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H.H. Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi


Population 928,360

Ras Al Khaimah
is the northern most emirate of the UAE. The Ruler since 1948 has been H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qassimi. Ras Al Khaimah's history extends into antiquity. Archeological excavations reveal that a settlement with an advanced civilization that carried on trade with the Indian sub-continent existed in this region.

Later historical records cite that the town of Ras Al Khaimah , then known as Julfar, belonged to early Muslim Caliphs. In the 18th century, after the invasions of the Persians, Portugese and the Dutch, it finally became a part of the Al Qawasim State. It was also once the center of the naval strength of the southern Gulf states. The traditional occupations of this emirate are mainly fishing, trading and agriculture which have been heavily modernized to meet the demands of the UAE's economy. Digdagga, a town close to the main city of Ras Al Khaimah, has a very big modern agricultural farm. Fruits, vegetables, milk, poultry are supplied to the other emirates from here. The sea around Ras Al Khaimah too abounds in tuna fish.

Places of Importance

The present site of Ras Al Khaimah museum was originally a historical fortress of the eighteenth century used a residence for ruling families. The museum exhibits a variety of rare relics and fossils of different historical eras. There are human remnants dating back to 3000 BC and relics of Shamal's human settlements.

Other historical relics include the conical towers located in the coastal strip used for guarding and surveillance. Another famous fortress known as Al Zeba palace is located in a mountain overlooking the graveyards.

The Emirate is also known for it's scenic beauty, high mountains and natural springs of healing hot water at Ain Khat resort. As is the case with the other emirates, the visitor is sure to enjoy the traditional Arabian courtesy and hospitality while in Ras Al Khaimah.

Miscellaneous Information

The mountains have enabled the set up of stone quarries and a cement factory. Also the oilfield of Saleh, has boosted up the revenues of the emirate. Mina Saqr, located next to the town of Ras Al Khaimah, is a deepwater port with heavily utilised bulk handling facilities where major amounts of transhipment takes place. It can handle vessels upto 260 metres long and 11.5 metres maximum draught and is ideal for low cost general cargo and container handling.