Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al-Khaimah, which translates to “the top of the tent,” is indeed located near the northernmost point of the United Arab Emirates along the Persian Gulf, which resembles a triangular tent top. To the southeast, Ras Al-Khaimah, or RAK as it is commonly abbreviated, shares a border with Oman through the Hajar Mountains. Northwestern RAK borders on the Persian Gulf. Covering 1,700 square kilometers, RAK has a population of around 300,000, with nearly 265,000 living in the city Ras Al-Khaimah.

In most parts of the UAE, expatriates outnumber citizens by as much as eight to one. But in RAK, Emiratis make up at least half the population. The official language is Arabic, though English is widely spoken, particularly in business transactions.

Ras Al-Khaimah may for the moment seem “undiscovered,” but it is not likely to remain that way for very long because of the many varied features within this emirate. It is described as the most scenic of the emirates because of its great variation in landscapes: coastal, agricultural, desert, and mountain. Each of the regions has a different lifestyle among Emiratis. On the plains, farmers grow date-palms. The coastal areas feature pearl divers, fishermen and traders. Bedouin still roam the desert, and there are tribes local to mountainous regions such as the Shihuh and Habus tribes. Though RAK is right in the middle of the emirates when ranked by size, it has a very rich and complex culture due to its geographical diversity.
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