About Ras Al Khaimah

About Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates, celebrated for its geographic and cultural richness. With 64km of pristine beaches, vast deserts, and the imposing Jebel Jais—the highest mountain in the UAE—RAK offers a diverse tapestry of landscapes. The emirate's rich history, which spans over 7,000 years, is evident in its numerous archaeological sites, four of which are on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites.

Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Ras Al Khaimah is within four hours’ flying time of one-third of the world’s population, making it an ideal hub for businesses expanding regionally and globally. This central location, coupled with RAK’s robust infrastructure and favorable economic policies, positions the emirate as a compelling destination for commerce. The emirate's economy is one of the most diverse in the region, with no single sector contributing more than 30% of the GDP. This diversification mitigates economic volatility and enhances its economic stability and flexibility.

Ras Al Khaimah's economic resilience is further underscored by its long-standing ‘A’ range ratings by prestigious international agencies such as Fitch and Standard & Poor’s. These ratings reflect the emirate's fiscal health and attractive investment climate.

According to the InterNations Expat City Ranking 2023, the city is recognized as the fourth best global city for expatriates, excelling in quality of life, ease of settling in, and professional opportunities.

In addition to its livability, Ras Al Khaimah offers excellent job satisfaction and career opportunities, significantly enhancing its attractiveness as a residential and professional haven.

The UAE’s safety rankings further bolster the city's appeal. According to the 2024 Numbeo Crime Index, the nation is the second safest country globally, and Ras Al Khaimah is featured among the top six safest cities globally.

The city's economic landscape is characterized by a robust mix of industrial, tourism, and real estate sectors, which drive its continuous growth and development. As Ras Al Khaimah continues to innovate and adapt to meet the evolving needs of its global community, it solidifies its status as a dynamic and welcoming destination for individuals and families from around the world seeking a balanced, fulfilling lifestyle.

Activities in RAK

Here are a few of the many activities you can look forward to in RAK:

  • Jebel Jais Zip Line – at a speed of 150kmph, the world’s longest zipline will take you across deep ravines, canyons, and rough peaks.
  • Suwaide Pearls - celebrate the history of pearl fishing in Ras Al Khaimah.
  • Dhayah Fort - a stunning castle-like structure that is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.
  • Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre - The center is home to beautiful Arabian horses, the rare oryx, swaggering camels, desert foxes, and the shy desert cat.
  • Take an Abra (traditional boat) and explore Ras Al Khaimah Creek.
  • Rak Airventure – enjoy the thrills of a traditional hot air balloon ride and take in the breathtaking views of RAK.
  • Bear Grylls Explorers Camp - equip yourselves with the essential life skills, techniques, and attitudes needed to survive the wilds of the mountains and desert lands by the Bear Grylls instructors
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Pearl Fishing

Are you looking for a sunny getaway? Pack your bag and head towards one of our many beautiful beaches in RAK. Varying from private and public resort beaches, you will find the perfect getaway.

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Shopping in RAK

Looking for a new outfit? Or you may want to watch a movie or have something to eat with your friends. Several major shopping malls in Ras Al Khaimah ensure you don’t miss out on any shopping extravaganzas. Some of the most popular malls in RAK include:

RAK Mall
Al Hamra Mall
Al Hamra Mall
Manar Mall

For more information about Things to Do in RAK, including shopping, visit https://visitrasalkhaimah.com/things-to-do/

With Dubai only a 45-minute drive from RAK, it is easy to take a day trip to this famous destination to satisfy your shopping craving. Famous shopping destinations include Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, Palm Jumeirah Dubai and Marina Mall.

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Mall of Emirates
Dubai Mall
Palm Jumeirah
Dubai Marina Mall

Where AURAK is located?

Located in Ras Al Khaimah, just a short drive from Dubai, AURAK is one of the best universities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is often featured on the list of top US universities and colleges in the region. The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) is a premier institution of higher education, dedicated to providing an exceptional academic experience for students from around the world. 

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2023

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