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Ras al Khaimah Travel Guide

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Ras-al-Khaimah (RAK) is a mysterious, ancient desert abode, endowed with a fascinating history that spans 7,000 years. RAK is one of the UAE’s 7 Emirates, located towards the north, bordering Oman. The words Ras-Al-Khaimah stand for ‘Top of the Tent’ in Arabic, owing to the northern location of the Emirate. RAK is comprised of the city of Ras al Khaimah in the north, a large southern exclave (near Hatta), and several small islands scattered in the Gulf.

Population and Government

RAK’s population is approximately 300,000, with equal percentages of Emiratis and expats. The RAK Creek divides the city into two parts - Old Ras al Khaimah and Nakheel. RAK is ruled by Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi.

Lifestyle and Indigenous Culture

RAK is located only 45 minutes from the UAE’s most glamorous city, Dubai. Still, it’s like the two Emirates are worlds apart. RAK’s quiet mountains, ancient cultural sites, mangroves, beaches, and endless deserts vibrate to a different tune. The people of this Emirate love horses, camels, the desert, simplicity and, contrarily, fast-moving vehicles! RAK works from Sunday to Thursday, with the weekend being Friday and Saturday.RAK’s Arabic and nomadic origins are felt in its folklore, folk dance and music. Each of these represents the aesthetic, social and ethical values of the people. Traditional Arab and Islamic cultural influences infuse all forms of life. RAK offers the truly unforgettable Arabian experience. Sunshine year around, white beaches, plenty of adventures, world class resorts and ancient heritage - more than enough reasons to visit RAK!

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