Ras Al Khaimah
Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority shares the USP of this emirate and the capacity it has for business events
What advantages does Ras al Khaimah offer vis a vis the other emirates?
Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the UAE, is just a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport and one hour from Dubai’s downtown. Along with natural attractions and activities, Ras Al Khaimah boasts a number of ancient archaeological sites, giving visitors a fascinating insight into rich culture. Ras Al Khaimah has successfully leveraged the appeal of its leisure offerings to international business travellers and has now emerged as one of the top destinations in the international marketplace. Tour operators and companies from all industries now prefer Ras Al Khaimah for their corporate events, conferences, advisory board meetings, incentives, product launches and teambuilding events. Ras Al Khaimah has over 5,000 rooms across 41 properties, with more than 3,000 rooms in the pipeline across 12 properties by 2019. Building on the strengths and achievements of 2015, the emirate is attracting more investment into the region due to its unique offering for the visitors.
What is there on offer for Indian MICE operators?
Indian MICE operators can choose what the emirate has to offer based on the need of the group. Business meetings can be held in one of the many meeting rooms of our 5-star and 4-star hotels. The incentive groups can pick some of the best hotels and choose beach and water activities and experience adventure in the mountains and desert or simply soak up the culture and traditions of a few thousand years. With the Al Marjan Tent, Ras Al Khaimah can be a venue for medium size congresses and the smaller ones easily could be facilitated in our lovely hotels. What would Indian business travellers like best about Ras Al Khaimah? Are there special provisions for people with special food preferences such as vegetarians or Jains? Ras Al Khaimah’s strength lies in its versatility and richness of culture. The hotel accommodation ranges from the luxurious and idyllic to the more functional properties. In addition, there are many recreation activities like desert safari, falcon shows,