About RAK RAS Al Khaimah Facts about Ras Al Khaimah


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Longitude and latitude:

55° 60 E and 25° 26 N, 

Local Time:

GMT +4


UAE Dirham (AED)


2478 Sq. Km

International code:

+971 (0)7


Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

Airport Code:



In 2015, the population reached 345,000 according to a census estimate by RAK Center for statistics & Studies.


Working Hours:

Office hours for the private sector differ from the public sector, and vary from one department to another. However, most departments approve the following working hours:

Public Sector:

Sunday to Thursday – 7.30 am – 14.30 pm

Private Sector:

Saturday to Thursday – 8.00 am – 13.00 noon & 16.00 pm – 19.30 pm


Public Holidays:

Eid Al Fitr:

1st – 3rd Shawwal 

Eid Al Adha:

9th – 12th Dhu Al Hijjah 

Al Hijra New Year’s Day:

1st Muharram 

National Day:

2nd – 3rd December 

New Year’s Day:

1st January 


Distance from Ras Al Khaimah to the other emirates:

Ras Al Khaimah is connected to the other emirates by an advanced road network, which enhances the trade traffic and domestic tourism, and facilitates the transportation of individuals.

Ras Al Khaimah – Umm al Quwain:

56 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Ajman:

71 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Sharjah:

74 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Dubai:

79 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Abu Dhabi:

275 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Al Fujairah:

130 kms

Ras Al Khaimah - Khor Fakkan:

123 kms

A Snapshot of Ras Al Khaimah History

There is evidence of civilization in Ras Al Khaimah some 7,000 years ago, making it one of the longest-settled places on the planet. Around 1,000 separate archaeological sites and antiquities are scattered around the Emirate, testament to its ancient origins. These include Sheba’s Palace (reputed to be the oldest castle in the UAE), the Umm Al Nar tombs (which date back to the Bronze Age) and the Wadi Suq burial sites at Shimal and Seih Al Harf (which date from the period 2000-1600 BC). Its strategic location lent itself to the establishment of commerce with other regions, and evidence exists of trading links with Mesopotamia between 5500 and 3800 BC.

The Haffet (3200-2600 BC), Umm Al Nar (2600-2000 BC) and Wadi Suq (2000-1600 BC) periods have furnished archaeologists with many remnants from these periods, while numerous tombs and grave sites have been excavated and their contents placed on display in the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum. Late Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements have been discovered near Shamal and in Khatt, respectively, while archaeological evidence of the early and later Islamic periods is more plentiful in Ras Al Khaimah than in any of the other emirates. The Abbasid era marked the unification of the Islamic Empire and the expansion of trading links with East Asia. Julfar (as Ras Al Khaimah was then known) was famed as a key commercial center in the Arabian Gulf: pottery, in particular, was a significant export to other countries, and the pottery trade continued to be an important element of the local economy for hundreds of years.

Ras Al Khaimah has a rich seafaring heritage and was the birthplace of the famed Arab navigator Ahmad Ibn Majid (‘The Lion of the Seas’). The Qawasim tribe created one of the strongest fleets ever seen in the region and presided over lands on both sides of the Strait of Hormuz. A treaty signed in 1820 in Ras Al Khaimah by the Qawasim, other tribe rulers and the British brought stability to the seas by establishing the region as a British protectorate; the Perpetual Maritime Truce further cemented this in 1853. Known as the Trucial States, the signatories formed what was the precursor to the UAE, which was formally created on independence from Britain on December 2, 1971 (Ras Al Khaimah joined in early 1972).

(source of this information: RAK media office)

Cultural Heritage of Ras Al Khaimah

The Government of Ras Al Khaimah pays great attention to culture and folk arts in order to maintain the cultural heritage. So we see cultural institutions, heritage associations, and people councils playing their intellectual and cultural roles, especially on occasions. Some of these cultural institutions are the following: Research and Documentation Center, Ras Al Khaimah National Theatre, Ras Al Khaimah branch of the Emirates Writers Union, and Cultural Center. In addition, the most important clubs and cultural and professional associations are the following: Women's Renaissance Association, Teachers' Association, Officers' Club, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Emirates Scout Association, and Ras Al Khaimah Fishermen Cooperative Society.

The most important associations of heritage and folklore are the following: Ras Al Khaimah Folk Art Association, Al Rams Folk Artists & Rowing Society, Ibn Majid Folk Art Society, Al Jazeera Al Hamra Association of Folk Arts, Al Nakheel Society for Arts and Heritage, Shamal Folk Arts and Theatre Society, Al Hoboos ARts Heritage Society, Al Shohooh Cultural & Heritage Association, and Al Mataf Heritage & Marine Folklore Society.

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