About RAK Ras Al Khaimah Facts about Ras Al Khaimah


Arabic is the formal language. English is widely used in business



Longitude and latitude:

55° 60 E and 25° 26 N, 

Local Time:

GMT +4


UAE Dirham (AED)


2478 Sq. Km

International code:

+971 (0)7


Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

Airport Code:



In 2015, the population reached 345,000 according to a census estimate by RAK Center for statistics & Studies.


Working Hours:

Office hours for the private sector differ from the public sector, and vary from one department to another. However, most departments approve the following working hours:

Public Sector:

Sunday to Thursday – 7.30 am – 14.30 pm

Private Sector:

Saturday to Thursday – 8.00 am – 13.00 noon & 16.00 pm – 19.30 pm


Public Holidays:

Eid Al Fitr:

1st – 3rd Shawwal 

Eid Al Adha:

9th – 12th Dhu Al Hijjah 

Al Hijra New Year’s Day:

1st Muharram 

National Day:

2nd – 3rd December 

New Year’s Day:

1st January 


Distance from Ras Al Khaimah to the other emirates:

Ras Al Khaimah is connected to the other emirates by an advanced road network, which enhances the trade traffic and domestic tourism, and facilitates the transportation of individuals.

Ras Al Khaimah – Umm al Quwain:

56 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Ajman:

71 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Sharjah:

74 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Dubai:

79 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Abu Dhabi:

275 kms

Ras Al Khaimah – Al Fujairah:

130 kms

Ras Al Khaimah - Khor Fakkan:

123 kms

A Snapshot of Ras Al Khaimah History

Ras Al Khaimah is considered to be the UAE's historical capital because of its ancient history. Forts, castles, and heritage discoveries bear witness to the noble civilizations that once lived on this land. 

Archaeological excavations in Ras Al Khaimah have proved that Ras Al Khaimah's civilization spans over 5,000 years, with populations settling in Ras Al Khaimah several thousands of years ago. Excavations have brought forth many pieces that date back thousands of years and show that Ras Al Khaimah’s ancient history underwent several prosperous periods.

During the Muslim conquests, Ras Al Khaimah, known as Julphar during the Abbasid period (750-1250AD), witnessed many migrations with the Kosh site and Al Hulaila Island flourishing due to the trade roads in the early Islamic centuries. 

Archaeological collections discovered at two sites in the area – ceramics, crockery and Abbasid pottery imported from Iraq and other regions provide an insight into the economy and trade of ancient times. Several expeditions flocked to this area and their archaeological discoveries proved that Julphar was a large inhabited area, known for its broad and thriving trade between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Cultural Heritage of Ras Al Khaimah

The Government of Ras Al Khaimah pays great attention to culture and folk arts in order to maintain the cultural heritage. So we see cultural institutions, heritage associations, and people councils playing their intellectual and cultural roles, especially on occasions. Some of these cultural institutions are the following: Research and Documentation Center, Ras Al Khaimah National Theatre, Ras Al Khaimah branch of the Emirates Writers Union, and Cultural Center. In addition, the most important clubs and cultural and professional associations are the following: Women's Renaissance Association, Teachers' Association, Officers' Club, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Emirates Scout Association, and Ras Al Khaimah Fishermen Cooperative Society.

The most important associations of heritage and folklore are the following: Ras Al Khaimah Folk Art Association, Al Rams Folk Artists & Rowing Society, Ibn Majid Folk Art Society, Al Jazeera Al Hamra Association of Folk Arts, Al Nakheel Society for Arts and Heritage, Shamal Folk Arts and Theatre Society, Al Hoboos ARts Heritage Society, Al Shohooh Cultural & Heritage Association, and Al Mataf Heritage & Marine Folklore Society.

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