged to early Muslim Caliphs. In the 18th century, after the invasions of the Persians, Portugese and the Dutch, it finally became a part of the Al Qawasim State. It was also once the center of the naval strength of the southern Gulf states. The traditional occupations of this emirate are mainly fishing, trading and agriculture which have been heavily modernized to meet the demands of the UAE's economy.

Ras Al Khaimah is famous for its cement, quarrying, pharmaceutical and ceramic industries among the seven emirates. The emirates owns four cement factories, with their products covering 40-50% of local market. R.A.K. Ceramics is today the world leader in the ceramic tiles and sanitary wares industries, exporting to 128 countries around the world, and has set up a ceramic factory in Zhaoqing of Guangdong Provenience.

Mina Saqr, located next to the town of Ras Al Khaimah, is a deepwater port with heavily utilised bulk handling facilities where major amounts of transhipment takes place. It can handle vessels up to 260 metres long and 11.5 metres maximum draught and is ideal for low cost general cargo and container handling. R.A.K international airport is 15 minutes' drive from the city of Ras Al Khairah.

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