Ras Al Khaimah has a rich history dating back some 7,000 years. In the 13th and 14th centuries, a prosperous port arose in the area we now know as Ras Al Khaimah. Then named Julfar, it became one of the most prominent trading posts in the Arabian Gulf and was widely known for its exquisite pearls.
The emirate is noted for its varied topography, from the Hajar mountains, to rolling sand dunes to 64 kms of beaches, as well as its adventure tourism attractions.
It is the fourth-largest emirate and covers an area of 1,684sq. km, which is equal to 3.16 per cent of the total area of the UAE.
Ras Al Khaimah is located near the northernmost point of the United Arab Emirates and shares its boundaries with the emirates of Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Sharjah. It shares its international border with the Sultanate of Oman.
The city of Ras Al Khaimah is the capital of the emirate. A creek divides it into two areas: the western old town of Ras Al Khaimah and the eastern part – Al Nakheel. Other key towns are: Al Jazirah Al Hamra, Digdaga, Khatt and Masafi. Masafi shares its boundaries with the emirate of Fujairah and is known for its mineral water. Al Marjan Island, to the south of the emirate, is a group of four coral-shaped, man-made islands offering hospitality, residential and lifestyle attractions.
Ras Al Khaimah has been pursuing a strong policy of economic diversification and has experienced exponential growth in recent years. The establishment of free zones and industrial areas has attracted a variety of foreign investment – from SMEs to multinationals – while the emirate’s tourism sector continues to be one of the fastest-growing in the region.
Ras Al Khaimah is an up-and-coming tourism hub. It has scenic locations with diverse landscapes ranging from rolling sand dunes, coastal strips, salt flats, mangroves and mountains. There are sulfur springs near the mountain areas and the emirate is home to a diverse range of wildlife that includes foxes, jerboas and hundreds of bird species.
The highest peak in the UAE, Jebel Jais, is in Ras Al Kahimah. Standing 1,934 meters high, it is the site of the world’s longest zipline certified by Guinness World Records.
The site also offers several other adventure attractions and has the highest restaurant in the UAE. Ras Al Khaimah was named Gulf Tourism Capital for both 2020 and 2021 by the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Note: Information provided by Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office.