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Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
(alternatively Ra'sal-Khaymah or Ras el-Kheima; Arabic: رأس الخيمة‎; IPA: [raʔs alˈxajma]) is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
(UAE). The current statehood is the result of the 1909 appanage from Sharjah. Its name could be taken to mean "headland of the small huts", which can be attributed to the indigenous buildings that existed along the coast. The emirate is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman's exclave of Musandam. It covers an area of 1,684 km2 (650 sq mi). The capital city and home of most residents is also called Ras Al Khaimah. The emirate had a population of 210,063 at the 2005 Census, of which 41.82 percent or 87,848 were Emirati citizens. Latest estimates put the total population at between 250,000 and 300,000. Locals accounted for 97,529 in the population estimate for 2010.[1] The city has two main sections, Old Ras Al Khaimah and Nakheel, on either side of a creek. It is served by the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. It consists of a northern part (where the city of Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
is situated), and a large inland exclave in the south (near Hatta), and a few small islands in the Persian Gulf.[2] Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
has the most fertile soil in the country, due to a larger share in rainfall and underground water streams from Omani mountains.[3]


1 History 2 List of rulers 3 Population 4 Towns and settlements 5 Climate 6 Economy

6.1 Industries 6.2 Main economic sectors 6.3 Taxation and companies law

7 Culture

7.1 Community 7.2 Events

8 Infrastructure

8.1 Transportation

9 Landmarks

9.1 Dunes and landforms

10 See also 11 References

History[edit] Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
has been the site of human habitation for several millennia and there are many historical and archaeological sites throughout the emirate - local sources cite 1,000[4] - dating from different time periods, including remnants of the Umm an-Nar Culture (3rd millennium BC).[5] Ancient graves were found in the Emirate
in October 2012.[6] The city was historically known as Julfar. According to Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, current ruler of Sharjah
Emirate, the city of Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
(which before was the capital of the state that is now Sharjah) was historically known as Julfar and was founded by Armenians who escaped Persia during the Mongol invasion.[citation needed] Further, archaeological evidence has demonstrated that the settlement known as Julfar shifted location over time as harbour channels silted up. Excavations of a sizable tell, which revealed remnants of a Sassanid era fortification, indicate that early Julfar was located in the north of Ras Al-Khaimah, not far from other sites of historical/archaeological interest such as 'Sheba's Palace' and the largest Umm an-Nar tombs found on the Arabian Peninsula. Sources say that Julfar was inhabited by the Azd (a branch of the Kahlan tribe) during the eighth and ninth centuries AD, and that the houses of the Azd were built of wood. There is considerable debate locally regarding the 18th-century charge of maritime piracy, attracting the British label 'The Pirate Coast' to the Eastern Gulf before a series of treaties in 1820, 1853 and, in 1892, the Perpetual Maritime Truce led to it being known as the 'Trucial Coast'. In the early 18th century, the Al Qasimi
Al Qasimi
dynasty established itself in Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah
on the Arabian Peninsula, growing to become a significant maritime force with holdings on both the Persian and Arabian coasts. In 1819, a British naval force was sent from Bombay
in order to suppress alleged piracy - actions of the Al Qasimi
Al Qasimi
fleet against British flagged shipping that affected trade routes in the Strait of Hormuz, along the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
coast, and the Indian Ocean.[citation needed] In the Battle of Ras Al Khaimah of 1809, the Al Qasimi
Al Qasimi
fleet was largely destroyed. The British operation continued to Linga on the Persian coast which was, like the Greater and Lesser Tunbs
Greater and Lesser Tunbs
islands, administered by the Al Qasimi. The attack on Ras Al Khaimah resulted in the destruction of the tower of the 16th century Dhayah Fort whose remains can be seen at Rams in northern Ras Al Khaimah. In January 1820, the British imposed the General Maritime Treaty of 1820 signed by Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi
Al Qasimi
who was reinstated by the British in Ras Al Khaimah after the deposition of Hasan Bin Rahma.[7] The treaty stipulated the end of piracy and slavery, and laid the foundation for the British protectorate over the Trucial States
Trucial States
that lasted until December 1971. In 1869, Ras Al Khaimah became fully independent from neighbouring Sharjah. However, from September 1900 to 7 July 1921, it was re-incorporated into Sharjah; the last governor became its next independent ruler. On 10 February 1972,[8] Ras al-Khaimah, under the leadership of Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qasimi, joined the United Arab Emirates. List of rulers[edit] Its rulers were:

1708–1731: Sheikh Rahma Al Qasimi 1731–1749: Sheikh Matar bin Butti Al Qasimi 1749–1777: Sheikh Rashid bin Matar Al Qasimi 1777–1803: Sheikh Saqr bin Rashid Al Qasimi 1803–1808: Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi
Al Qasimi
(died 1866) (1st time) 1808–1814: Sheikh Hasan bin `Ali Al Anezi 1814–1820: Sheikh Hasan bin Rahma. In 1919 shifted capital to Khatt due to British burning. Signed General Maritime Treaty of 1820. 1820–1866: Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi
Al Qasimi
(2nd time). In 1820 shifted capital to Sharjah. 1866 – May 1867: Sheikh Ibrahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi. Ruler of RAK. May 1867 – 14 April 1868: Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi (died 1868). Ruler of RAK. 14 April 1868 – 1869: Sheikh Salim bin Sultan Al Qasimi (18??–1919). Ruler of Sharjah
and RAK. 1869 – August 1900: Sheikh Humayd bin Abdullah Al Qasimi
Al Qasimi
(died 1900). Ruler of RAK. September 1900 – 1909: Currently Unknown 1909 – August 1919: Sheikh Salim bin Sultan Al Qasimi. Governor of RAK, declared independence (against Sharjah) 1912. August 1919 – 10 July 1921: Sheikh Sultan bin Salim Al Qasimi (1891–19??), ruler of de facto independent RAK, who stayed on as the ruler of the British-recognised independent RAK: 10 July 1921 – Feb 1948: Sheikh Sultan bin Salim Al Qasimi 17 July 1948 – 27 October 2010: Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi (1918–2010) 27 October 2010 – current: Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi[9] The appointed heir presumptive is currently Muhammad bin Saud al Qasimi, son of the current Ruler of the Emirate.

Population[edit] See also: Category:Populated places in Ras al-Khaimah. In 1975, the total population of Ras Al Khaimah was 43,845 of which 29,613 were nationals and 14,232 were foreigners. This figure increased to 73,918 (39,148 locals; 34,770 foreigners) in 1980, 96,578 in 1985, 143,334 in 1995, and 210,063 in 2005. The current total population is estimated to be between 250,000 and 300,000 people, nationals and foreigners.[10] Towns and settlements[edit] Important towns, settlements and areas include:

Al Jazirah Al Hamra – an old coastal town with numerous real estate projects and industrial zone Ar-Rams – a coastal town; in the past, a typical fishing and pearl-diving village Khawr Khuwayr – an industrial zone, with the largest port in Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
and numerous companies such as a cement factory Diqdaqah – a village known for agriculture activities Khatt – a village surrounded by mountains, famous for its thermal springs and palm gardens Masafi – a town in the south, on the border with Fujairah; well known for drinking water Huwaylat – a central village in the south

Climate[edit] Ras al-Khaimah's desert climate ( Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
BWh) is hot and arid with very hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature is 18 to 25 °C (64 to 77 °F) in January and 29 to 43 °C (84 to 109 °F) in July. However, temperatures often reach 45 °C in the summer; the highest recorded temperature is 48.8 °C (119.8 °F). The humidity is usually high in the summer months. Rains and thunderstorms occur rarely, and only in winter. Snow has been reported in December 2004, January 2009 and February 2017[11] in the high mountains of Ras al-Khaimah. Temperatures as low as −5 °C (23 °F) have been measured at the peak of Jebel Jais.[12]

Climate data for Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 32.0 (89.6) 33.4 (92.1) 42.2 (108) 42.8 (109) 46.6 (115.9) 48.1 (118.6) 47.8 (118) 47.2 (117) 46.1 (115) 41.6 (106.9) 37.9 (100.2) 32.3 (90.1) 48.1 (118.6)

Average high °C (°F) 24.8 (76.6) 25.9 (78.6) 29.5 (85.1) 35.2 (95.4) 39.3 (102.7) 42.1 (107.8) 42.7 (108.9) 41.9 (107.4) 40.1 (104.2) 36.7 (98.1) 31.4 (88.5) 26.8 (80.2) 34.7 (94.46)

Daily mean °C (°F) 18.3 (64.9) 19.4 (66.9) 22.3 (72.1) 26.8 (80.2) 31.2 (88.2) 33.6 (92.5) 35.5 (95.9) 35.0 (95) 32.2 (90) 28.4 (83.1) 23.5 (74.3) 20.3 (68.5) 27.21 (80.97)

Average low °C (°F) 11.8 (53.2) 12.9 (55.2) 15.5 (59.9) 18.9 (66) 22.6 (72.7) 25.6 (78.1) 28.5 (83.3) 28.6 (83.5) 24.7 (76.5) 20.7 (69.3) 16.6 (61.9) 13.5 (56.3) 19.99 (67.99)

Record low °C (°F) 4.4 (39.9) 4.6 (40.3) 7.6 (45.7) 11.0 (51.8) 15.0 (59) 18.7 (65.7) 22.5 (72.5) 22.4 (72.3) 18.3 (64.9) 11.8 (53.2) 7.3 (45.1) 5.2 (41.4) 4.4 (39.9)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 12.8 (0.504) 35.7 (1.406) 35.0 (1.378) 12.5 (0.492) 2.8 (0.11) 0.0 (0) 0.6 (0.024) 0.3 (0.012) 1.3 (0.051) 6.4 (0.252) 8.0 (0.315) 17.4 (0.685) 132.8 (5.229)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 1.7 3.3 4.7 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.7 2.3 14.3

Average relative humidity (%) 69 66 62 53 46 50 50 53 57 59 62 69 58

Mean monthly sunshine hours 238.7 218.4 238.7 285.0 344.1 327.0 303.0 310.0 300.0 303.8 279.0 235.6 3,383.3

Source: NOAA [13]

Economy[edit] Industries[edit] Not being a producer of oil, Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
has focused on developing its industrial sector. As of 1920, Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
was mining iron ore.[14] Main economic sectors[edit]

Real Estate – numerous residential areas, offices, commercial buildings are constructed in Ras al-Khaimah. Tourism – Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
is becoming a new destination on tourist maps. Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
is home to five star hotels and beach resorts including Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Rotana or Banyan Tree. It has a number of 4 and 3 star accommodations. In September 2010, first water park Ice Land was opened to offer leisure opportunity for both residents and visitors and more new tourism projects are under construction. Building materials – Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
opened the UAE's first cement company in the early 1970s and is now the UAE's largest producer of cement. In the 1980s, the emirate formed Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
Ceramics, which has become one of the world's largest ceramics producers. Manufacturing and High-Tech Industry – In the 1980s, the emirate formed Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar), the Persian Gulf region's first pharmaceuticals company. Falcon Technologies International (FTI) represents high-tech industry and produces optical storage media (CDR,DVDR, BDR). In 2012, Innovative Composite Engineering was established in the Industrial Free-zone to manufacture high end composite products (aerospace, construction parts).[15] Service sector – recently growing sector with its prominent RAK Bank and RAK Insurance companies. Agriculture and Fisheries – in the past, these were the main economy sectors of Ras al-Khaimah. Nowadays they are still significant providing foodstuff not only for the Emirate
but for the whole country.

Taxation and companies law[edit] New legislation and regulations favour international investments. The combination of security and confidentiality is ensured to entrepreneurs. An international company may only have foreign customers and is not liable for paying local taxes. It can open a local bank account, make investments tax-free, and obtain mortgages for investing in UAE assets. Employment visas are available. When approved, this type of company can own property in UAE free-trade zones. No income, sales, or wealth taxes are payable by individuals. No corporate taxes are charged. In addition, there are no exchange controls, no withholding nor import or export taxes. Culture[edit] The UAE culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab culture. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine and lifestyle are very prominent as well. Five times every day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosques which are scattered around the country. Since 2006, the weekend has been Friday-Saturday, as a compromise between Friday's holiness to Muslims and the Western weekend of Saturday-Sunday.[16] It should be noted however that a great majority of the population are non national citizens, coming from India, Pakistan, and a wide range of nations. Community[edit] The majority of mosques are Hanbali, Muwahhid Muslim or Salafi Events[edit]

Participants of RAK Half Marathon 2011.

The annual Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
Half Marathon, first held in 2007, has called the attention of the world's sporting media to the region. The organisers invest much in the IAAF-labeled race in order to attract the world's top athletes, resulting in a world record from Samuel Wanjiru in 2007 and the second fastest run of all-time from Patrick Makau Musyoki in 2009.[17] UAE Awafi Festival – a yearly festival in the Ras al-Khaimah desert, focusing mainly on the Arabic public[clarification needed]. It is a three-week event, held in December or January, the main attraction being a dramatic sand dune race by the strongest 4-wheel drivers of the UAE. There is a heritage village with traditional food and dance, as well as shops for food and souvenirs. There is also a petting zoo and lots of games for children. The entry is free of charge, and many families bring picnics to enjoy whilst watching the cars battling it out over the sand dunes. Terry Fox Run
Terry Fox Run
RAK – a yearly charity run organized in Ras al-Khaimah to support cancer research in the UAE.[18] The first event was organized in 2010 (short movie from 1st RAKTFR event). Participation of this event has grown from hundreds to thousands since its inception. Infrastructure[edit] Transportation[edit]

A trilingual signboard in RAK

Within Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
city, the main mode of transport are metered taxis, with public buses operating on long-haul routes and catering mainly to smaller towns (e.g. Sha`am, Ar-Rams, and Al Jazirah Al Hamra). A local bus service operated by RAK Transport Authority provides infrequent connections between Nakheel, Al Hamra and the airport.[19] Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
is connected to the other emirates by taxis and buses which embark from the Bus Station located at RAK Transport Authority Headquarters near the new Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
Police Headquarters and opposite the Cove Rotana hotel. Three dual-carriageways link Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
with the other emirates and beyond. One follows the coast with beaches on one side and stretches of desert on the other; the other, a new route, runs out towards the airport in the direction of Khatt, Masafi, Fujairah, Dhaid, and eventually Oman. The Emirates Road (E311 Highway) traverses the emirates of Umm Al Quwain, Ajman
(for 60 km (37 mi) of its length) and Sharjah (for 71 km (44 mi) of its length) to finally end up in Dubai (for 87 km (54 mi) of its length). The highway allows journeys from Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
to Dubai
in under 45 minutes. The highway is being extended further till Saqr Port to allow direct flow of traffic from the southern emirates, the extension was scheduled to be completed by 2014. In spring 2013 work on the 32-kilometre (20 mi) RAK Ring Road which will bypass the city and connect the quarries and factories of the north coast with the 311 motorway was held up by a three-month rescue excavation after the discovery of megalithic tombs dating to the Wadi Suq period, from 2000 to 1600 BC.[20] Saqr Port, located in the industrial area of Khawr Khuwayr, is the emirate's main port, providing bulk and container services. It has eight deep-water berths, each 200 m (660 ft) long, is dredged to 12.2 m (40 ft) and has two "ro-ro" ramps plus specialised berths for handling bulk cement and aggregate. Other services include ship-handling, crew changes, and 40,000 m2 (430,000 sq ft) of covered storage, together with a vast open storage area. It is also the closest port in the UAE to Bandar Abbas, Iran, but there is no shipping from Saqr port to Bandar Abbas[clarification needed]. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
offers cargo and passenger services to a variety of destinations covering the Middle East, North & East Africa, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It serves as a hub for low cost carrier Air Arabia. On 17 February 2006, Space Adventures
Space Adventures
announced its plans to develop a $265 million commercial spaceport in Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
for space tourism.[21] This plan has yet to be realized. Landmarks[edit] Notable landmarks in Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah

The National Museum of Ras al-Khaimah: housed in the former palace of the ruling Al Qasimi
Al Qasimi
family, with exhibits on natural history, arts and crafts of previous centuries, and archaeology Dhayah Fort: the only surviving hilltop fort in the UAE[22] Sheba's Palace: ruins of a medieval palace Al Falayah: the former summer residence of the ruling Al Qawasim family Al Jazirah Al Hamra: an abandoned "ghost town" showing the preserved architecture of an early 20th-century pearling port[23] The Old City and Souq: both traditional and modern shops as well as artisans' workshops Bab Al Bahr: Pyramid inspired buildings along Ras Al Khaimah's coastal line Waldorf Astoria - Ras Al Khaimah: The Middle Eastern venture of the legendary Waldorf Astoria of New York. Bu Shaqq tower 25°01′N 55°47′E / 25.017°N 55.783°E / 25.017; 55.783 [24] Al Hayl
Al Hayl
Fort: One of the robust forts that occupies an important strategic location and oversees a vast area, all leading to the road of Fujairah[25]

Dunes and landforms[edit]

Al-Khushaym 25°26′N 55°58′E / 25.433°N 55.967°E / 25.433; 55.967[24] Bani Fasan 23°53′N 52°09′E / 23.883°N 52.150°E / 23.883; 52.150[24] Jabal Jais, on the city's outskirts

See also[edit]

Geography portal Asia portal Middle East portal United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

RAK Airways Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
Free Trade Zone Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
Media Free Zone Al Marjan Island LLC Rak Gateway UAE Awafi Festival


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16th century Portuguese India

 • 1500–1663 Cochim (Kochi)

 • 1501–1663 Cannanore (Kannur)

 • 1502–1658  1659–1661

Quilon (Coulão / Kollam)

 • 1502–1661 Pallipuram (Cochin de Cima)

 • 1507–1657 Negapatam (Nagapatnam)

 • 1510–1961 Goa

 • 1512–1525  1750

Calicut (Kozhikode)

 • 1518–1619 Portuguese Paliacate outpost (Pulicat)

 • 1521–1740 Chaul

  (Portuguese India)

 • 1523–1662 Mylapore

 • 1528–1666

Chittagong (Porto Grande De Bengala)

 • 1531–1571 Chaul

 • 1531–1571 Chalé

 • 1534–1601 Salsette Island

 • 1534–1661 Bombay

 • 1535 Ponnani

 • 1535–1739 Baçaím (Vasai-Virar)

 • 1536–1662 Cranganore (Kodungallur)

 • 1540–1612 Surat

 • 1548–1658 Tuticorin (Thoothukudi)

 • 1559–1961 Daman and Diu

 • 1568–1659 Mangalore

  (Portuguese India)

 • 1579–1632 Hugli

 • 1598–1610 Masulipatnam (Machilipatnam)

1518–1521 Maldives

1518–1658 Portuguese Ceylon
Portuguese Ceylon
(Sri Lanka)

1558–1573 Maldives

17th century Portuguese India

 • 1687–1749 Mylapore

18th century Portuguese India

 • 1779–1954 Dadra and Nagar Haveli

East Asia and Oceania

16th century

1511–1641 Portuguese Malacca
Portuguese Malacca

1512–1621 Maluku [Indonesia]

 • 1522–1575  Ternate

 • 1576–1605  Ambon

 • 1578–1650  Tidore

1512–1665 Makassar

1557–1999 Macau [China]

1580–1586 Nagasaki [Japan]

17th century

1642–1975 Portuguese Timor
Portuguese Timor
(East Timor)1

19th century Portuguese Macau

 • 1864–1999 Coloane

 • 1851–1999 Taipa

 • 1890–1999 Ilha Verde

20th century Portuguese Macau

 • 1938–1941 Lapa and Montanha (Hengqin)

1 1975 is the year of East Timor's Declaration of Independence and subsequent invasion by Indonesia. In 2002, East Timor's independence was fully recognized.

North America & North Atlantic

15th century [Atlantic islands]

1420 Madeira

1432 Azores

16th century [Canada]

1500–1579? Terra Nova (Newfoundland)

1500–1579? Labrador

1516–1579? Nova Scotia

South America & Antilles

16th century

1500–1822 Brazil

 • 1534–1549  Captaincy Colonies of Brazil

 • 1549–1572  Brazil

 • 1572–1578  Bahia

 • 1572–1578  Rio de Janeiro

 • 1578–1607  Brazil

 • 1621–1815  Brazil

1536–1620 Barbados

17th century

1621–1751 Maranhão

1680–1777 Nova Colónia do Sacramento

18th century

1751–1772 Grão-Pará and Maranhão

1772–1775 Grão-Pará and Rio Negro

1772–1775 Maranhão and Piauí

19th century

1808–1822 Cisplatina

1809–1817 Portuguese Guiana (Amapá)

1822 Upper Peru
Upper Peru

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