Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) also spelled as Ras al Khaimah or Ras al-Khaimah, is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The city of Ras Al Khaimah, sometimes simply abbreviated to RAK or RAK City, is the capital of the emirate and home to most of the emirate's residents. It is linked to the medieval trading port of Julfar.Its name in English means "top of the tent". The emirate borders Oman's exclave of Musandam, and occupies part of the same peninsula. It covers an area of 2,486 km2 (960 sq mi) and has 64 km (40 mi) of beach coastline.

RAK city has two main areas - the Old Town and Nakheel - on either side of a creek that is home to mangroves and is framed by the North-Western Hajar Mountains. The emirate also consists of several villages and new gated residential developments, such as Al Hamra Village and Mina Al Arab.

HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi

His Highness Sheikh Saud was named Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah on October 27, 2010, following the death of his father, His Highness Sheikh Saqr. Sheikh Saud's rule has meant a continuation of the pro-growth policies that resulted in a per capita GDP increase of more than 50% from 2004-2007. In recent years, Ras Al Khaimah has continued to establish itself as a robust and growing market with a diversified economic base. Sheikh Saud studied economics at the University of Michigan in the United States, and was instrumental in the founding and restructuring of some of the most successful corporate enterprises in Ras Al Khaimah, including Julphar Pharmaceuticals and RAK Ceramics.


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