Cities and Regions
Ras al-Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is a city in the northernmost emirate of the UAE, and the capital of Ras al-Khaimah emirate. The ruler since 1948 has been Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qassimi.


Archeological excavations reveal that a settlement with an advanced civilization that carried on trade with the Indian subcontinent existed in Ras al-Khaimah. It was under British occupation for a long period in the 19th and 20th C, until independence in 1971. Iran occupied two of its islands, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb,


In 1972 it joined the UAE. Its economy is based on agriculture. It was also once the center of the naval strength of the southern Gulf States. The traditional occupations of this emirate are fishing, trade 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 modern agricultural farm.

It supplies the other emirates with fruits, vegetables, milk, and poultry. The sea around Ras al- Khaimah is rich in tuna fish.
Mina Saqr, a deepwater port located next to the town of Ras al-Khaimah, can accommodate vessels up to 260 meters long and with 11.5 meters maximum draught. The facilities is for transshipping, cargo and container handling.