The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is rapidly carving out a reputation as one of the world’s premium destinations to live, work and do business. With its strong heritage, state-of-the-art facilities and progressive institutions - all set within a stunning mountain vista - Ras Al Khaimah seamlessly blends history, modernity and adventure to deliver the very best quality of life.
Under the expert leadership and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah is on a mission to highlight its array of advantages that mark it out as a location of choice; whether for investors seeking to be part of Ras Al Khaimah’s success story, tourists looking for exciting outdoor thrills, or professionals in search of new opportunities to work in an environment that provides the highest international standards.
Employment opportunities in Ras Al Khaimah have been multiplying exponentially, driven by a fast-growing economy that has diversification at its core. The Emirate has become a haven for both SMEs and big business, with more than 38,000 companies from 100 countries having set up shop there. Representing over 50 industries, each of these ventures has been able to take advantage of the business licenses and services offered by either Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or the Department of Economic Development.
Ras Al Khaimah’s business sector has grown on the back of its long-standing status as a manufacturing powerhouse, with the Emirate home to such industry juggernauts as Julphar Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries, RAK Ceramics, Union Cement, Stevin Rock, and Ashok Leyland, to name just a few. Its conducive environment for business has seen investors flock to the Emirate to benefit from its cost efficiency, modern infrastructure and advanced amenities. Confirming its credentials as an ideal place to conduct trade and set up commercial operations, Ras Al Khaimah was ranked 30th out of 190 economies for ease of doing business in the 2019 World Bank Doing Business report.
Those who choose to live and work in Ras Al Khaimah get to enjoy the outstanding quality of life the Emirate has to offer, with world-class education and health facilities, leisure options, and all the trappings of a major city, including premium hotels and attractions – all in an extremely safe and secure environment.
Ras Al Khaimah has developed an enviable reputation as a destination of choice for entertainment, leisure and antiquities. Known for its archaeology that dates back 7,000 years, the Emirate boasts a vast array of historic spots, some of which have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Visitors after more exhilarating thrills can take the short drive to the wilder parts of the Emirate, with the spectacular Jebel Jais promising a host of adventure activities.
The UAE’s highest peak standing at 1,934 meters, Jebel Jais features the world’s largest zipline “as certified by Guinness World Records” Jebel Jais Flight at 2.83 kilometers in length.
It is also home to 1484 by Puro – the UAE’s highest restaurant that serves up amazing panoramic views alongside its haute cuisine.
The location has plenty more to offer, with mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as a viewing deck, and camping and ‘glamping’ sites This while the southern end of the Emirate harbors Wadi Shawka, with its biking trails and the Emirates Adventures Camp.
Combining longstanding cultural heritage and outdoor adventure with contemporary living, Ras Al Khaimah welcomed more than 1.12 million visitors in 2019. Recognizing the incredible advances it has made in promoting its unique attributes to visitors, the Emirate was named the Gulf Tourism Capital for both 2020 and 2021 by Gulf Cooperation Council tourism ministers.
It is easy to see why, more-and-more, Ras Al Khaimah is being recognised as having all the qualities one could want to lead a happy, safe and prosperous life. Located just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport – and with its own international airport that is rapidly becoming a vital UAE transport hub - Ras Al Khaimah is home to a large expatriate community that makes up the majority of the population. It is a melting pot for hundreds of nationalities and cultures that reside in some of the most unique and scenic living spaces in the region.