While 2021 could be described as the ‘perfect storm’ with the global pandemic taking on new form, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) continued to demonstrate resilience despite global challenges. With the goal to become regional leader in Sustainable Tourism and attracting over 3 million visitors annually by 2030 as part of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Vision 2030, we welcomed 979,806 visitors in 2021, almost reaching pre-pandemic levels with a solid 22% year-over-year growth. This achievement translated into a GDP contribution of AED 892 million to the Emirate’s economy.
As the pandemic continued to reveal growing environmental issues to a world audience, the Tourism Authority worked diligently to develop the “Sustainable Tourism Strategy” in partnership with EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. The strategy set forth a tangible three-year roadmap focused on ecological and cultural preservation alongside sustainable economic growth. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the ‘Sustainability Pledge’ was signed at Global Citizen Forum in December 2021, with government entities, global hospitality brands and tourism wide partners.
At the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the Authority announced half a billion dirhams investment in Emirate-wide tourism with 20 new attractions, including Jais Sledder, the ‘alpine’ toboggan sled ride to Jais Wings Paragliding, Bear Grylls Explorer Camp in addition to a mega beach-front development by Marjan, new world-class hotels, a scallop farm and a fixed Hot Air Balloon viewing platform.
As a growing MICE destination, Ras Al Khaimah successfully hosted international events and conferences, including the Arab Aviation Summit and world-renowned event - Global Citizen Forum - that saw heads of state, A-list Hollywood celebrities and visionaries come together under the theme ‘Future in Motion’.
Looking forward, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority will continue to develop the Emirate’s tourism infrastructure and drive its tourism vision as a world-class destination for travel while creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents.
The government of Ras Al Khaimah established the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) in May 2011.
The Authority is actively developing the Emirate’s tourism infrastructure and establishing Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for leisure and business travellers with the objective of attracting 3 million visitors annually by 2030. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is also placing a strong emphasis on creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents.
Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is known for its rich history, dating back 7,000 years, and diverse landscape, from 64 kilometres of pristine beaches to terracotta deserts and an imposing mountain backdrop.
Ras Al Khaimah is ideally situated at the modern crossroads between Europe and Asia. One-third of the world's population is within four hours of flight duration, making it an ideal location for businesses to expand into the UAE, the Middle East, Africa, and beyond.
The Emirate is home to the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates, Jebel Jais, soaring at an impressive 1,934 metres above sea level and recording temperatures that are 10 degrees Celsius cooler on average than across the other Emirates.
The mountain is also home to the Jais Adventure Park, a gateway to attractions such as the Jais Viewing Deck Park, the Jais Flight, the World’s Longest Zipline, Jais Sky Tour, a series of seven exhilarating ziplines stretching 5km, and Jais Sledder, the region’s longest toboggan ride.
At the Emirate’s economic heart lies several significant companies and sectors. The industrial segment includes RAK Rock and Stevin Rock quarries, RAK Ceramics and Julphar Pharmaceuticals. The Emirate also boasts RAK Ports, RAK Economic Zone, RAKBANK, RAK Gas, RAK Petroleum and the rapidly evolving tourism division. Supporting these industries is a modern infrastructure including state-of-the-art industrial areas, business parks, world-class hotels, facilities, and attractions.
For the past decade, Ras Al Khaimah has been consistently rated ‘A’ by international rating agencies such as Fitch and Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. The Emirate’s Economic Zone already houses over 45,000 multinational companies from over 100 countries representing 50 industry sectors.
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