The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has a glorious history filled with the originality, and is characterized by its beautiful archaeological and tourist sites, and its fertile agricultural soil, its notable activity in the industrial and tourism sectors. On these days, it notably witnesses a huge turnout from domestic and foreign tourists
Al Marjan Island is considered as one of the most important touristic places teeming with tourists in Ras Al Khaimah. It is a group of artificial islands, built in its shape in the form of coral, which is abundant in water of the Gulf, to be considered a masterpiece of exquisite engineering works, amidst a beautiful marine nature, to be an astonishing touristic landmark, to which the touristic companies come to it together for organizing trips from around the world, and this island is called the icon of the country's touristic projects.
Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah has replete features with diversity, including hotels, restaurants, elite beaches, and water, sea and beach games, which makes it as a fertile attraction place for all nationalities and ages.
This island contains distinctive residences known as Bab Al Bahr, which are mostly luxury residential units, in addition to international hotels such as the Rixos Hotel, which includes six hundred and fifty rooms, and it is considered one of the huge five-star resorts, which is built on three pyramid-shaped buildings. It also has conference rooms in addition to a theater.
The Rixos Bab Al Bahr Resort is the best shelter for the relaxation and luxury and family vacations, especially thanks to its privileged location on the charming Al Marjan Island in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, its varied and luxurious facilities which suit all family members, in addition to the principle of inclusiveness of all services at the original room rate.
The longest slipstream in the world
The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has record a new record in Guinness World Records with the launch of the latest adventure tourism destination, Jebel Jais Flight: The Longest slipstream in the World, which is considered the latest addition to its diverse list of touristic facilities.
The "Jebel Jais Flight" track expends for 2.83 km, which equal to the length of 28 football fields and 1,680 meters above the sea level, which has been opened to the visitors on 1st February.
The slipstream is operated by "Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah", the world's leading company in the slipstreams operating field.
The slipstream, which includes a metal cable weighing more than 6 tons, was built after a year of study and planning. The construction processes included feasibility studies, planning, comprehensive surveys, soil testing and simulations. For preservation of the environment, the slipstream and its supporting structures were carefully designed without affecting the environment, as strong anchor holes were drilled in the hard rocks of the solid "Hajar Mountains" in a process that alone took 6 months of the continuous work.
The participants take a horizontal position that allows them to make a flight experience that is as close to the real flight as possible, as they will wear special equipment for this adventure. The journey through the first and longest track in the world shall take approximately 2 to 3 minutes, after which the adventurers will reach a unique suspended landing platform where they will move to a second track with a length of 1 km to complete their journey back to the Earth.
"Al Suwaidi Pearls"
One of the most important destinations in Ras Al Khaimah is the “Al Suwaidi Pearls” farm, which is a new natural touristic product, bearing economic, touristic, environmental and historical dimensions. It was established at 100 meters from the Khor Al Rams Beach in Ras Al Khaimah, to daily give touristic delegations and pearl lovers a unique and varied experience between the practical benefit and watching the stages of farming and extraction of the finest Arabian pearls, in addition to recreation in the designated areas on the marine platform within the program of natural simulation of the ancestral life, amid a breathtaking view on the towering mountains and palm plantations.
"Al Suwaidi Farm" is considered the first farm for cultured pearls in the region, and it is one of the national entrepreneurship projects in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, and the only one in the country that provides pearls from local sources to jewelry makers around the world, in addition to its role as a touristic product visited by tourists from countries around the world to enjoy the experience of the pearl extraction from the oysters.
Al Suwaidi Pearls Farm was established in 2005 by Abdullah Al Suwaidi with the aim of preserving the legacy of his ancestors and reviving one of the traditional historical crafts of which the UAE prides. It is the only pearl farm in the region that uses naturally farmed and hand pollinated oysters instead of the marine oysters.
Following-up: Muhammad Al-Wasila, Iman Sorour, Hessa Seif, Mona Al-Badawi, Muhammad Al-Mahi and Amir Al-Sunni
Male and female students of the public and private schools that follow the Ministry of Education curriculum, and kindergartens in the various emirates of the country, regularly attended the first semester, which was launched in the first stages of the 2021-2022 academic year, and includes three educational patterns (presence, hybrid and virtual), all of them simulating the students in different stages of education, amid various precautionary procedures and health protocols, as School Administrations made flexible schedules for students attendance enabling them for the available education patterns.
Schools shall receive 50% of the students during the first week of the study, and 100% in the second week in accordance with the approved gradual return plan, with an emphasize on the importance of obtaining the vaccine against the Corona pandemic (COVID-19), and (PCR) test to ensure the health status stability of the students and all educational community groups.
The first studying day witnessed varying rates of absence in some schools, because all students weren't be able to obtain the result of the “PCR” test, and the Emirates Foundation for School Education allowed them to attend today(Monday), while the school administrations were keen, through the work teams formed to start the school daily attendance, to apply the safe return procedures by ensuring that students obtained a negative “PCR” nasal swab, measuring their temperatures, and arranging their entry from the buses to school.
The concerned teams followed up the application of social distancing procedures inside the classrooms, during the two scheduled breaks, upon using the facilities, and the extent to which students adhere to the procedures, including wearing the masks, providing the sterilization tools, and other precautionary procedures during the school day.
On (Sunday) About 400,000 students from the public and private schools throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi returned to their schools (472 schools) with the commencement of the 2022/2021 academic year, amid the strict precautionary and preventive procedures.
Number of school principals in Abu Dhabi confirmed that the attendance percentage of the student to schools and choosing the direct educational system within the classes reached to about 70% of the total students and they were housed in the full-time system, or hybrid education according to the classrooms spaces to ensure the preservation of social and physical distance between the students and leaving a distance of one meter between each student and another, noting that there is an absence rate among the students because the students did not complete the PCR swap.
On their side, the parents praised the return of schools instead of the remote education, and demanded that a PCR test be conducted in the schools to facilitate the students, especially since the younger children can conduct a saliva test for them to facilitate and speed up the sample collection process, in addition to that the school nurses are trained to take a nasal swab for the older students.
221 private schools and educational partnership schools received their students, however a few private schools apologized to parents for not being able to receive their children due to the delay for obtaining the licenses of their school clinics by the concerned authorities. Parents were informed that their children will receive a remote learning through the Microsoft Teams program from first grade to secondary stage, until they are informed of any updates as issued by the department.
Abu Dhabi schools adhered to the highest standards in applying the precautionary and preventive procedures to preserve the health and safety of students and educational staff, as schools showed high levels of compliance upon receiving their students.
Khaled Al-Saidi, principal of a secondary school, stated that the school has allocated entry and exit gates for the students with adhering to safety distances between them.
Hassan bin Zayed Al Shamsi, Vice Principal of a secondary school, pointed out that all the procedures and measures implemented by schools in these days, for the sake of the children's interest and returning activity of the study, are an integrated system through which we can complete and meet our hopes, goals and ambitions, for a new start that provides the security and safety to our students and educational staff.
The Al Mwahb School Principal, Zabih Al-Qamzi, added that she felt the students' happiness for returning to the realistic study.
Public and private schools in Sharjah received their students in all academic levels at the beginning of the academic year, and the entry gates witnessed following-up the precautionary procedures by committees composed of teaching staff to ensure the students' commitment of taking the vaccine for the targeted groups, wearing a mask, and passing through the sterilization and thermal measurement gates.
The bells were rung after the students organized in the morning queue and listened to the instructions of school officials for adhering to the social distancing.
A number of principals of Sharjah schools confirmed to the "Al-Khaleej" their determination that this year shall be the normal return to the school yard after ensuring the required conditions, noting that they had taken all procedures before the students returned to regularity in their classes, and put proactive plans in preparation for various possibilities to ensure a healthy and safety learning environment for the educational staff.
Saeed Musabah Al Kaabi, Sharjah Education Council Chairman, ensured that receiving the new school year of 2021 2022 is an important and joyous occasion that fills society with hope and optimism for the students return to the education seats, whether by attendance or remotely, in order to integrate all national goals and go towards building empowered generations that lead the future towards a broader horizon.
On a related level, the Sharjah Police General Headquarter welcomed the new academic year of 2021-2022 with an integrated security plan and applying all precautionary procedures, in coordination and cooperation with the strategic partners and relevant authorities to ensure provision of the highest standards of security and safety for students and educational staff.
Since the commencement of the new academic year on Sunday, Sharjah Police intensified the presence of 70 traffic patrols at intersections and internal and external roads in the emirate to organize the traffic movement and to facilitate the movement of the school buses.
Major General/ Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, emphasized the importance of effective coordination procedures followed by all work teams to stabilize the educational process in the emirate and to ensure the safety and security of students, praising the excellence of the Sharjah Private Education Authority's plans that guarantee the safety of educational staff, students and parents.
The teaching and administrative bodies in Ajman public and private schools arranged in the midst of a heavy attendance of students and their parents, and some schools organized celebrations to receive male and female students and the school yard was decorated, with the presence of educational supervisors to organize the entry of students, and to ensure the application of the precautionary procedures.
Some educational officials emphasized that this year witnessed a distinguished presence after the students tended to receive the vaccine, which reassured parents and encouraged them to bring their children to the school, which helped increasing the number of students in schools in attendance, noting that the plans made by the teaching and administration entities were enough for succeeding the first day of the academic year by overcoming all difficulties and setting early teaching and administrative plans to facilitate the educational process.
Life has been resumed in the educational institutions in the Emirate of Fujairah, announcing a promising and strong commencement for the new academic year, after the forced stop due to the repercussions of the Corona pandemic (COVID-19) in the last academic year.
With the commencement of the new academic year, public and private schools that follow the Ministry’s curriculum in the cities and regions of the Emirate of Fujairah witnessed a large presence of male and female students, amid precautionary procedures and strict preventive measures to ensure a safe and stable academic year, as all educational institutions assigned an official to review the results of negative tests for students, a heat detector and sterilization in front of the school gates.
«Al-Khaleej» monitored the beginning of the academic year in a number of schools in the Emirate of Fujairah, after the traffic patrols and police teams that intensified their presence and patrols of Fujairah Police Headquarters contributed to smoothing and controlling the traffic movement, while the Community Police Department in Fujairah Police presented flowers to the students in the Emirate's schools.
Ras Al Khaimah
Amna Abdullah Al Zaabi, Director of the Ras Al Khaimah Educational Zone, and a member of the local emergency, crises and disasters management team in Ras Al Khaimah, confirmed that all 34 private schools in the emirate that met the conditions and applied to the social distancing and precautionary procedures received more than 90% of their students on the first day of the academic year.
She explained that the schools, whose infrastructure and size of classes were large, were able to comfortably receive most students, while some schools received students in batches, provided that all stages being received on next Wednesday, and schools that follow the group system and divide each seminar in a private building separating from the rest of the stages, the organizational matters were much easier in terms of applying the precautionary procedures.
Umm Al Quwain
Amid exceptional preparations, Umm Al Quwain schools received male and female students for the 2021-2022 academic year, after nearly a year and a half of implementing the hybrid and remote education due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Emirate's schools emphasized their readiness to receive the students on the first school day, with adherence to all precautionary procedures, pointing out that all teachers in the school and the administrative body were vaccinated, but the third booster dose was taken for most teachers and the administrative body, and school facilities were prepared in line with the requirements approved by the Ministry.
She stated that the percentage of students' commitment on the first day ranged between 70 and 90%, noting that coordination is ongoing and continues with the educational area and schools in general in order to ensure the safety of our students and the educational and administrative staff.
The "Ras Al Khaimah International Center", which is the authority of international companies registration in Ras Al Khaimah, announced signing of a memorandum of understanding with the "Department of Economic Development", which is concerned with issuing the licenses for the local companies in the emirate, aimed to open the field for investors of the international companies to expand and conduct the scope of their business activities inside the Emirate, by establishing subsidiaries licensed by the Department.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Kayed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ras Al Khaimah International Center, witnessed conclusion of the memorandum of understanding signed by Dr. Samir Al Ansari, CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah International Center and Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Shayeb Al Naqbi, Director-General of the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah.
The cooperation between the two entities allows the companies registered in the “Ras Al Khaimah International Center” to corporate subsidiaries licensed by the “Department of Economic Development” in Ras Al Khaimah in order to carry on their business activities inside the emirate, and to benefit from the advantages of the international and local companies, whereas the owners of these companies can benefit from the tax exemptions imposed on the income of individuals and companies, to ease of movement of capital, to collect the profits and the reduced customs fees, and to lift restrictions on the currencies. Owners of these companies shall also have options for the office spaces, ability to open corporate bank accounts, freedom of the global trade and investment, and eligibility to obtain residence visas for investors and employees in the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Kayed Al Qasimi expressed his optimism for the cooperation with the department and the "Ras Al Khaimah International Center" in order to achieve the aspirations and strategic vision of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for making the emirate's land as fertile and attractive land for investments and to facilitate the investors to manage their projects successfully and dynamically with a number of grants and advantages offered by the department to them.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi emphasized the importance of this partnership between the Center and the Department of Economic Development in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah as it will help to enhancing the competitiveness of the emirate and its ability to attract the investors from all over the world to take advantage of the available opportunities, advanced infrastructure and innovative solutions that support business on its way to the excellence.
From his part, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Naqbi stated: “The memorandum of understanding is a coronation of the partnership efforts between the two entities in order to enhance the attraction of foreign investment, and grant the investors registered in the Ras Al Khaimah International Center opportunity to carry on their economic activities in the emirate with flexibility and easiness, and to enjoy the benefits that the department will provide them with, in a way to enhance the stimulation of the economic sector in the emirate.
Dr. Samir Al-Ansari explained that signing the memorandum represents a milestone which opens up prospects of the cooperation for supporting the customers in order to meet all requirements of realistic economic activities. He also expressed his hope that companies shall benefit from the available opportunities and benefits offered, in cooperation with the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah to expand the scope of their business within the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
Conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding between the “Ras Al Khaimah International Center” and the “Department of Economic Development” in Ras Al Khaimah enhances the existing concept of cooperation between the various government agencies, which work to achieve a common objective for the benefit of the customers and advancing the economic development in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority
Al Tayer: Enhancing mass transportation to be the preferred choice for the exhibition's visitors
The Roads and Transport Authority announced its plan for transporting Expo 2020 visitors, from the various emirates of the country, including determination of nine sites distributed in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, and the allocation of 70 buses, which shall run 193 trips per day on weekdays, rising to 213 trips per day on Thursday and Friday.
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Directors, confirms the authority's keenness to facilitate the visitors transportation process from different emirates to the Expo 2020 site, and vice versa, and that public transportation shall be the preferred option for transporting the exhibition visitors.
He stated: As part of its comprehensive operational plan for the movement of visitors of Expo 2020, the Roads and Transport Authority provided an integrated public transport buses fleet, which are characterized by their compliance with the European specifications for low carbon emissions "Euro 6", the first fleet of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, based on its keenness to preserve the environment and rationalizing the energy, which contributes to reducing the carbon footprint of the bus, the presence of a low entrance in the buses has been provided to facilitate the movement of thedisabled persons, and providing the best services for users of the public transportation, through the distinguished interior finishes and vast seats, and providing the special seats for children, Wi-Fi service, and a USB access for charging mobile phones and providing them with smart systems.
Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
The Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Directors, clarified that the transport plan of Expo 2020 visitors from different emirates includes the allocation of four sites in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the first site is the Abu Dhabi International Airport Station, providing 10 buses, which shall be run 31 trips per day in both directions on the days from Saturday to Wednesday, and 33 trips per day in both directions on Thursdays and Fridays, and the second site is Abu Dhabi Main Bus Station, provideing 10 buses, shall be run 26 trips per day in both directions on the days from Saturday to Wednesday, and 29 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday, and the third site is the Marina Mall Station, providing 10 buses, which shall be run 27 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 28 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday, and the fourth station is Al Ain Bus Station, and the authority has allocated 9 buses for such station, which shall run 22 trips per day in both directions on the days from Saturday to Wednesday, and 25 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday, and the tracking time between the bus trips in all four locations is 20 minutes.
He added: The authority determined two sites for transporting the visitors from the Emirate of Sharjah, the first site is Jubail Bus Station, and 10 buses have been allocated for it, 29 trips shall be run per day in both directions on the days from Saturday to Wednesday, and 33 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday, and the tracking time shall be 20 minutes, the second site is Muwailih Station, and 10 buses have been allocated for it. 32 trips shall be run per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 37 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday, and tracking time shall be 15 minutes.
Ras Al-Khaimah and Ajman
The authority determined two bus stations in Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman for transporting the visitors from the two Emirates, as seven buses are been allocated from Ras Al Khaimah passing to Ajman, and 17 trips shall be run per day in both directions on the days from Saturday to Wednesday, and 18 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday, and the tracking time shall be 60 minutes.
The authority has allocated four buses for transporting the visitors from the Emirate of Fujairah, specifically from the bus station near to Fujairah City Center, and nine trips shall be run per day in both directions on the days from Saturday to Wednesday, and 10 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday, and the tracking time shall be two-hours.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, inaugurated Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital as part of a set of field hospitals constructed in all cities of the state by "SEHA" in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi and under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital in RAK is built on seven thousand square meters containing 204 beds, 48 of which are allocated for intensive care and 156 for moderate and severe cases. Services are provided in the Hospital by 75 doctors, 231 nurses, 44 technicians and assistant health personnel.
HH/ the Crown Prince of RAK stressed that the construction of Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital in RAK reflects the UAE’s pioneering efforts to prevent the spread of "Covid-19" and to provide medical care for everyone according to the latest health protocols applied in the world.
On this occasion, HH/ the Crown Prince of RAK said that the Field Hospital in RAK represents a qualitative addition in such vital sector, which would enhance the medical capabilities in the Emirate to provide the medical services and care for the persons infected with Covid-19 and maintain the health and safety of everyone.
HH added that the construction of field hospitals in all Emirates of the state reflects the shrewd leadership’s keenness to provide the best health care to the residents of the Emirates and to maintain the health and safety of everyone indicating that everyone’s health is a top priority.
He also expressed his deep thanks and gratitude to HH/ Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his ongoing support and directives of establishing and equipping the field hospitals in various emirates of the state, which confirms his great keenness on the health of citizens and residents, which is reflected in the high rates of recovery from Covid-19.
His Highness stated that RAK, in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, will continue exerting its efforts to take the best measures with the aim of overcoming Covid-19 pandemic through a pioneering health system.
HH/ the Crown Prince of RAK affirmed that the Field Hospital reflects the high level of readiness of the UAE based on the highest medical standards and taking the best measures to overcome the pandemic with high efficiency and professionalism with the aim of preserving the health of the UAE population.
During an inspection tour in various departments at the Hospital, HH and his escorts listened to adequate explanation from officers about the Hospital's components, equipment, strategy and methods of working. He reviewed the steps that have been taken in order to equip the Hospital with all the medical equipment and tools needed to treat the cases that will be referred to the Hospital if needed. This Hospital is deemed as important addition to the governmental and private hospitals operating in the Emirate, which, with the integration of their roles, constitute one of the most important components of the effective health system in the UAE.
HH recognized the integration of roles of all work teams from all entities that support Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital in the Emirate. HH expressed his admiration of the integrated work system that was prepared to secure the highest levels of work efficiency in the Hospital and to enhance its ability in dealing with all emergent health needs in a manner that supports the entire capacity of health system in the UAE.
On his part, Saif Arhama Al Shamsi, Deputy General Manager of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, affirmed that the construction of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital in RAK reflects the shrewd leadership directives that aim at taking benefit from all the national resources to support health sector and increase the capacity to provide the best means of health care and prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, which confirms that human health is the leadership's top priority.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention confirmed that the construction of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital in RAK with high operational capabilities comes as part of the UAE government's keenness to provide all sources to enhance the capabilities of the state's health system and improve its efficiency to overcome the challenge of Covid-19 and to provide care and treatment services for all members of society as per the best medical standards and the highest levels of quality in line with the directives served by the shrewd leadership which affirms that protecting the health of society comes first among all the national priorities.
The Ministry said that this measure establishes confidence in the UAE ability to overcome challenges due to the health system efficiency and ability to create effective treatment and preventive solutions through proactive, effective and well-considered measures that have proven positive results in the protection of community.
The Ministry stated that the UAE has occupied a global leadership in the field of proactive and national flexibility in dealing with "Covid-19" and the readiness for any developments thanks to the resources and capabilities provided by the shrewd leadership and its keenness to continuously communicate with field personnel to enhance positivity and motivation and instill reassurance and confidence in society segments regarding the UAE capabilities to overcome the crisis and reach recovery phase with the aim of building on the achievements and preserving the gains to enhance the state's reputation.
The Ministry hailed the efforts exerted by the heroes of the first line of defense who gave inspiring examples of sacrifice, and affirmed its pride in the national medical cadres who represent a role model in giving and dedication.
On turn, Salem Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), said that the UAE continues to adopt the best international practices in order to complement the current health care system in the state and enhance the sector’s capabilities and its readiness to overcome Covid-19.
He added that, in line with the directives of our wise leadership, we will remain committed to cooperating with other bodies and directing our collective strength towards achieving a supreme goal represented in providing the best health care offers and protecting our community. Since we are prime models, we confirm on the need for rapid and proactive cooperation. We have witnessed remarkable success regarding the concerting our efforts in providing exclusive places for treatment and quarantine for Covid-19 patients. We are very grateful to all our partners for their generosity by giving us additional spaces for the success of our mission of society protection.
Al-Nuaimi expressed his deep gratitude to all of those who participated in the rapid construction of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital in RAK, and expressed his appreciation for the efforts of our medical staff and their great sacrifices to ensure that these facilities are ready to serve all patients.
On turn, Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi, Acting Executive Manager of Operations at SEHA affirmed that SEHA with its huge experience, qualified medical, technical and administrative staff, and advanced medical equipment is a pillar of the health care sector in the UAE, which enabled it to support the state's efforts in fighting COVID-19 pandemic. SEHA continues its efforts to overcome the pandemic by establishing more field hospitals in some of the state's emirates.
Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi said that opening Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital in RAK is a qualitative addition to the field hospitals that were already opened in Sharjah and Ajman. These field hospitals contribute to dealing with the number of people infected with Covid-19 and providing them with the necessary medical care as per the highest global standards.
Inauguration ceremony was attended by Major General/ Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Head of the Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Team, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, Saif Arhamah Al Shamsi, Deputy General Manager of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, Dr. Jamal Muhammad Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of the Department of Health, Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi, the Acting Executive Manager of Operations at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and a number of officials. (Emirates New Agency)
The Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Center affiliated with the RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced that it will organize the World Championships for Aerial Sports, Ras Al Khaimah, 2021, in cooperation with the International Sports Network Organization (ISNO). This 2021 tournament is being organized for the first time in the Middle East and hosted by the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The championship will be held at the Hamra International Center for Exhibitions and Conferences in the Al-Jazirah Al-Hamra from next 24 to 28 September with the participation of more than 28 Arab and European countries.
This took place during the press conference held by the Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Center at the Al Hamra International Exhibition and Convention Center, in which Mohamed Musabbeh Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ras al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, announced the features of the first edition of the championship to be held for the first time in the United Arab Emirates. The press conference was held in presence of Mohamed Hassan Al Sabab, Director of Exhibitions Centre and Acting Director of RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Agata Krzywka and Robert Brzmislau representatives from the International Sport Network Organization, Polish partner of the championship organizer as well as all media.
Mohamed Musabbeh Al Nuaimi said “Today, the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has succeeded, as usual, in hosting international tournaments and events. Yesterday was the launch of the International Stevie Award and today the World Championships in Aerial Sports. We continue to bring more international events".
Al Nuaimi stressed that hosting of this international championship by Ras Al Khaimah could mean hosting of the participants from professionals and amateurs, as well as those who love it and who love to watch it. The contestants who are registered for the event till now are coming from over 28 counties from all over the world, and the registration is still open for participation in the championship, before its launch in the upcoming 24th September and hence participating countries are expected to reach more than 45 countries.
Al Nuaimi added that “Our success in bringing this global event coincides with the official launch of the "Year of Fiftieth" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE and its Golden Jubilee. Let every Emirati and resident of this country be proud as UAE has become the focus of attention of the whole world thanks to its daily achievements as well as the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, by hosting this tournament and the previous world tournaments and awards, has also become the focus of attention for followers of the tournaments, awards and international events. Today, air sports fans around the world follow this event and the preparations of our hotels, centers and all tourist resorts to receive tournament guests, at the highest level.
He continued: “There are about 13 clubs in the UAE distributed over all the emirates of the country to practice this activity and its membership includes thousands of all Arab and European nationalities".
Mohamed Hassan Al Sabab, Acting Director of Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry said “the World Aerial Sports Championship in Ras Al Khaimah is organized by Ras Al Khaimah Exhibitions Centre and managed by International Sport Network Organization, contestants from the participating countries will participate in it, and compete over a period of 5 days from next 24 to 28 September at the Hamra International Center for Exhibitions and Conferences. The championship shall witness a competition of 5 age groups from male, female contestants and 8 sections of the Aerial sports, and the competitors shall be announced on the 1st of September”.
Al Sabab added that there are events to take place at the margins of the championship with which the participants from all countries will be pleased while tours shall be arranged to the tourism attractions in the Emirate among many other surprises that shall be announced in the due course.
It should be noted that the participating countries in the championship are the United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Greece, India, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Slovenia, Sweden, UK and USA
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, received at His Highness’s Palace in Saqr bin Mohammed City yesterday, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi, Member of the Board of Directors of ETIHAD RAIL, Falah Muhammad Al Ahbabi, and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, His Highness was briefed on the developments of the UAE national railway network project, its developments, achievements and future plans. He then lauded this strategic and vital project while highlighting its role in consolidating the country’s competitiveness and leading regional and international stature.
His Highness also witnessed the signing of an agreement between “Etihad Rail” and “Stevin Rock", one of the largest quarrying companies in the world, with the aim of providing rail freight services and transporting building materials from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi. His Highness blessed the agreement and stressed the importance of supporting this national project because it represents a new pillar to enhance the economic and industrial sustainability of the UAE and the importance it bears to support sustainable development plans in the Emirate.
The UAE is home of tens of outstanding proud and glorious historical Castles that represent an eyewitness to the greatness of the Emirati community, cohesion of its nationals and the richness of its cultural heritage which was reflected in the diverse architecture techniques used in the construction of these Castles.
The Emirati Castles vary in shape including the circular, coned and cubic shapes. Further, they have been distinguished by the variety of the materials used in their construction according to the surrounding environment. The Castles in the coastal regions depended on sandstone, coral and marine stones, while limestone, plaster and clay were used in the desert lands, and stone was used in the mountainous areas. The Castles erected in the oases used the rocks made from clay and hay.
Seven of the most prominent UAE Castles were transformed into unique tourist destinations that take their visitors on a thrilling journey into the depths of history.
Al Jahili Fort is located in the southeastern region of Al Ain, near Al Ain Palace Museum . Its construction started in 1891 under the rule of the late Sheikh Zayed the First and it was completed in the same year. In addition to using the Castle for military purposes, it occupied an ideal location for military operations, as it is located close to water sources and surrounded by fertile agriculture land.
Visitors of Al Fahidi Fort travel through time to recognize a past that is full of trophies engraved in the national memory. This Fort that was constructed in 1787 to protect Dubai and it is considered the most ancient building there.
Dibba Al-Hisn Fort represents a live narration of the ancient history of the city which narrates the incidents that have occurred in the region. Further, it is distinguished by its architectural character and privileged location over the hills of that region.
The Fort is one of the most important monuments in this ancient city, noting that the modern archaeological discoveries supported what the historical references mentioned about Dibba and its ancient history, confirming that it is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the UAE. The Fort was constructed using stones, clay and plaster, and it is topped with two towers in its southwestern and northwestern sides. The fence is centered by a squared section in its northern side in addition to a small squared section in the northeastern side.
Inside the Fort, there are two wells; one on the western side, next to the tower and close to a large Sidr (Lote) tree, and the second is located on the northeast side and close to another Sidr (Lote) tree, in addition to a medium-sized mosque next to them.
Masfout Castle is located on the northern border of Masfout region, 120 kilometers southeast of Ajman. The castle was built by stone, clay and local timber and it consists of two rooms and one gate. In late 1940, the tower-style castle was restored at the request of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi.
Falaj Al Mualla Castle was built in 1800 approximately in Umm al Quwain and it consists of a squared building with two towers on the northeastern and southwestern sided, a large majlis with lobbies overlooking an internal courtyard in addition to many watchtowers.
In 2015, the Castle witnessed an overall restoration in addition to a museum that embodies the ancestors’ legend and the past of the region.
Built in the sixteenth century, Dhaya Castle is one of the most important castles in Ras Al Khaimah as it was erected on the top of a high hill overlooking the Arabian Gulf, and was surrounded by a rocky fence stuffed with gravel to form a flat surface. The architectural type and location selected by the inhabitants for the Castle reflect the defense mechanism adopted by the Emiratis to protect their land, as the Castle, restored in 2001, is considered the only fort that still exists on the top of a hill in the state.
Fujairah Fort is one of the most distinguished forts in the UAE and it was built on a high hill in the ancient Fujairah area and its building rises to about 20 m. above sea level. The Castle that was built in the period 1500 -1550 witnessed many circumstances that led to collapse and damage of its walls and it was rebuilt in the period 1650-1700 before its first renovation in 1925 and second renovation in the mid-sixties. In the period 1998-2000, the Department of Antiquities and Heritage made a comprehensive restoration of the Castle and its towers.
Photos of a «pink-coloured Lake», in the coastal lake «Saraya Lake», located in Al Rams area northern of Ras Al Khaimah, have been going viral on social media after being captured and documented by the Emarati youth, Ammar Al Farsi (19 years), a university student, using a drone camera. He said to «Al Khaleej»: I’ve captured the «Salty Lake» and took those pictures after a friend told me about this natural phenomenon. He pointed out that the water pool is just 100meters away of the coast and the lake is formed inside a hollow in the earth and extends to an area of approximately 40 meters in length and 10 meters in width.
Dr. Saif Al Ghais, Director General of the Environment Protection and Development Authority in Ras Al Khaimah, commented on the circulated photos and said that the water discoloration and its transformation or tendency to pink is due to the proliferation of the «red algae» which is known scientifically as the red «Chlorine Algae» group. Further, he pointed out that the red algae consist of larger groups that include more than 4,000 species. He affirmed that the EPDA cannot take a final decision and explain the red color of the lake conclusively until taking samples from the location, analyzing and studying them scientifically.
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, received Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE who came to greet and pay tribute to His Highness.
During the meeting, His Highness Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah welcomed the ambassador and discussed with him ways to reinforce the strategic cooperation ties between the two countries at all levels.
His Highness also lauded the friendship between the UAE and Switzerland and the ambassador's efforts to consolidate the strategic partnership between the two countries.
On his part, Baggi expressed his deep thanks and appreciation to His Highness Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah for the hospitality and warm reception, appraising His Highness’ wise leadership for achieving the Emirate’s prosperity in various sectors.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Franco Vigliotti, Dean of EPFL Middle East, Matteo Bova, Chairman of the Swiss Business Council in Abu Dhabi, Thomas Stump, Vice President of Hilti, Hassan Annouti, General Manager of Geox Swiss Kitchens, Kashif Mirgant, entrepreneur, and Dr. Jan Gower, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Hospital.
HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, witnessed, at 11:000 am of yesterday, Tuesday, the official celebration of the Emirate of Flag Day, in the presence of HH Sheikh Muhammad bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, and a set of senior officials and figures in the Emirate amid precautionary measures.
HH, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, stressed in his speech during the national celebration that we all stand in one row on "Flag Day" behind the state's flag whose ambitions embraced the heavens and its achievements exceeded the clouds. This flag is deeply rooted in us like mountains.
His Highness said: The UAE flag is a national symbol that reflects the leadership's determination and the Emirati people's will, and represents the symbol of the union, unity and pride of the nation. We are proud of this flag among nations, and this flag shall help us to reach the peaks.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, states that “Flag Day” is an exceptional national event where the people of the United Arab Emirates celebrate, and in which the values of loyalty, belonging and a deep sense of the nation's value and care are reflected.
His Highness indicated that Flag Day is the day of the nation, and that it is a day of the national pride reflected in this flag for which we all work to defend in the fields of pride, heroism, truth and national duty and pride.
His Highness, the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah stated in his speech that "Flag Day", which falls on 3 November of each year, comes as a celebration of National Cohesion Day, a day of patriotism and a celebration of the anniversary when the Leader of the March of Goodness and Construction His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, "may Allah protect him." took office of the state to make several achievements in various fields during his reign, making our state a title of glory and a civilized model for progress and prosperity.
His Highness indicated that the UAE flag is a symbol of the love of the UAE deeply rooted in hearts and minds. Live long the flag of my state and still lofty and touch the sky, to reflect the image of a nation and keep the flags of our nation as high as the sky, lofty like the loftiness and strength of the people of the UAE. Long live the UAE as proud, lofty and strong with the will of its wise leadership and its loyal sons.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, congratulated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State «may Allah protect him» and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the State and Ruler of Dubai «May Allah protect him» and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and their brothers, Their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Prince, Representatives of Rulers and the people of the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of “Flag Day”, a day of glory and pride.
The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah was selected as Gulf Tourism Capital for 2021 during the fifth meeting of Tourism Ministers of GCC Countries. Ras Al Khaimah was praised for its identity as a sustainable destination of tourism, and was awarded the title for the second successive year during the virtual meeting held to discuss the ways of cooperation between the Arab Gulf Countries in tourism sector.
Ras Al Khaimah is deemed to be one of the most variable emirates in the Arab Gulf region, thanks to its world-class tourist experiences and attractions. As a result, Ras Al Khaimah managed to strengthen its position on the global tourism map as one of the fastest growing destinations in the region. Selecting Ras Al Khaimah as the capital of Gulf tourism for 2021 confirms its rapid and effective efforts to overcome Covid-19 crisis, which enabled it to obtain the international accreditation as a safe tourist destination for domestic tourism. Ras Al Khaimah was the first destination in the world to obtain a compliance label from "Bureau Veritas" and a "Safe Travel" seal from the World Travel and Tourism Council. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority always is keen to enhance its position as a safe destination for visitors by providing free PCR tests of Covid-19 to the international visitors residing in the Emirate until the end of the current year.
Ras Al Khaimah has made several important achievements during recovery stage as a number of unique tourism projects in the region have been announced, such as the Bear Grylls camp for explorers, the first of its kind in the world, this camp will provide accommodation within the camp, in addition to «1484 by Puro » Restaurant which is considered the highest Restaurant in the United Arab Emirates. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently announced that four archaeological sites in Ras Al Khaimah shall be included in the preliminary list of World Heritage sites. These sites are as follows: Julfar, the trading town, Al Jazirah Al Hamra, Shaml and the Cultural Landscape of Dhayah. This achievement will push forward the process of recovery of tourism and hospitality sectors in the Emirate.
Raki Phillips, the CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “We are pleased with selecting Ras Al Khaimah as the capital of Gulf tourism for the second year by the tourism ministers of GCC countries, especially during this year that witnessed unprecedented challenges. This selection confirms the flexibility that tourism sector in Ras Al Khaimah is characterized by, as well as our focus on the continuous innovation to attract visitors again to the Emirate.
This Declaration comes after the remarkable growth recorded by the Emirate in the revenues of the available rooms and the average daily occupancy during July and August of the current year. By so doing, Ras Al Khaimah was the only tourist destination in the region that achieved such results. The results of a survey conducted by Ernst & Young regarding hotel sector in the Middle East revealed that the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah witnessed an increase of more than 70% in the daily occupancy rate during July 2020 compared to July 2019, which resulted in a growth of 13% in the revenues of the available rooms. In August 2020, the remarkable increase in the daily occupancy rate by more than 60% when compared to August 2019 resulted in a growth in the available rooms revenue by more than 15%, mainly due to the enhanced safety and cleanliness measures, in addition to the holiday promotions campaign allocated to short holidays that contributed to providing 15,000 hotel reservations during the first 12 weeks of launching the campaign.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, stressed that “Flag Day” is an exceptional national event where the people of the United Arab Emirates celebrate, and in which the values of loyalty, belonging and a deep sense of the nation's value and care are reflected. His Highness indicated that Flag Day is the day of the national pride reflected in this flag, which we all work to defend in the fields of pride, heroism, truth and national duty and pride.
His Highness, the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah stated in his speech that "Flag Day", which falls on 3 November of each year, comes as a celebration of National Cohesion Day, a day of patriotism and celebration of the anniversary when the Leader of the march of Goodness and Construction, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, "may Allah protect him." took office of the state to make several achievements in various fields during his reign, making our state as a title of glory and a civilized model for progress and prosperity.
His Highness indicated that the UAE flag is a symbol of the love of the UAE deeply rooted in hearts and minds. Live long the flag of my state and still lofty and touch the sky, to reflect the image of a nation and keep the flag of our nation as high as the sky, lofty like the loftiness and strength of the people of the UAE. Long live the UAE as proud, lofty and strong thanks to the will of your wise leadership and loyal sons.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, congratulated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State «may Allah protect him» and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the State and Ruler of Dubai «May Allah protect him» and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and their brothers, Their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Prince, Representatives of Rulers and the people of the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of “Flag Day”, a day of glory and pride.
The Department of Civil Aviation in Ras Al Khaimah has confirmed that residents shall be allowed to enter through Ras Al Khaimah International Airport as of the coming October 15 without any need to obtain prior approvals according to the procedures adopted in the State that include a pre-examination before coming to the State that does not exceed 96 hours from the date of travel; provided that the examination results must be negative.
Tourists from all countries shall be allowed to enter through Ras Al Khaimah International Airport; provided that the following entry conditions must be fulfilled; including booking travel tickets and the necessity of obtaining health insurance for the tourist before entering the country. The tourist shall have to obtain the result of the laboratory examination / PCR / four days before traveling from the country of departure and shall have to present proof of this test upon entering through the Emirate Airport with the same examination being performed again upon the arrival of the coming travelers. A form of an undertaking must also be signed. A Health Information Disclosure Form for all comers from all destinations must be signed and delivered to the Competent Authorities at the airport. Al-Hosn application must be downloaded. The data of all comers must be registered therein to facilitate communication with Health Authorities. Quarantine shall be applied to positive cases according to the procedures adopted in the Country.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, confirmed that education is the main guarantor for preserving the achievements and gains, and the key pillar for continuing the process of building the Country, strengthening and enhancing its regional and global presence and contributing to establishing human civilization.
His Highness said: “Here we stand today before another achievement that our students shall realize in their march towards leadership”, praising the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the Country, May Allah protect him, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, May Allah protect him, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, which has placed education at the top of priorities and at the forefront of comprehensive development plans, in recognition of the importance and vital role of education in strengthening the position of the Country at the regional and global levels in various fields and at all levels.
This came during His Highness’ reception of a group of American University of Ras Al Khaimah students, who worked on the first miniature environmental satellite «Mezn SAT» Project, which represents the first one of its kind in the country, under the supervision of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency and in cooperation between the American University of Ras Al Khaimah and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, to be the first scientific satellite in the State to be built by university students.
His Highness praised the outstanding efforts exerted by the students to achieve success and said «I congratulate you for this success. It is an important step in the history of the Country’s achievements in the space sector. We hope that greater steps would follow, whether at the academic level of the university or in your career in the future. »
His Highness added «Our wager in the United Arab Emirates continues on education as being the main facilitator of the sustainable development process and human development as the most important element in continuing the building process and in strengthening the presence of the Country in various fields. The education development and transition from theoretical aspects to practical application and production are an indication that we are moving in the right direction. I am proud of the efforts of our promising youth and the contribution of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah to this new civilizational achievement of the Country. »
His Highness said: «There is no doubt that investing in the human element represents the real and actual investment that the United Arab Emirates has been based on since its inception. This qualifies us to compete globally at all levels and in all fields. »
His Highness stressed – at the end of the meeting – that success and excellence are the results of many factors, the most important of which are hard work, assiduousness, diligence, and having clear objectives that enable generations to reach their goals, then he emphasized his continued and constant support provided for the educational system and pioneering scientific projects at all levels.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, received yesterday the Ambassador of the United States of America John Rakolta Jr. in the country, who presented his greeting to His Highness. His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah welcomed the Ambassador and discussed the bilateral relations and joint cooperation between the two friendly countries at various levels.
His Highness praised the friendly relations that bind United Arab Emirates and the United States of America, which would bring about further progress and prosperity for the two peoples. On his part, John Rakolta expressed his deep thanks and appreciation to His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah for the kind hospitality and warm reception, praising the strong strategic relations between the two countries.
Ras Al Khaimah Executive Council convened its ordinary meeting remotely through visual technologies, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Chairman of the Executive Council.
Topics listed on its agenda related to cooperation and partnership with the Federal Government, the reports of the Council Committees’ work, the achievements and effectiveness of government procedures and systems that support business continuity under the current circumstances and the follow up of development efforts to improve the Emirate’s global competitiveness were reviewed through the meeting.
The Council heard the Quality of Life Report 2020 in light of the outputs and results of the National Survey of Quality of Life, presented by Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, the Minister of Community Development. Whereas the survey aimed to measure the quality of life of individuals, identify the main affecting factors and enable Government Agencies and Authorities to develop their work programs to enhance the quality of life. The report included a study of the most prominent priorities of specific groups of society. The Council reviewed the general results and recommendations of the factors affecting the quality of life in Ras Al Khaimah in light of the National Quality of Life Index, which consists of three main areas represented in: an advanced country, an interconnected society and the quality of life of individuals.
The Council directed Government Agencies in the Emirate to focus on the most important priorities to enhance the quality of life of individuals in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, to work according to its ambitious plans to raise satisfaction and achieve advanced levels in the national index in a manner that contributes to strengthening the National Strategy for Wellbeing 2031.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Chairman of the Executive Council, emphasized the importance of strengthening partnerships, cooperation and integration between the federal and local government to achieve the vision of the wise leadership for the happiness of citizens, and called for the necessity of remedying and filling the gaps in complementary relations through adhering to continuous coordination and fruitful cooperation. He further expressed the willingness to accept ideas and facilitate the success of initiatives that aimed at improving the quality of life in light of the available possibilities for enhancing the United Arab Emirates’ global reputation.
The Council discussed the report submitted by the Economic Committee on its work program and the results of its meetings during the last period, and decided to assign the Department of Economic Development, in coordination with the relevant Authorities in the Government, to implement the proposal of developing the smart economy platform in the Emirate for all economic data from multiple sources, create a control panel and analytical reports related to the business and economy sector, support future forecasting and simulation modeling for proper planning and to developperformance indicators in various economic aspects, which include the labor market, trade, export, ease of business, inflation rates, real estate and other national accounts.
Preparation For It’s 50
The Council reviewed the efforts and results of the work of the government teams entrusted with contributing to set the Preparation Plan for its fifty within the axes of society, security, safety, justice, law, education, human capital, infrastructure, environmental sustainability and others. The Council commended the achievements of the teams, the visions and the initiatives that were developed and the efforts of coordination, consultation and partnership with the federal government in this regard. The Council stressed the importance of predictive data and analysis in shaping the future. The Council reviewed the report submitted by the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence on the work progress in participating in the Ease of Doing Business Report 2021 issued by the World Bank.
Mohammed bin Saud visits Ras Al Khaimah Police and inspects the Mobile Operations Room and the Smart Safe City Platform
Ras Al Khaimah, August 24th, WAM, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, affirmed the keenness of the State's wise leadership to support and backup the police and security agencies in their various locations to enable them to perform their assigned role properly, using the latest modern smart devices and technologies which support the umbrella of security and safety in the state.
His Highness, the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, appreciated the advanced level of Ras Al Khaimah Police General Headquarters, which is keen to bring the latest smart security devices and equipment that contribute to enhance the security and safety process and protect the nation and its citizens and residents.
This came during His Highness’ visit to Ras Al Khaimah Police General Headquarters, where he was received by Major General / Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the Police, Brigadier / Abdullah Khamis Al-Hadidi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Brigadier / Walid Ali Al-Mannai, Director of the General Department for Development and Innovation of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, general directors and senior officers, in order to inspect the mobile operations room and the smart safe city platform, Safe City, in the presence of Ali Mohsen Al Omari, CEO of Safe City Group.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi affirmed the importance of the efforts made by the watchful eyes in the various departments of Ras Al Khaimah Police General Headquarters to achieve the vision and objectives of the Ministry of Interior, always seeksing to improve the levels of service it provides to all groups and segments of community that aim at securing the safety and property of community members. He calls on the staff of Ras Al Khaimah Police General Headquarters to continue their path of giving, excellence, and serving the nation, citizens and residents, according to the highest international and professional quality standards.
During the visit, His Highness, the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, listened to a detailed explanation of the mechanism of the mobile operations room that is used in the field management of events, saving time and effort, enhancing the communication between all work teams and facilitating the close field follow-up process. His Highness has also reviewed the smart city platform, which will move the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah to another level of security and assurance among the public by installing these platforms in all facilities, streets, roads and markets of the emirate by using the artificial intelligence algorithms, which will contribute to reducing the crime.
"We make every effort to keep the police forces in the emirate the most effective in one of the most secure and prosperous countries, moving forward to the covenant and preserving the confidence of our wise leadership in order to serve the community and preserve its permanent security and stability. His Highness pointed out that the UAE adopts many pioneering security projects that rely on the best technologies in the developed countries through a whole process of modernization and development”, said His Highness.
His Highness expressed his thanks the wise leadership, which is the first and principal supporter of the various police agencies in the country, which become today bright stars in the horizon of progress and prosperity thanks to this support, which includes the qualified and trained human experiences and talents and modern equipment. Moreover, he expressed his appreciation to Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President of the Cabinet, Minister of Interior, who devotes his time and effort to enhance the status of the State's Police, and to His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, for his keenness on joint cooperation and exchange of knowledge and various experiences in the field of security to build the latest international technologies.
At the end of the visit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi honored His Excellency Ali Al Omari Mohsen Al Omari, CEO of Safe City Group, "the Company that develops and implements these projects."
For his part, Major General / Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi appreciated His Highness the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah’s keenness to the permanent and continuous support of Ras Al Khaimah Police General Headquarters, which seek to attract the distinguished police competencies and bring the latest devices and equipment that would preserve the security and safety of the nation and everyone who lives on its land and protect the acquisitions of the Great Union.
His Highness was accompanied during the visit by Sheikh Sultan bin Jamal bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of Citizens Affairs Administration at Emiri Diwan in Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Arhamah bin Saud bin Khalid Al Qasimi, Director of the Media Department of the Office of His Highness the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, and Sheikh Mohammad bin Saud bin Khalid Al Qasimi.
The female officers of Ras Al Khaimah Police confirmed that the Emirati women were able to prove their merit, distinction and excellence in various fields and sectors, including the police field in its various aspects, after the leadership of United Arab Emirates has been keen to make them main partner in the improvement and development process.
“The UAE celebration of the Emirati Women's Day, and allocating a day to celebrate her accomplishments, is a strong evidence of the great confidence of the leadership in the capabilities of the Emirati women, and their competence to succeed and achieve excellence in various aspects and fields,” said Captain Moza Al-Khabouri of Ras Al Khaimah Police.
She stated that the police field is one of the fields that Emirati women have distinguished with their remarkable presence, as women has participated in various specializations that were made available to them to enter the police field along with men. Thanks to the great and unlimited support, they were able to prove their ability and competence in this field.
“UAE has opened the doors before women to exist in various fields of work, including police missions, after the state introduced many specializations in the fields of police work such as specialized studies and field training, and then the women assumed the missions and various practical departments, and this is a clear evidence of their belief in their ability to achieve success,” said First Lieutenant / Abda Al Shehhi of Ras Al Khaimah Police.
She emphasized that allocating a day for the Emirati women during the year is a great indication of the keenness of the wise leadership to continually provide the support to them, to reach the high police ranks that they reached today thanks to her constant endeavors to prove her ability to perseverance in work and development of her various skills.
“Today, Emirati woman is a role model in success, excellence and perseverance, as she has taken advantage of all opportunities available to her to enter different fields of police work and various scientific and professional specializations,” said Senior Assistant / Mervat Al Zaabi at Ras Al Khaimah Police.
She stated that the UAE, since the establishment of the Union by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may he rest in peace, and his brothers, the rulers of the Emirates, has emphasized the importance of women’s role in building the communities, and always bets on their ability to undertake various types of tasks alongside men.
The State emphasized that Emirati women always receive continuous encouragement from the leadership, the first supporter for her, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Childhood and Motherhood (SCMC) and Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, as she always believes in the ability of Emirati women to prove themselves in various fields, and to perform her role dedicatedly, sincerely and distinctively.
“Since the establishment of the Union, the Emirati women have been able to achieve consecutive successes and have been in the forefront, not only at the level of the UAE, but also at the global level. The woman obtained unparalleled support by which she was able to overcome the obstacles and difficulties to reach the high positions,” said Corporal Sheikha Al Zaabi, of Ras Al Khaimah Police. “The UAE has been keen on integrating the Emirati women in various fields of work, including the police field, where the State was able in the beginning to find the specializations for her in various fields to enable her to engage therein and to be able to realize the work entrusted to her, and established the police colleges, and was able to find the fields of work in various aspects and business". Said the policewoman, Zuhur Yusef, of Ras Al Khaimah Police. “Today, the Emirati women participate in the police field along with men in various difficult missions, after she became familiar with the principles and instructions in this field. She is a traffic cop, she leads the patrols, exists in the missions and reports, she is able to carry the weapons, exists at the crime scenes, and in the special forces and missions that require the courage, strength and boldness to carry out the missions in the required and distinct manner, and this is the result of the support provided to her by the wise leadership that believes in her ability to go ahead and create in various fields," said Corporal / Sakina Mohammad, Ras Al Khaimah Police.
She emphasized that the Emirati women, as a result of this great and continuous support, will strive to achieve the success and distinction, to prove to everyone that she possesses a high level of endurance and liability in meeting the directions of the state by involving her in the improvement and development process.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has instructed to exempt some commercial activities that have been affected by the lockdown due to the precautionary measures during the crisis of the Novel Corona virus (Covid-19), in various rates of annual renewal fees, with exemption of these establishments from the resulting violations during the lockdown period.
The latest directives add to His Highness's continuous follow-up to the progress of work in various vital economic sectors, mitigating the economic effects of the Corona crisis, ensuring that the emirate’s economy continues to achieve the best performance rates, and preserving its competitiveness in all areas. The directives of His Highness also support the endeavors of Ras Al Khaimah Government, which aim at ensuring that basic commercial activities throughout the emirate operate at full capacity, in order to ensure the business continuity and provide the services at the highest levels of quality and efficiency to all members of the public, without being affected at all times.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi directed the Department of Economic Development in the emirate to exempt the nurseries from the commercial license renewal fees by 50%, and establishments that were closed because they work in places approved for quarantine by 25%, as well as establishments operating at Ras Al Khaimah Airport, Which do not have branches outside the airport and were closed, by 50% and to benefit from this exemption for one year. His Highness's directive also included exempting all these facilities from any resulting violations during the lockdown period.
Report / Digital Transformation in Ras Al Khaimah Government enhances business continuity
Ras Al Khaimah, September 2nd, WAM, the Heads and Directors of the government departments of Ras Al Khaimah confirmed that the investment in developing and updating the technological infrastructure and digital transformation in the government service sector during the past years has proven its effectiveness in confronting the challenges imposed by Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, especially that the emirate successfully continued to provide its services to customers in various local departments via its electronic and digital platforms, in order to enhance the flexibility and continuity of the business sector in the emirate.
“The Department, under the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Chairman of the Emirate's Judicial Department, possesses a digital transformation strategy with all its services, as it has successfully provided all its judicial and documentary services digitally during the Corona virus pandemic and to date without interruption, which contributed to saving the time and effort for customers and obtaining the service quickly.” said His Excellency Counselor Ahmed Mohammad Al Khatiri, Head of the Courts Department of Ras Al Khaimah to the Emirates News Agency, WAM.
He explained that the Department has completed 34,808 transactions for its customers using the electronic systems since the end of March, which included 25,787 transactions for judicial services, 6,528 transactions for the notary public and 2,493 transactions for the community services.
He also explained that the Department was keen to apply make use of the modern technologies to serve the judicial procedures and distance working, as the Department developed a rapid response plan, which includes all judicial, executive, administrative and technical course of action within the procedures implemented by the courts to minimize the spread of the Corona virus, maintain the safety of employees and customers and keep the continuity of the business efficiently and in high quality.
He pointed out that the courts have provided, under the umbrella of their digital services, a range of services amounting to 280 digital services, with a 92% digital transformation, through which the customers benefited from these services 24/7, through 3 channels: Ras Al Khaimah Government Website, Website of Courts Department, and the mRAk Smart Application, while the number of subscribers to the electronic court services reached 160 lawyers and law firms from all over the country, representing an increase of 13%. The total number of companies and banks subscribing in the services reached 68 companies and banks, representing an increase of 33%, and the total number of subscribers of the parties reached 86, representing an increase of 160% during the Corona virus, indicating the customers’ positive interaction with the digital services.
For his part, Eng. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Sayyah, Director General of the Electronic Government Authority, has revealed that the number of digital transactions completed since the beginning of the Corona virus crisis till now reached about 119,464 electronic transactions through Ras Al Khaimah Government Portal, www.rak.ae, in addition to 3015 smart transactions through mRAK Application, while the number of services provided amounts to 755 electronic services and 108 smart services covering various government departments in Ras Al Khaimah Emirate.
He referred that the Electronic Government Authority has provided all the necessary technical requirements to ensure the continuity of business in the emirate and to meet the customers’ requirements to obtain the required services without the need to visit the government agencies. A new package of services was also added to be transformed from paper to electronic and smart, as the circumstances contributed to increase the number of transferred services, the rate of increase was approximately 50%, in addition to raising awareness among community members to adopt the latest technologies within the framework of the commitment to create an integrated digital community, with all of its members have equal access to technology.
His Excellency Munther bin Shukr Al Zaabi, Director General of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality affirmed that the success of the digital transformation process during the "Corona Virus" crisis was due to the directives of the wise leadership in the emirate and its full support for the digital transformation process which seeks to build administrative experiences and competencies, implement the digital transformation process optimally, and empower, qualify and encourage the employees of the Department to adopt the digital process, which has an impact in raising the efficiency of work and the employee, in addition to achieving the customers’ happiness as well as the continuous modernization and development in the Department's operations and systems, which would speed up the pace of work.
"The Municipality Department provides 206 electronic services through the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah Portal, www.rak.ae. Moreover, 46,940 transactions have been carried out since the launch of the remote application project for all the Department's services, as 139 services were added for remote application in order to minimize the customer’s need to come to the municipality and enable the Municipality customers to follow up their transactions remotely.” he added.
In turn, His Excellency Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Shayeb Al Naqbi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development, indicated that the Department, in line with the business continuity activation plan, launched a new licensing system on last May that includes a package of electronic services through which the customers can complete their transactions from home without the need to attend to the Department, where the number of Electronic Services provided reached 47 electronic services varying from licenses, economic permits and To Whom It May Concern certificates, in addition to the services of the Control and Commercial Protection Department.
Mohammed bin Saud: Emirati women are a model of excellence and distinction
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, affirmed that the Emirati women have received a great attention from the wise leadership of the State, based on the care given and the approach established by the Founder of the State, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may he rest in peace, as the main and first supporter of empowering women to make them a role model for excellence, distinction, giving and sacrifice for achieving the accomplishments in various fields, and contributing to the wheel of development and excellence for serving our nation. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God preserve him, followed his approach to support and empower women locally and globally.
His Highness said that Emirati women were followed by the leadership, and received an increasing and growing attention in various fields and sectors until they became a role model for the world as whole.
His Highness praised the wise vision of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, for her interest, efforts and continuous support for leading the marsh of success of the Emirati woman until she brought her to the utmost levels of excellence and giving at the levels of the family, community, nation and world.
RAKTA launches the second phase of e-hailing service through Careem app
Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority announced the second phase taxi and limos e-hailing service across all major areas in the Emirate.
The launch follows a successful pilot phase of 5o taxis, where the average arrival time for a taxi to the customer has reached under 5 minutes - a number expected to reduce as the taxi fleet now increases to 500 taxis equipped with Careem technology, allowing them to be booked easily and from anywhere, at the touch of a button.
Following the same fare pricing model as regular taxis, and with no surge pricing during peak hours, the service will offer residents an innovative booking model, at an affordable price.
In preparation for the launch of the second phase, each taxi driver has participated in intensive training, with an onboarding program to ensure a high competency with the booking technology, and ongoing training schedule in place for continued development.
This service will provide customers with a smarter way to travel, giving them access to several benefits, including knowing their rides ETA, fare estimate and route upfront, along with their driver’s details.
App booking also enables a host of payment options, with cash, card, or in app payments possible, while riders will automatically collect Reward points for each trip which can be redeemed as ride credits or against partner offers.
H.E. Eng. Esmaeel Hasan Al Blooshi - General Manager of RAKTA, expressed his interest with the launch of the second phase of e-hailing service through Careem application, which comes within the authority's keenness to provide safe, reliable and smart transportation services to citizens, residents and tourists. To achieve the vision of Ras Al Khaimah Government 2030 in all digital transformation services, especially the field of transportation, Including strengthening RAK public transportation infrastructure of the emirate.
Clemence Dutertre, CEO of Hala: ‘We believe in using technology to simplify movement, empowering our riders to travel easily wherever they may need to go. I am happy to see the beautiful progress we have been able to realise in the pilot phase of our launch, with an average customer trip rating of 4.7/5, achieved by working closely with our valued partners at RAKTA to implement a service of the highest quality.
We are excited to be able to announce the second phase of the service, and have the opportunity to serve the people of the unique City, enabling residents to enjoy the affordability of taxi at the touch of a button, from anywhere in the Emirate.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, stressed that the success of the UAE launch of «Misbar Al-Amal» (Hope Probe) to explore the planet of Mars which is just an affirmation to the entire world that our country moves forward in the global race for space exploration with the hands of its nationals. This action comes as a realistic embodiment of the ambition and vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May his soul rest in peace) of space exploration and a new step in the march of getting ready to the next fifty years which will witness the UAE celebration of achieving its centennial goals and taking our country to the top ranks worldwide in various fields. His Highness praised the support and care the UAE is providing under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, "May Allah protect him"; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, "May Allah preserve him” and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and their Highnesses Members of the Federal Supreme Council of the rulers of the Emirates to the UAE youth to enrich them with knowledge, innovation and technology.
His Highness Sheikh Saud Al Qasimi in a memorial snapshot with top-performing high school students (WAM)
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, stressed that education is the main guarantor to maintain achievements and gains, and the basic pillar to continue the march of establishing the State, strengthening its regional and global presence and contributing to build the human civilization.
That came during His Highness’ reception of top-performing high school male and female students of the twelfth grade for the academic year 2019-2020 in Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. At the beginning of the meeting, His Highness congratulated the excellent students and paid tribute to the efforts they have made to achieve success, and said: «I congratulate all of you on this accomplishment and I urge you to be prepared for a new stage of the university life. We need your bright young minds today, more than ever, to enrich our cultural and cognitive development, and promote our effective contribution to build the human civilization».
His Highness added: «We, UAE, count on education for being the main key of sustainable development and on human development for being the most important element in the continuation of the construction process, and the ultimate goal of all government efforts and plans. In view of what we have achieved over the past few years, we can say that we are currently more stable and more determined due to possessing distinctive competencies that are able to continue the achievements and aspirations of the people of the UAE». During the meeting, His Highness, ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, praised the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan «May Allah protect him», His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai «May God preserve him», and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, which put education at the forefront of their priorities and at the top of the overall development plans. This comes out of their awareness of the importance of education and its vital role in strengthening the country's status at the regional and global levels in various fields and at all levels.
His Highness said: «There is no doubt that investment in people is the real investment carried out by the United Arab Emirates since its establishment, which enables us to encounter the current and future challenges, and to keep up with the cognitive progress around us and the accelerating technological developments the world is witnessing in various fields. Today, we are reaping the fruits of what we planted».
At the end of the meeting, His Highness stressed that success and excellence represent the result of many factors, the most important of which are: ongoing support and guidance received by students at home, the good educational level provided by schools, commitment and personal discipline, and the serious and keen desire of students to achieve a distinctive result that satisfies their ambitions and puts them on the right track to do their part to serve their country.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah congratulated this morning the UAE leadership and people on the successful launch of Misbar Al-Amal "Hope Probe". In his statement on the occasion of Misbar Al-Amal launch to the planet of Mars, His Highness Sheikh Al Qasimi congratulated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, "May Allah protect him"; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, "May Allah preserve him” and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and their Highnesses Members of the Federal Supreme Council of the rulers of the Emirates.
His Highness said: “Another giant step for the UAE towards strengthening its distinguished presence in the ranks of the leading countries in the field of space. It is really a source of pride for all of us that the UAE shall be a pioneer in sending the first Arab and Islamic probe to explore Mars and join a list of only nine countries worldwide in this field. It is a qualitative achievement added to the series of successes achieved by our country, among which was sending an Emirati astronaut to the International Space Station." His Highness added: "Today, the UAE is reaping the fruit of long decades of strategic planning, future outlook and systematic investment in harnessing its resources and energies, and caring for the education of its people and encouraging them to gain science, knowledge and skills. Today’s journey is a source of pride, as it embodies a logical development and an evidence of what the UAE’s nationals can achieve within a short period of the Union lifetime."
His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qassimi, member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah continued: “Blessed are the efforts and minds of the UAE’s nationals. They are making the dream of Zayed and the founding fathers come true through entering history from its widest doors. Blessed are their quests in racing their peers from different peoples to create a bright present and establish a better future for our future generations, depending on strong and firm belief in their ability to overcome the challenges and possess the initiative and the decision, and move forward with their ambitions towards new horizons without borders and shall defeat the impossible."
His Highness pointed out that the success of the UAE's launch of Misbar Al-Amal and reaching the Mars planet coincide with the forthcoming of the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Union. This journey of success represents a message to all who aspire for a better future and those who are aware of the importance of science in helping humanity to promote its role towards dedicating the noble values in the cooperation and positive constructive interaction among civilizations which always have shaped the essence of humanity evolution and continuation.
In the conclusion of his statement, His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qassimi, member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah said: "The feelings of immerse joy we are living today in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah reflect the state of all UAE nationals and those who reside on its land who are possessed by the feelings of pride of the UAE and its ability to continue work and achievements and the attainment of its goals in all areas and fields.”
Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority has entered into an agreement with Hala and Careem to provide the first e-hailing service for taxis and limos in the emirate.
His Excellency Engineer Ismail Al Balooshi RAKTA General Manager stated that this initiative reflects RAKTA’s commitment to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah; increasing the level of happiness in the society, through advanced services, excellent hospitality, and seamless transport infrastructure for all citizens, residents and tourists.
Mr Al-Balooshi also stated, “This step comes from the authority’s commitment to uplift the transport sector and ensure the provision of safe, reliable and smart transport services. It is in line with the authority’s strategy of digital and smart transformation, to keep pace with the global transformation standards in the field of urban transport planning - whereby the aim is to facilitate movement of individuals around the city, reducing private car ownership.”
He also added, “The smart booking platform has not only become the most effective tool nowadays to align supply with demand, but also to enable people to smartly and seamlessly travel around the city.”
This service will provide customers with a smarter way to travel, giving them access to several benefits, including knowing their rides ETA, fare estimate and route upfront, along with their driver’s details. App booking also enables a host of payment options, with cash, card, or in app payments possible, while riders will automatically collect Reward points for each trip. Hala rides will offer the most affordable option, with the added benefit of no surge pricing during peak hours.
Clemence Dutertre, CEO of Hala: ''Hala’s purpose is to empower people to move around more easily, leveraging Careem’s best in class technology to deliver amazing experiences. We believe this ambition is shared by the Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority, and City as a whole.
We are therefore proud to announce this important initiative, which signals the first arrival of e-hailing in the Emirate and Hala’s first expansion. We are excited to have the opportunity to now serve the people of this unique City, and call Ras Al Khaimah home.
Hala has been chosen as the trusted mode of transport for so many in Dubai for its high quality standards. The ability to offer Ras Al Khaimah residents the affordability of taxi, alongside the multitude of convenience and safety benefits offered by the Careem app, have ensured true value can be enjoyed by all riders.
Bassel Al Nahlaoui, Managing Director of Careem (Gulf & Pakistan): “Since Careem’s inception, our mission has always been to simplify people’s lives. The technology we’ve been developing over the last 8 years has contributed to providing hundreds of millions of trips and changed the way people move in more than 100 cities in our region.”
He added: “Entering the Ras Al Khaimah market represents a huge cooperation between both public and private sectors, and will allow us to deploy our technology to optimize the infrastructure and provide easy and convenient options for people to travel around seamlessly, in addition to a great customer experience.”
Both Hala and Careem will be launching in a pilot phase in Ras Al Khaimah until the ramp up to a larger fleet of taxis and limos takes place and will be available across the Emirate by mid-August 2020.
The International Rating Agency «Fitch» announced that the sovereign credit rating of Ras Al Khaimah is at the level "A" with a stable outlook to the future, which confirms the success of the Emirate’s trends for more than a decade in this field. The positive rating confirms the Emirate's financial strength, including the strong financial reserves, the low government debt, and the high per capita share of GDP.
The maintenance of rating reflects the stability that RAK enjoys as it indicates the correctness of the procedures adopted by the government and its shrewd leadership. On the other hand, the maintenance of the rating reflects RAK's efforts to continue its growth process, develop its vital sectors, and enhance its relations with international bodies and organizations. These factors provide encouraging and promising environment for investors and the existing companies of the Emirate, and they open to open new horizons for investment in the future.
Ras Al Khaimah government has long been keen on adopting financial hedging policy, which has contributed to the reduction of debt ratio compared to GDP value. This approach was proven effective during the past decade, and government agencies in RAK continued in presenting their efforts to improve the process of data collection, budget preparation, and financial and administrative planning in order to enhance efficiency, transparency, and integrity with the aim to maximize the use of financial resources.
HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, congratulated Ras Al Khaimah Academy graduates of 2020 and urged them to continue in the journey of science and knowledge.
This congratulations came during the speech delivered by His Highness to the students at the unique graduation ceremony in RAK which was held in the presence of Sheikha Amneh bint Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Academy, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Investment and Development Office in Ras Al Khaimah, and in the presence of graduates and their families inside vehicles in a unique initiative that reflects keenness to comply with the procedures of physical distancing. His Highness assured during his speech to graduates that the class of 2020 is very distinguished because they managed to overcome the unexpected obstacles they encountered during the study in the light of the current circumstances.
HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi said: “I believe in your ability to turn the current challenges into opportunities, and I hope that the period of time we go through has inspired and enabled you to learn about the inherent strength within you. This experience which witnessed hard work and self-reliance and discipline, will be the reference on which you will rely to manage your affairs in the future ».
His Highness, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah assured to the graduates that Ras Al Khaimah will be their home at all times, and said: «Thanks to the continuous work that aims at achieving better future for human beings, there will be a growing need for your distinguished talents to lead the way to the future, and His Highness added:“ I want you to always remember that RAK welcomes you and that we feel proud when you come back to it again to contribute in building of its bright future. We need those who enjoy distinguished skills and creative ideas for the continuity of development efforts. ”The graduation ceremony held near Al Hamra International Exhibition and Conference Center witnessed displaying farewell video messages delivered by teachers to graduate students through the giant display, in addition to police parade and a laser show.
Graduates attended the party with their families inside the vehicles in compliance with the physical separation procedures.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has launched a campaign for summer offers of short holidays, which allows visitors of RAK who stay for three nights and more in any four of five-star hotels covered by the offer to benefit from a variety of experiences and valuable advantages during their stay.
RAK is distinguished by the diversity of its accommodation options, including the luxury beach resorts run by the most prominent international brands, family resorts and hotels in the city center and beach hotels which provide complete privacy in case of staying in luxury villas.
As part of its keenness on the health and safety of visitors, the Authority cooperates with its partners in hotel sector to ensure that they fully comply with the directives issued by government and health bodies and the strict standards of physical distancing, so that guests can enjoy their stay with comfort and peace of mind.
In accordance with the directives of H.H Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and the follow-up of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Chairman of the Executive Council, RAK government announced yesterday launching a package of incentive measures and facilities that cover various business sectors in RAK.
Dr. Mohamed Abdul Latif Khalifa, Secretary-General of the Executive Council in RAK said: “We are keen on implementing the shrewd leadership directives that aim at ensuring the provision of all aspects of material and consulting support to the companies located in RAK as part of our permanent commitment to strengthening the existing partnerships between the government and private sectors, which is deemed an essential pillar for developing the economy of UAE and Ras Al Khaimah.
Renewal of licenses
The procedures of RAK Department of Economic Development included extending the period of renewing the commercial licenses to 60 days from the date of their expiry and allowing institutions and companies to work for 24 hours per day and throughout the week for a period of 3 months during this year in the period that comes after the end of COVID-19 crisis. The Department's package of support in this field included providing exemptions from fees imposed on marketing permits for a period of two months during the current year in the event of the end of the crisis. In addition, hotels, resorts and touristic activities shall be exempted from commercial registration fees during the period of closure.
RAK Municipality Department exempted tenants in the Municipality-owned markets from paying rents for a period of 3 months, including barbershops, beauty centers and stores in Nakheel market, and exempted advertising companies from paying rent for a period of three months. In addition, the Department exempted the companies from paying rental documentation premiums.
Environmental Protection and Development Authority in RAK takes part in the incentive measures through a qualitative initiative that aims at exempting all companies from paying the fines due against the environmental violations committed before last March 31, and suggested that companies are to plant a number of trees in consideration of these fines. The number of these trees will be determined according to the value of each fine. These trees will be provided by the Authority.
In addition, the General Resources Authority has issued exemptions from commercial vehicle fees for investors till the beginning of October 2020, in addition to a 50% exemptions for “Hemaya” violations to be paid up to the beginning of October 2020, provided that these violations were committed prior to announcement. Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) has launched a package of incentives with the aim of supporting the companies operating under its umbrella. The number of these companies is more than 15,000 companies. The above incentives included giving exemptions from renewing the commercial licenses for a period of three months, flexible options for payment in installments and full exemption from the amount of insurance on the applications for new residence visas.
The incentives included enhancers for supporting the industrial companies by deducting 50% from license fees, in addition to flexible options for prepayment in installments, full exemption from the amount of insurance on the applications for new residence visas, 25% discount on new residence visas for family members, full exemption from late renewal fines and exemptions from paying the fees of check deferment.
The supporting initiatives of tourism sector include giving exemptions from paying touristic license fees for a period of six months and the fees of "Tourism Dirham" from March to May 2020, and providing full exemption from paying tourism licensing fees for the second and third quarters of the current year, and tourism licensing fines till 30 September 2020.
Moreover, the Authority’s partners in hospitality sector will be able to participate in various exhibitions and promotional tours that will be launched during 2020 and 2021 without any fees. RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry approved exemption of 100% for delay penalties that shall be due against the memberships ended until 30 June 2020. As part of the initiative to support citizen entrepreneurs who benefit from business incubators program, the Chamber decided to exempt them from the rental fees due against the period from April 2020 till December 2020.
In addition, the Chamber approved a 50% exemption for the external exhibitions' permits until the end of 2020, and a 25% exemption for consumer and specialized exhibitions held at the halls of RAK Exhibition Center until the end of 2020.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, emphasized that the 44th anniversary of the Unification Day marks a significant milestone in the journey of our country, especially that it was the true beginning of our march towards developing and modernizing our armed forces across different levels, units and specializations. The process which turned the UAE Army into a well trained and equipped powerful force that leverage the most advanced training systems and military equipment in the world, and that is capable of protecting the UAE's capabilities and providing peace and tranquility to the region and world.
In a statement to the ‘Nation Shield', the UAE's military journal, H.H. praised the continuous development of the armed forces, which was only possible with the great efforts of its officers, warrant officers and soldiers, whom are realizing one achievement after another thanks to the support and attention of the wise leadership.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed explained that the UAE gave the most outstanding examples of supporting brothers everywhere with all its capacity. Moreover, he underscored the sacrifices of our heroes in battlefields, and the efforts they put as part of their mission to protect right and duty, as well as supporting our brothers in Yemen to restore legitimacy and raise the victory flag above its soil.
Ras Al Khaimah Courts (RAK Courts) announced that, since the implementation of the innovative remote litigation system this end of March as part of the ongoing preventive measures to curb Covid-19 pandemic, its Court of Cassation remotely settled 100% of the punitive and personal status lawsuits referred to it in April this year, as well as 98% of the civil and commercial cases via video conferencing technology, whether during the case management hearings or the litigation sessions; thus protecting the safety and health of its employees, customers and the society as a whole.
Ahmed Al Khatri, chairman, RAK Courts, clarified that all the circuits of the Court of Cassation in Ras Al Khaimah have settled 43 out of 45 cases heard in April, while only two cases have been adjourned.
Moreover, Al Khatri emphasized that RAK courts spare no effort to provide all possible facilities to its customers, and pointed out that, “Lawyers and litigants can have remote access to registration services, cases' requests, and exchange of pleadings and documents. They can as well view the case files online. These efforts come in line with our endeavor to instill the concept of the publicity of hearings across all three levels of litigation to provide community members with the opportunity to remotely attend the hearings; thus, remotely completing all legal proceedings across the emirates courts, and emphasizing the department's capabilities to respond to the sensitive global conditions.
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has said that the decision to unify the UAE Armed Forces “represents a milestone in the country’s history, a patriotic occasion and a source of pride for the UAE and its people.”
In a statement to the ‘Nation Shield', the UAE's military journal, marking the 44th anniversary of the UAE Armed Forces’ Unification Day, which is celebrated on May 6th every year, Sheikh Saud said, “We extend our greetings to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and members and officers of our armed forces.”
His Highness said: “The historic decision to unify the armed forces on 6th of May 1976, under one flag and under the supervision and direction of one leadership was a milestone that enhanced the UAE’s pivotal role at the regional and international levels. Furthermore, it was a wise step that reflected the insight and comprehensive approach adopted by our founding fathers in laying the foundations of a modern state capable of protecting its capabilities and providing peace and tranquility to its residents. Since its founding, our armed forces were the nation’s fence and shield and a source of pride and confidence for all the citizens and residents of the UAE. Moreover, the UAE Armed Forces constitutes a key pillar that contributed to consolidating and protecting the union, enhancing its journey and preserving its gains against all those who are inclined to compromising the security
of our beloved homeland.”
“Our armed forces’ patriotic spirit and the values of peace and giving it holds, reflect its noble message. The honorable history of our armed forces is a testament to the UAE's message and its pioneering role in promoting peace and stability at the regional and international levels. The UAE leadership’s belief in the importance of creating a strong army in the past years has resulted in a major qualitative leap, and a continuous development of technical and human qualifications in accordance with the highest standards,” His Highness added.
His Highness then continued: “Thanks to the unlimited support of the leadership, our armed forces have achieved many accomplishments at the regional and global levels, to become today a global exemplary model in terms of efficiency, capabilities and qualifications, as well as and a source of pride for the UAE and its people. Today, our armed forces take part in many noble quests, such as providing humanitarian assistance, resolving conflicts and restoring hope and stability in many regions around the world.”
H.H. Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah noted that the sacrifices of our martyrs will remain present and engraved in the memory of the homeland and its children forever.
His Highness also stressed that the 44th Unification Day is an opportunity to honor these sacrifices and recognize and appreciate their acts of patriotism which played a pivotal role in keeping our national flag held high in the fields of pride and honor.”
Ras Al Khaimah’s healthcare sector has undergone a quantum leap in the past four decades, witnessing a major transformation through the use of the most advanced medical equipment and the upgrading of infrastructure. Thanks to the attention of the UAE Government, Ras Al Khaimah’s healthcare sector is now ranked among the world’s best, according to global indices and international scoring systems.
Healthcare is considered one of the most vital sectors in Ras Al Khaimah and is being continuously developed under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. Moreover, its progress is being driven by the efforts of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, which oversees five government hospitals in the Emirate, namely: Shaam Hospital; Ibrahim bin Hamad Obaidullah Hospital; Ibrahim Obaidullah Hospital for the Elderly; Saqr Hospital; and the new Abdullah bin Omran Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as 16 other primary care centers.
Among the latest and most important medical facilities in Ras Al Khaimah is the Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital, one of the initiatives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. Opened in 2015 under the management of Seoul National University Hospital, South Korea, the facility provides superior treatment services comparable to those provided at the most advanced international therapeutic centers.
In light of the important role qualified and specialized medical talents play in the success of any given healthcare system, the vision of H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi revolved about supporting the sector with a distinguished educational system that boosts a high-end educational curriculum in medicine and health sciences.
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Pursuant to the directives of the wise leadership and in cooperation with the IT team, Ras Al Khaimah Customs Department announced activating the remote work mode for 60 of its employees to preserve the readiness of the system.
The department confirmed that it has provided employees with more than 60 computers equipped with all requirements of remote working allowing them to leverage all programs and authorizations to ensure the continuity of work.
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RAK Courts to use visual communication system during proceedings (WAM)
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Pursuant to the requirements of the current situation in terms of social distancing and with the aim of preserving the individual and community health during the COVID-19 crisis, Ras Al Khaimah Courts Department announced its intention to provide all its judicial and authentication services remotely as of tomorrow, Sunday.
In this regard, Ahmed Mohammed Al Khateri, Chairman of the Courts Department in Ras Al Khaimah, said: “The department offers 193 e-services via the RAK government official website. Clients will be able to leverage these services around the clock without the need to approach the courts. The department provides dedicated packages for lawyers, individuals, corporates and banks. Such packages include services as registration of first instance cases; appellate proceedings; appeals; provisional and special urgency matters; submission and follow-up of judicial requests, execution requests, requisitions and requests of provisional and special urgency matters. The services also include providing enquiry service with regards to all details of cases and implementation issues, as well as payment of trusts, alimonies, estate and quick payment services. Additionally, the courts offer free of subscription e-services.”
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA) announced its intention to launch several initiatives aimed at supporting its partners across hospitality sector during the COVID-19 crisis and developing solid foundations for its future recovery plan.
In a step reflecting the Emirate’s commitment to transparency, enterprise promotion and global community spirit and under the theme “ONE RAK”, RAK TDA shared its comprehensive crisis response plan with all its industry partners, and provided them with short to medium term solutions to mitigate the negative impact of the novel Coronavirus on the tourism sector in Ras Al Khaimah.
Addressing partners and stakeholders via a virtual meeting, CEO Raki Phillips highlighted that the hospitality industry was facing a grave threat from the coronavirus. The UNWTO estimates losses from international visitor spends to be between $30-50 billion globally, while the World Travel and Tourism Council has found up to 50 million jobs have been put at risk
RAKTDA's prompt robust response sees the creation of an internal Stimulus Committee and Steering Stimulus Committee representing the emirate. Led by Raki Phillips and top executives across the hospitality, leisure and development sectors. Initiatives supporting the tourism sector include: a six-month fee exemption on tourism licenses; exemption on “Tourism Dirham” fees as of March until May; full exemption from tourism licensing fees for Q2-Q3, and exemption from tourism licensing fines until September 30. This support will be further enhanced by a dedicated Financial Incentive Package for non-government owned touristic entities, including a budget, midscale and 4-star hotels as well as attractions, golf courses and other tourism establishments, the tourism authority said, adding that in addition to this, hospitality partners will be able to benefit from complimentary participation in a diverse array of exhibitions and roadshows set to take place in 2020 and 2021 within the emirate and abroad.
RAKTDA's move complements 17 government initiatives (10 for individuals and seven for SMEs) announced by the Ministry of Economy, in addition to support by local developers, which includes three-month rental relief for residents and corporations, as well as the deferral of fees. Alongside the tourism initiatives, RAKTDA is focusing on tourism development and boosting the international presence of the Emirate through a suite of destination marketing strategies and reinforced promotion of the established Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions facilities, to revive the travel sector.
“Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority fully understands and shares the concerns of its business partners and guests concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, which is significantly disrupting the global travel and tourism industry. It is imperative that we are transparent in our communications and work together to find solutions to this very challenging situation,” said Phillips during the virtual meeting.
Its four-step road to recovery places initial focus on the domestic market, followed by the GCC and wider Middle East, to then be extended to Asia and Europe. Raki Phillips highlighted the return of the Russian market as a major driver of recovery, especially that it accounted for the largest number of visitors to the emirate in 2019. Conference participants emphasized the importance of scheduled flights as a major source of visitor flow to the emirate. In this regard, Phillips added: “Over time, governments are likely to take the initiative and identify safe and appropriate travel corridors to reactivate the aviation and travel sectors towards destinations that take strict measures to curb the spread of the infection, and those who have succeeded in overcoming this crisis.”
The plan also includes several promotional campaigns, such as the promotion of short holidays campaign, which targets citizens and residents of the UAE and allow guests booking a three-night stay in Ras Al Khaimah to obtain two free tickets for the emirate’s landmarks such as Jais Adventure Peak and Al Suwaidi Pearls Farm. With the aim of enhancing the tourist offers and options offered by the emirate, RAK TDA decided to bring back the free child accommodation and meals offer in order to encourage families to go to the emirate once restrictions are lifted.
As the world continues its efforts to curb the spread of the epidemic that negatively affected the hospitality sector in the Middle East and Africa and decreased occupancy rates in the UAE, Phillips said: “Promising news come from China confirming the country's rapid recovery. Although affected by the virus initially, hotel occupancy rates have returned to nearly 60%. Moreover, 87% of Chinese hotels have now returned to receive their visitors.”
The implementation of the new procedures is scheduled to commence in mid-April, as part of the ongoing efforts made by RAK TDA to emerge from this difficult period in collaboration with its partners.
Saud Al Qasimi receiving Francisco Hernandez
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, yesterday received Francisco Chacón Hernández, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the UAE.
Sheikh Saud welcomed Hernández and wished him luck and success in performing his duties, which have strengthened the strategic ties between the two friendly countries.
During the meeting, both sides discussed several economic, commercial and investment-related topics, with the aim of enhancing their cooperation and exploring opportunities for reinforcing their overall strategic partnership.
Hernández thanked Sheikh Saud for his warm welcome and hospitality while praising the strong strategic ties between the two countries.
The wife of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikha Hana bint Juma Al Majid, ordered the construction of a 1700 sqm celebration platform for the people of the Al Munaei area, located 120 km south of Ras Al Khaimah. The platform will be used to celebrate national, religious, and public events and host local events.
Ali Bin Saeed Al Dahmani, the chief of the area of Al Munaei, affirmed that the new, first-of-its-kind platform, is being constructed due to the instructions and of Sheikha Hana bint Juma Al Majid, to provide the people with a proper site to host the national, religious, and public events.
Al Dahmani noted that The Celebration Platform includes a wide and tiled area to host local people, public and private entities representatives; a flagpole for the UAE flag, a monument for Salem bin Suhail, the first Emirati martyr from Al Munaei area, palm trees and other services.
On behalf of Al Munaei residents, Al Dahmani expressed gratitude and appreciation for Sheikha Hana bint Juma Al Majid, for her generous gesture. This gesture will contribute in meeting the people’s need and supporting the development of remote areas.
The citizens of Al Munaei, Huwaylat and other areas expressed their gratitude to Sheikha Hana bint Juma Al Majid for her keenness to ensure the happiness of the residents.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Thursday received Chairat Sirivat, Consul-General of Thailand to the UAE. Sirivat visited Sheikh Saud following his assuming the position of Thai Consul-General.
Sheikh Saud welcomed Sirivat and wished him luck and success in his duties, which will help reinforce the overall strategic ties between the UAE and Thailand.
He then praised the friendship between the two countries, which will help achieve further progress and prosperity for their peoples.
Sirivat thanked Sheikh Saud for his warm welcome and hospitality and praised the strong strategic ties between the two countries.
His Excellency Ahmed Obaid Al Tunaiji, The General Manager of the Department of Antiquities and Museums, confirmed that the RAK Crafts Festival highlighted key traditional crafts, that were famous in Emirati society, while promoting and supporting craftsmen along the culture and heritage associations. The festival also introduced crafts to new generations to emphasize the importance of protecting and promoting them.
Culture and heritage associations participated in the recently held festival, showcasing various traditional crafts, that reinforce the national identity of the new generation and introduce them to the aspects of life of ancestors.
Nasser Hassan Al-Kass Al Ali, Chairman of the Bin Majid Association for Folklore and Rowing, said: “The association showcased several marine crafts, such as making Al Karakeer and other fishing tools, as well as showing features of diving profession and presenting an exhibition of tools used in fishing and books about this rich tradition, introducing it to new generations.
Khamis Al Saghir, Chairman of Shamal Society for Arts, Folk Heritage and Theater, noted that the showcased key Bedouin traditions, like preparing Arabian coffee starting from roasting the beans, and serving guests using Della, as well as falconry and how to train and attend to the falcons. The society also highlighted best traditional products like the art of Al Sadu and butter making, and making Al Qors meal by ladies, as well as the Yolla dance. The show also included arts from the mountains such as Al Rawah and Al Nadbah, and a heritage exhibition for tools used in such environment especially weapons and potteries.
The festival’s events were held at several locations, including Jazirat Al Hamra Archeological Town, showcasing the challenges faced by the ancestors.
Ras Al Khaimah recorded a hotel occupancy rate of 74% last year. The hotel industry benefited from the overall growth in RAK tourism, with 1.12 million tourists, most of which come from outside the UAE, according to Raki Phillips, CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.
In a press conference held on the occasion of inaugurating the Jais Adventure Peak, Phillips noted that RAK plans to attract 1.2 tourists by the end of this year, as part of a tourism development plan that runs until 2025.
He added: “RAK witnessed a 5% increase in tourists compared to 2018. RAK hotels hosted 1.12 million tourists from around the world, with 61% international tourists and 39% internal tourists.
As part of a 7-year plan, RAK aims to attract 1.2 million tourists this year, 1.5 million tourists by 2021 and 3 million tourists by 2025.
Tourism development projects fall in line with RAK ambitions for this industry. The emirate is planning to add 6,000 new hotel rooms over the next five years, by attracting top international hotel brands, such as Radisson Al Marjan, which will open this year and add around 1,000 rooms,
In addition to Hampton and InterContinental Mina Al Arab.”
Phillips added: “Ras Al Khaimah enjoys an excellent location, which offers great tourist products that combines nature and heritage.”
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, received yesterday, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, at his palace in the Saqr bin Mohammed City. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah was present.
RAK Ruler and Umm Al Qaiwain Ruler exchanged cordial talks on issues related to the homeland and the Emirati people.
The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), Sheikh Ahmed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Public Services Department, Sheikh Saqr bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi and Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Chairman of the Finance Department in Umm Al Qaiwain.
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, stated that the tourism sector is one of the solid foundations of Ras Al Khaimah’s development process. Tourism has helped advance the emirate’s progress, he added, noting that the number of people visiting Ras Al Khaimah has more than doubled from 400,000 to over 1 million over the past seven years.
Sheikh Saud made this statement today during the opening of the Jais Adventure Peak, the UAE’s highest peak, which includes a package of unique tourist attractions, as part of the efforts of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority to continue promoting Jebel Jais.
Sheikh Saud stressed that Ras Al Khaimah’s stature as a promising and fast-growing tourism destination was achieved by careful strategic planning, teamwork, and the concerted efforts and endeavors of authorities. He also highlighted the need to adopt innovative ideas that can support and develop the sector, to diversify the emirate’s tourism portfolio and provide a global product that will enhance its status, after it was recently crowned with the title "The Capital of Gulf Tourism.”
The opening ceremony was attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Public Services Department of Ras Al Khaimah, Raki Phillips, CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, and several of the sector’s leaders and public figures.
Jais Adventure Peak offers a package of unique tourist attractions, including the Jebel Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline according to the Guinness World Records, at a speed of 150 km/h.
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, received the new Ambassador of India to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor.
Sheikh Saud welcomed the ambassador and wished him success in strengthening the strategic relationship between the UAE and India.
The Ras Al Khaimah Ruler also praised the warm ties between the people of both countries and hoped for further prosperity for all.
For his part, Kapoor thanked His Highness Sheikh Saud for the warm welcome and said he was determined to develop a strong partnership between the UAE and India.
The UAE has developed a strong relationship with India across many sectors. In terms of trade, Ras Al Khaimah is home to more than 3,400 Indian companies operating in many fields such as manufacturing, media and information technology. Some of the major Indian companies operating in the emirate include bus and truck manufacturer Ashok Leyland; healthcare company Dabur International; and armoured vehicle maker Mahindra.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Executive Council, chaired today the regular meeting of the Ras Al Khaimah Executive Council, where he reviewed the agenda items related to local-federal partnership, committees’ reports, efforts to empower the legislative system, environmental sustainability projects, and the development of government services and processes.
During the meeting, the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme delivered a presentation on the housing needs outlook for 2040, with a focus on land availability in the future and housing needs across Ras Al Khaimah. The meeting discussed the challenges and the means to tackle them in light of future predictions and anticipated economic, social and demographic variables.
The council commended the efforts made the wise leadership to improve housing services and provide decent living elements for its citizens. The council also highlighted the federal partnership and the efforts made by the local government to support future housing plans and develop the necessary strategies to translate these plans into tangible results on all aspects.
RAK Crown Prince stressed the need to establish a clear vision and an overarching framework, while empowering the government to deal with the housing dossier, from identifying available parcels, to project funding, infrastructure and construction. The council discussed plans to set up a joint task force from Ras Al Khaimah Municipality and the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, while providing logistic support to facilitate communications and enhance collaboration between the two parties towards achieving the objectives.
The meeting also discussed the Economic Committee’s report on transferring commercial contract registration authorities from RAK Courts Department to RAK Department of Economic Development. The council gave directives to set up a team that will be tasked to study the feasibility and identify the best approach in terms of administrative, financial and regulatory aspects.
The council also reviewed the Electronic and Smart Transformation Committee’s report on the process of the digital projects in 2019, covering areas of leadership, strategy, e-connectivity, digital services and operational processes. The council discussed the statistics provided in the report and gave directives to invest in technological systems in order to scale up processes and improve and expand services.
The Electronic Government Authority of Ras Al Khaimah (EGA) announced the completion of 280 projects by the end of 2019, as part of a digital transformation process that started in 2017. EGA services are increasing rapidly due to a package approach, integrated cards, service lines and other ways that helped increase the services up to 330 e-services through Ras Al Khaimah Government Portal and 110 smart services on mRAK app by the end of 2019, in addition to developing 19 systems to interconnect local government entities and with federal entities, such as the Ministry of Interior, Etisalat and the Emirates Identity Authority. This reflects a great strategic planning that is consistent with RAK Vision 2020-30 and the UAE National Agenda under the UAE Vision 2021.
Eng. Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Sayyah, General Manager of EGA said: “By the end of 2019, we achieved 73.8% of the overall digital transformation for all government services that fall under this process. The electronic transformation of the government services included in the program was at 69%, while the smart transformation reached 52%. The attempt to measure the customer happiness regarding the services offered by Ras Al Khaimah Government Portal in 2019, showed 86% on a sample of 17,961 customers. Today, we have 287 digital services, with 28 government entities registered with the e-messaging system “Tarresh”, 18 services available on automated machines and 205 e-services and smart services available for the employees of Ras Al-Khaimah government.
Al Sayyah continued: “EGA managed to achieve significant savings on the process, with 80% of the digital transformation projects executed by EGA programmers and developers, in addition to other internal resources.
EGA launched a series of important initiatives to support the digital transformation process, most importantly the Digital ID initiative, in addition to the Smart Access initiative and more. To further empower the process, we have also prepared a survey that identifies the needs of the customers who use the digital services.”
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud meeting Shamma Al Mazrouei (WAM)
UAE Ras Al Khaimah Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi Federal Youth Authority Shamma Al Mazrui
Ras Al Khaimah (WAM)
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah said that the UAE's wise leadership always focused on youth as a top priority, as they are the foundation of the country and drive continuous innovation and development, calling them “The real treasure and the bright future of the UAE.” HH Sheikh Mohammed said: “UAE is proud of its loyal youth and is supporting them across all fields, as they play a vital role in the development and prosperity of our country.” These remarks came in a meeting held at the Al Dhait Council in Saqr bin Mohammed City, where H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi received Her Excellency Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chairperson of the Federal Youth Authority. The meeting was attended by Saeed Al Nazari, Director General of Federal Youth Authority and the accompanying delegation.
Her Excellency Shamma delivered to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed a detailed presentation on the Authority's projects and initiatives, including various programs offered at the youth centers across the UAE, which serve as incubators for innovation. They discussed topics related to the strategies regarding the youth in the UAE in general and Ras Al Khaimah in particular. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed praised the efforts made by the Authority, which offer an integrated community that unleashes the youth energy, invest in their talents and equip them with the necessary skills to drive the sustainable development in the UAE and contribute to a bright future for next generations, as the youth represent a sustainable source of energy that will turn limitless aspirations into reality. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed said: “UAE has always been a pioneer in focusing on youth and facilitating a favorable environment allowing them to grow across all fields. Both public and private sectors have a joint responsibility to empower youth and provide the necessary support they need.”
For her part, Her Excellency Shamma Al Mazrui said: “The youth are an integral component of the sustainable development process to build the future. They are the most precious capital this country has. They are the present and the future.” The meeting was attended by Sheikh Arhama bin Saud bin Khalid Al Qasimi Director of the Media Department at the Office of the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Khalid Al Qasimi.
His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, confirmed his support to Emirati and resident business owners and individuals who wish to start small or medium businesses in Ras Al Khaimah.
In a visit to RAK Food Carnival, held at Mina Al Arab, which hosts some of the oldest restaurants in the emirate, His Highness said that business owners are an integral part of RAK economy, as they provide diversity- the backbone of tourism development in the region.
During the visit, His Highness toured the carnival activities, and praised the advancements achieved by RAK’s hospitality industry, with some of the participating restaurants dating back to 1950s.
His Highness was briefed on work processes and the success stories realized by these establishments. His Highness thanked the participating restaurants, while stressing their integral role in the emirate’s heritage and culture.
Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi meeting with Samuel Tan (WAM)
Ras Al Khaimah Saud Al Qasimi Saqr Bin Mohammed City Samuel Tan Singapore
Ras Al Khaimah (WAM)
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, received, in his palace in the Saqr bin Mohammed City, Samuel Tan, Ambassador of Singapore to the UAE, who came to greet Sheikh Saud on the conclusion of his appointment. During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Saud highlighted the strong and deep overall ties that bind the UAE and Singapore. His Highness also wished Tan success in his future duties and praised his efforts to enhance the overall cooperation between the two friendly countries.
His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, visited RAK Food Carnival at Mina Al Arab in Ras Al Khaimah. The Carnival brought together some of the oldest restaurants in the emirate.
During the visit, His Highness toured the carnival activities, and praised the advancements achieved by RAK’s hospitality industry, with some of the participating restaurants dating back to 1950s.
His Highness was briefed on work processes and the success stories realized by these establishments. His Highness thanked the participating restaurants, while stressing their integral role in the emirate’s heritage and culture.
His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi said: “we support all Emirati and resident business owners and those who wish to establish their small or medium enterprises, as they are an integral part of RAK economy, as they provide diversity- the backbone of tourism development in the region.”
His Highness also attended a lunch banquet held by Khalifa Saeed Abdullah Al Musaferi to celebrate the wedding of his son Saeed to the daughter of Hassan Humaid Jaber bin Sumait Al Alili His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah congratulated the families and wished them a happy and prosper life. The celebration was attended by several sheikhs and citizens.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, thanked all parties who contributed to the success of the Ras Al Khaimah 2020 New Year's Eve celebrations organized on Marjan Island. The celebrations attracted a wide attendance of local and international visitors.
His Highness praised the cooperation and teamwork spirit that characterized the collaboration between all government and private agencies, teams and volunteers in this exceptional event. Thanks to these efforts, RAK achieved more records and demonstrated its ability to continue its successes across various sectors.
The 2020 New Year's Eve celebration helped consolidate Ras Al Khaimah's status, which was recently dubbed as the 'Gulf Tourism Capital 2020'. The emirate set two Guinness World Records for the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’, thus raising the fireworks records set by the emirate to 5 new records in just three years.
During the 2020 New Year’s celebrations Ras Al Khaimah caught special global attention, setting two new Guinness World Records for “most unmanned aerial vehicles for launching fireworks simultaneously” and “longest firework waterfall” at 3788.86 meters.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors, including tourists from all over the world, witnessed the exceptional 13-minute long fireworks, with live online broadcasting and coverage from major TV networks worldwide.
Further cementing the Emirate’s position as the Gulf Tourism Capital 2020, Ras Al Khaimah set a historical achievement by breaking two new world records, in the presence of official adjudicators from Guinness World Records, increasing the number of world record titles for fireworks shows hosted by the Emirate to five in just three years.
The first record was for the captivating firework display using 173 PyroDrones simultaneously. The fireworks ushered in the New Year by creating a visual ‘2020’ in the sky followed by an elegant chandelier draped with a cascade of pyrotechnic sparks ending with the recreation of Ras Al Khaimah’s monuments
The record for the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’ at 3,788.86 meters trumped the existing one set in Fukuoka, Japan, which was for a length of 3,517.23 meters.
In order to break the record, the size of fireworks used had to beat least 28 cm long and 3 cm in diameter. Furthermore, the fireworks had to be hung across 3788.86 meters length, to insure providing a spectacular show in the end of the New Year's Eve event.
Crowds thronged the main venue of Al Marjan Island, the flagship lifestyle development by Marjan, the master-developer of Ras Al Khaimah, from early in the evening as well as at viewing decks along Al Hamra.
The event included a wide variety of family - friendly activities, such as food trucks and DJ music, tailored to entertain the guests before the start of fireworks shows. For the first time, Ras Al Khaimah also hosted a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner headlined by multi-Platinum singer, songwriter, and fashion icon, Najwa Karam, and celebrity singer Waleed Al Shami.
A spokesperson of the Higher Organizing Committee said: “the New Year’s Eve Gala caught the world’s attention and welcomes hundreds of thousands of attendees.
“The event underlines the vision of Ras Al Khaimah’s leadership to position the emirate as one of the world’s first choices for New Year’s Eve celebrations, by focusing on disseminating the values of peace and happiness and positivity from the UAE to the world”. He added: “In addition to setting two new Guinness World Records for fireworks shows, we are confident that this major event will firmly establish the Emirate’s position as the ideal destination for tourism, retail and entertainment across the region, offering exceptional opportunities for investors to work, live and entertain. I would like to extend my thanks and appreciations to our partners, and to all those who have contributed to the outstanding success of this year's celebrations”.
The fireworks shows and other activities were broadcast on raknye.com for billions of spectators around the globe, in addition to live coverage from major regional and global TV networks.
The great success of New Year’s celebrations in Ras Al Khaimah was the result of close collaboration between many parties, including Marjan company, Ras Al Khaimah Police, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and more.
Celebrations activities are available to watch on www.raknye.com, or on Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office’s social media channels @rakmediaoffice.
In 2019, Ras Al Khaimah's NYE event set two Guinness World Records titles - for the 'Longest chain of fireworks' and for the 'Longest straight line of fireworks'. The 2018 celebration set a new world record for the 'Largest aerial firework shell'.
Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone's (RAKEZ) witnessed a 23% increase in industrial companies in 2019 compared to 2018, reflecting its success in attracting international companies to leverage on the emirate’s position as a gateway to enter the regional markets. RAKEZ hosts an overall of 14500 companies, from big industrial companies, such as cars, iron and cable plants, to commercial and services firms.
Ramy Jallad, Group CEO, said that RAKEZ plays a vital role in driving growth and economic diversification in Ras Al Khaimah, thanks to its national, regional and international investments, which has significantly contributed to the development of major commercial and infrastructure projects within the Emirate, strengthening its progress and further cementing its position on international business scene.
Jallad explained to Al Ittihad that RAKEZ is witnessing diversified investments, led by the trade sector, at 45.5%, followed by services sector at 33.31%, general trading sector at 8.28% and industrial sector at 5.31%, among others. Other businesses vary between media, E-commerce and educational firms from more than 100 countries, and serving over 50 sectors.
He added: “This year, RAKEZ has over 770 industrial companies, compared to 600 companies last year, a 23% increase compared to 2018. The companies represent various sectors, such as automotive, spare parts, plastics, industrial equipment, packaging, F&B, and paper products sectors. The provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure allowed companies to leverage these strong facilities, ultimately improving their business in the zone”.
Jallad also pointed out that RAKEZ consists of three industrial zones across important strategic locations in the Ras Al Khaimah; including Al Ghail Industrial Zone, covering over 28.2 million sqm, and easy access to road network to facilitate transport and shipping; Al Hamra Industrial Zone, spreading over 9.3 million sqm, suitable for light and heavy industries project, located in proximity of Dubai, Sharjah and neighboring emirates; and Al Hulaila Industrial Zone, covering 2.8 million sqm, and providing heavy industrial companies the opportunity to grow and expand, with warehouses that can be customized as per the investors’ needs.
Jallad emphasized that RAKEZ offers the right environment for firms and businesses by adopting a seamless system for license services. Furthermore, RAKEZ provides various types of utilities and facilities to meet the needs of investors and entrepreneurs, including office units, offices, warehouses and land parcels open for development.
In addition, RAKEZ offers one-stop integrated services, with a dedicated E-portal which enables customers to submit and track their requests and transactions, allowing them to easily complete the renewal of business licenses and rental contracts online. Furthermore, RAKEZ offers a wide range business licenses, covering educational, industrial, services, commercial, general trading, E-commerce, media and professional licenses, and more. RAKEZ also released a special package dedicated to businesswomen and signed a number of strategic deals and partnerships with 4 leading UAE banks, which will act as banking partners to provide benefits that are specially designed for RAKEZ’s customers.
Jallad further noted that RAKEZ hosts a number of leading industrial companies, including armored vehicles manufacturer STREIT Group, manufacturer of commercial vehicles and trucks Ashok Leyland, glass manufacturer Saverglass, and Motherson Sumi, one of the biggest manufacturers of automotive wiring harnesses worldwide, among others.
Ashok Leyland plant produces more than 2800 trucks annually, targeting the local market, in addition to GCC and West African markets. The plant holds 72% of the local big buses market (11 meters), 23% of medium buses market (9 meters) and 9% for small buses market.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, President of the Executive Council discussed during his meeting yesterday at the Royal Court with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone's (RAKEZ), several topics related to Ras Al Khaimah Vision 2030.
The meeting, which was attended by Ramy Jallad, CEO of RAKEZ, touched on the important role of RAKEZ in supporting this vision and the initiatives it seeks to launch to realize the Emirate’s strategy.
The Public Services Department, represented by the Waste Disposal & Sewerage Establishment, is showcasing its successful projects during its participation in the 3rd Arab Ministerial Forum on Housing and Urban Development 2019, which will be held in Dubai on October 7-8 with the participation and attendance of more than 20 Arab ministers and a number of officials from the housing sector in the region. The Public Services Department's Waste Disposal & Sewerage Establishment will present the waste disposal network construction project in Batin Al Samr complex, which is being carried out by the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program, the project for developing the main sewage treatment center in Al Falia area, rehabilitating the waste disposal networks in Old Ras Al Khaimah area where the main lines extend for 1.6 km, in addition to connecting houses and buildings to the network, renewing lines, activating lifting stations, and connecting houses in Al Mairid which equals 300 units, rehabilitating the inactive main network across the Emirate, and connecting houses to waste disposal lines to make the network more efficient.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah,
ratified an integrated strategy for scholarships, which provides students form Ras Al Khaimah with a wide variety of scholarships inside the country and abroad in order to supports Emiratisation plans in the Emirate and enabling it to continue realizing successes and achievements.
This comes within the framework of His Highness’ commitment to bolstering the course of development and raising the Emirate’s competitiveness in all fields through developing human resources, sponsoring excellent students and providing them with the means to develop their academic, knowledge, and practical abilities and skills.
In order to carry out the directives of His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah in the optimal manner and in a way that contributes actively to honing the abilities of the human resources in the Emirate, the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence developed the necessary plans for realizing His Highness’ directives, and this was done in cooperation with Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research in order to provide
a diverse package of scholarships and grants for excellent students in all university disciplines.
Dr. Mohamed Abdullatif Khalifa, Secretary General of the Executive Council and Director General of the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence, said the program works to realize the vision of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi that seeks to raise the competitiveness of Ras Al Khaimah in all fields.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, affirmed that Ras Al Khaimah underwent an exceptional journey through which it shifted from relying on pearl hunting and trade to becoming a promising economic destination witnessing constant growth on all levels.
This came during a speech by His Highness at the 2019 Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum, organized by the World Tourism & Travel Council (WTTC) for the first time in the region, in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, held at Al Hamra Convention Center in the Emirate, with the participation of top leaders and experts in the tourism sector in the region and the world.
His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah said that the constant striving for development is the main motivator of Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE in general, in search of a brighter future.
His Highness said “The founding fathers established strong bases for this country when their wills were joined with the utmost sincerity and fidelity to announce the birth of this young state. We at Ras Al Khaimah are constantly striving to realize more successes and achievements to transform ambitions vision to tangible reality.”
About his future vision for the Emirate, His Highness said: “We at Ras Al Khaimah are committed to achieving the highest criteria of sustainability on the economic and social levels to serve the interests of all those who live in the Emirate and the UAE in general. This has prompted us to adopt an integrated methodology that made Ras Al Khaimah one of the most diverse economies in the region. The participation of each single sector does not exceed more than 30% of the Emirate’s GDP. In the tourism sector in particular, Ras Al Khaimah achieved a quantum leap as visitors increased from 400,000 to more than one million within the past seven years."
His Highness said the Emirate's development strategy is based on a firm approach from which it does not deviate, where all the main sectors including tourism, heavy industries and manufacturing, ports, quarries, and free zones defer to a common denominator, which relies in its essence on a number of higher principles, mainly wise governance, independent judiciary, and flexible and advanced legal framework.
His Highness said Ras Al Khaimah has developed an integrated strategy for managing the tourism sector that combines all resources to meet all the needs of investors, in order to ensure that the desired goals of all parties operating in the tourism system are achieved, noting that this ambitious strategy which has been designed based on a large collection of verified data is based entirely on the principles of wise governance and institutional administration.
The 2019 Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum, organized by the World Tourism & Travel Council, witnesses the participation of top leaders and decision makers in the sector, including ministers, senior executives, and experts, who gather to discuss various topics and review developments in the tourism industry in the region via a number of seminars which seek to formulate visions and ideas that can support the tourism industry in all facets.
Among the speakers were Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman and youngest Arab to conquer Mount Everest; Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports; Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; Shaun Vorster, Vice President of Business Integration and Activations at Dubai's Expo 2020; Princess Hayfa Bint Abdullah Al Saud; and Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of the World Tourism & Travel Council and former Tourism Minister of Mexico.
The Electronic Government Authority in Ras Al Khaimah announced that the Smart Happiness Index of Ras Al Khaimah Electronic Government Portal scored 87%. The results included analyzing clients’ feedback on processing of 18,462 transactions during the first half of 2019, out of 349,051 electronic transactions.
Eng. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Sayah, General Manager of the Electronic Government Authority, said: “The launch of the Smart Happiness Index on E-Government Portal comes in line with the National Programme for Happiness and Positivity. The programme includes daily evaluation for the experiences of citizens, residents, and visitors, measuring their satisfaction with E-Government services, in order to further improve the provided services and promote the happiness levels of those who benefit from them.”
The Happiness Indicator is a smart assessment tool designed to monitor and evaluate the Digital Transformation Project, which is one of the most important pillars of the RAK government's strategy, as it seeks to transform to digital all viable government services to digital services by the end of 2020. The RAK E-Government Authority has succeeded in transforming 310 electronic services and 110 smart services. The Authority is committed to using all possible methods of measurements, such as questionnaires or personal interviews with leadership figures, to assess the happiness of all customers including clients and partners regarding its services, particularly in terms of the Digital Transformation Project, technical support services, system development, and digitization of services.
The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah gears up to mark the New Year 2020 with two dazzling firework shows, attempting to enter the Guinness World Records.
Planned to surpass all the record-breaking firework galas hosted by Ras Al Khaimah in the past years, #RAKNYE2020 promises to be a mind-boggling feat, where pyrotechnics, fireworks and laser displays will create a dazzling experience.
The New Year's Eve celebration, for the first time, will feature pyro-drones that will create never-before-seen fireworks starting with the countdown to the beginning of the New Year. The celebrations will also include a special Japanese aerial shell fireworks display. The two new experiences this year attempt to clinch two Guinness World Records.
#RAKNYE2020 will be even more special this year with a range of celebrities - including top performers from the Arab world. Families will be delighted with an added array of activities for young ones at three new locations dedicated to the public and families along the coast opposite Al Marjan Island.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, at his Palace in Saqr bin Mohammed City yesterday, received Navdeep Singh Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE.
His Highness wished the outgoing Ambassador success in his future assignments, praising his role in enhancing the distinguished bilateral relations between the UAE and India during his tenure.
RAK Public Services Department began preparations to celebrate Eid Al Adha, as well as maintenance of Musalas.
Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Al Hammadi, Director General, explained: “The preparations for Eid Al Adha are a part of the Emirati tradition, as people would decorate their areas, and use Fanars for lighting. Today, companies compete to come up with new and innovative decorations for this joyous occasion.”
The department selected 500 lighting decorations to be distributed across the city, according to the Director-General.
He added: “The department decorated 50 locations, including Al Qusaidat, old Ras Al Khaimah, and Al Maarid. All used decorations help conserve energy, and they will not affect traffic.”
The department is also cleaning Musallas and performing maintenance on sound systems to ensure readiness to receive people for Eid prayers.
Beaches in Al Maarid and Al Jazira Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah are becoming an increasingly popular destination for people from all walks of life, given their location near public facilities. Citizen Abdullah Rashid, said: “As heat rises during the summer months RAK provides a beach haven to those seeking to spend quality time with their families and loved ones, and enjoy a vast array of activities, such as swimming and riding jet-skis.”
Given the lower temperature on those beaches they became a popular destination to escape the city, he added.
For his part Mohammed Al Shehhi said that Al Jazira Al Hamra is a highly visited beach, close to various touristic attractions. The location provides several services and facilities, including a big shopping mall, and wide selection of food and beverages outlets catering to every taste. He pointed that people accompany their children to have fun at the beach. He also called on beach-goers to pay attention to their children while on the beach, to avoid any accidents.
Fun activities for the whole family
Mona Al Shehhi said that RAK’s beached offer a variety of activities for visitors, including hobbies, sports, and camping, making them a destination to create unforgettable memories.
Aisha Salem pointed that the beaches in Ras Al Khaimah are a coveted destination for jet-ski riders, Asking riders to avoid areas with families and ride safely to avoid accidents.
Ras Al Khaimah Police is providing 24/7 support to residents and tourists. Brigadier General, Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Humaidi, Director General of Central Operations at RAK Police said that police boats patrol beaches, to ensure safety and provide support. He called upon the public to adhere to the rules and regulations of the beaches they visit.
New business licenses in RAK grew 24% during H1 of 2019, according to RAK Department of Economic Development.
Director-General, Dr. Abdulrahman Al Shayeb Al Naqbi pointed that this increase was joined by other areas of growth, including 6% in license renewal, and 11% drop in license cancellation. He added that the new licenses were 54% business licenses and 45% were occupational licenses.
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, received, in his palace in Saqr bin Mohammed City, Li Xuhang, Consul-General of China in the UAE. During their meeting, Li greeted Sheikh Saud.
Sheikh Saud welcomed Li while wishing him luck and success in performing his duties. The number of Chinese companies registered in Ras Al Khaimah have reached over 300, in various trading, industrial and professional activities. The tourism sector also witnessed growth, as the number of tourists from China reached 4,000 this year, compared to 2,100 last year.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, bid farewell to an Indian worker, Shulakal Kalengal Abu Bakr, who spent 38 years working in H.H. court.
The Ruler paid tribute to Abu Bakr for his efforts and dedication to work, which will be remembered by everyone. H.H. wished Abu Bakr success in his life and a safe return to his family in India
Sheikh Saud that UAE will always be Abu Bakr's second home and he is welcome anytime, and expressed his appreciation of the contributions of all residents in the UAE.
The Indian expat, who started work in 1981, said he was moved by his meeting with the Ruler. "I spent the most beautiful days of my life in the UAE and never felt like an outsider by the people of UAE and its leadership.”
Ras Al Khaimah government authorities racing to develop Jebel Jais. A fast pace competition will turn UAE’s highest mountain into a comprehensive touristic destination, able to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors throughout the year. Led by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), these efforts will promote RAK’s position as the region's fastest growing tourist destination. Aiming to turn RAK into the adventure tourism capital in the Middle East, the vision includes new projects tailored for thrill seekers and those in search for a quiet and relaxed vacation from all ages and nationalities, catering local and international markets.
The new road towards the summit is being developed by all stakeholders in RAK, according to Ahmed Mohammed Al Hammadi, Director General of Public Works and Services Department (PWSD). He described it as a mega project reflecting the vision and support of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah to turn RAK into a hub for thrill seekers.
The 36 km road up to the summit has 16 stops with breathtaking panoramic views of Al Hajar Mountains. The PWSD's new plans include improving the restrooms and provide the stops with garbage bins and metal containers designed to safely discard barbecue fire leftovers, after several fire incidents due to the use of plastic bins instead.
Al Hammadi added: “Special Raqib patrols were launched to promote environment preservation efforts and encourage people to discard waste in designated bins. These environment patrols reduce garbage thrown in the nature. Raqib issued 3,820 fines, out of 9,363 in total across the emirate. The visitors’ commitment contributed to the beautiful scenery of these mountains.”
Al Hammadi explained that the number of visitors to the mountain have increased, requiring better services, including restaurants, as well as infrastructure development across all stopovers, which are equipped with solar power lights. Additionally, Jebel Jais road has the longest retaining wall in the region. The winter waterfalls and the snow-covered white peaks add to the beauty of the views, according to PWSD Director General.
In addition to providing services in the morning, RAK stakeholders are also focusing their efforts on the evenings, when families and camping lovers gather around and stay up late until early morning. “We are doing everything we can to ensure visitors enjoy their time,” says Al Hammadi. Furthermore, special water tanks are dedicated to Jebel Jais to support the restrooms regularly.
National Ambulance CEO, Ahmed Saleh Al Hajeri, explained; “Recently, I met officials from relevant local authorities in Ras Al Khaimah to identify and set up an ambulance center at the summit of Jebel Jais. This would reduce response time to accidents that occur in the area. With big numbers of families, citizens and tourists visiting the mountain, we are witnessing an increase in reports of accidents such as falling on rocks, heat stress and blackouts. Now, we have an ambulance point at the start of the mountain road.”
“Lower mobile network coverage on the road leading to the mountain also hampers the efforts to contact the ambulances on duty. All vehicles are monitored as they transport patients and they use an early alert system to notify emergency departments at hospitals to be ready and provide them with all the information they need on the patient en-route. Last year, we received 127 reports from Jebel Jais,” Al Hajeri added.
“One of the main challenges when responding to Jebel Jais calls is the rugged, mountainous terrain, which slows down our vehicles. The increased numbers of visitors, who drive their own cars and park them in the area, represent another challenge to the National Ambulance efforts to respond and transport patients. However, in extreme and difficult cases, we rely on the Air Ambulance teams from the Air Wing Department at the General Directorate of Security Support, Ministry of Interior or the National Search and Rescue Center. The Air Wing teams were asked to help 9 times last year,” Al Hajeri said.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority continues to expand and improve its services, with new projects that have turned Jebel Jais into a global destination, attracting visitors from local and international markets. Thrill seekers and those looking to spend quiet times can enjoy the stunning natural beauty under the blanket of clouds that touch the mountain tops. These efforts are in line with the RAK Government objective to attract 1.5 million visitors by 2021 and 3 million visitors by 2025.
Jebel Jais projects are leading the way for adventure tourism sector in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE in general. Attracting all kinds of tourists form all ages, these diverse projects strive to empower RAK as the fastest growing tourist destination in the region and turn it into the capital of adventure tourism in the Middle East.
Since its inception in February 2018, Jebel Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline, has become the main attraction on Jebel Jais. Starting at 1680 meters above sea level, adventure lovers will slide down at 150 km/h while enjoying the old historical buildings that lay on the mountains.
Luxury Camp: Wonderful hotel experience at 700 meters above sea level
The luxury Camp on Jebel Jais, which is scheduled to open by 2020, is a unique resort that provides a wonderful hotel experience at 700 meters above sea level, surrounded by the picturesque landscape of Al Hajar Mountains The camp will be open throughout the year, with the area being 10 °C lower that the rest of the country.
the camp will comprise a total of 47 luxury units - 34 deluxe tents, 11 one-bedroom tented suites with a private pool, and 2 two-bedroom tented suites with a private pool - complemented further by state-of-the-art facilities such as a health club, heated pool, spa & wellness center, kids’ play area, fire pit, and a food court.
Furthermore, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy on Jebel Jais, scheduled to open in Q1 2020, will offer participants a wide selection of courses suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. It was designed to attract outdoor adventure enthusiasts, where participants will be exposed to practical and extreme survival techniques necessary to survive some of the toughest terrain in the wilderness. Techniques include how to make a fire in the wilderness, build emergency shelters, remote medical trauma, training on navigation techniques, rock climbing and extreme weather survival.
Viewing Deck Park
The Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park features seven viewing decks complete with binoculars to enjoy superb vistas of the Arabian Gulf and the deep, rocky Al Hajar Mountain valleys.
The visitors can enjoy foods and refreshments from the dedicated food truck zone. The park also will have restroom facilities and on-site parking area.
Since its inception in 2016, Jebel Jais Via Ferrata, which is off in summer, became one of the main tourist attractions in Ras Al Khaimah according to Tripadvisor, attracting thousands of thrill seekers.
With mountain climbing, trekking and hiking experience at 400 feet above sea level, as well as three zip-lines, adventure enthusiasts can enjoy the peaceful mountain views guided by seasoned supervisors. Kids as young as 12 and along with seniors up to 65 years old, who weigh 50 - 100 kg can participate, provided they enjoy a medium to advanced physical fitness.
Built in cooperation with Toroverde, the Adventure Park is now among the latest developments in Jebel Jais. It features a number of adventure venues, such as Climbing and Bull Maze.