The Business End
PERHAPS THE reason for Ras Al Khaimah’s dissimilar evolution to the likes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi is its historical economic influencers. Untouched by the riches that the oil industry has brought its neighbours, the Emirate has instead developed virtue of a more diversified business infrastructure which has more recently incorporated areas of real estate, construction, manufacturing, technology, professional services, finance, agriculture and - of course - tourism.
Capitalising on its growing appeal, the latter sector has bloomed over the past few years across sub-sectors of hospitality, catering, leisure and adventure tours to create a more holistic offering to visitors of all kinds.
Four and five-star hotels have risen in abundance; usually to complement the natural beaches, mountains, oases and sea views to help blend aspects of nature and nurture.
And ultimately, the result is now a tourist destination akin to anything you’d find in the Caribbean or Southern Europe, albeit maintaining the essence of Middle Eastern culture that has become so popular over the past decade.
From an ongoing business perspective, the enhancement of its trade and transport routes have further compounded RAK’s progression; Saqr Port and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport especially bridging the Emirate to the rest of the world from a bulk, cargo, container and passenger perspective to cater for the area’s growing appeal.