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    Ras Al Khaimah

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    Hotels in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
    Hotels in Ras Al Khaimah are slowly starting to emerge and compliment the availability in other more established UAE Emirates. As more Ras Al Khaimah hotels are built, Cranley intends to become the leading provider of independent free hotel information on Ras Al Khaimah hotels, focussing particularly on the premier hotel market of 5 star hotels and 4 star hotels in Ras Al Khaimah. The Al Hamra Fort hotel was Cranley’s first beach hotel in Ras Al Khaimah to benefit from a full independent hotel review report and several other hotels in Ras Al Khaimah are in the pipeline.
    Background
    Ras Al Khaimah is located at the north end of the coast of the Arabian Gulf and is one of the seven Emirates that form the United Arab Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah is nestled between the Hajjar Mountains on the East and the Arabian Gulf on the West and shares mountainous borders with the Sultanate of Oman. The Emirate has a population of 250,000 and covers 1,680 square kilometres with over 64km of coastline.

    H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has been the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah since 1948. His son, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi was appointed Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler in June 2003. Ras Al Khaimah is rapidly reinventing itself a tourism hub. The Hajjar mountains scraping the clouds at 1,900 meters, the lovely Musandam peninsula, calm blue seas with clean white beaches stretching for over 64km, dramatic desert dunes, timeless cultural legacies and the special warmth of Arab hospitality. All these fuse seamlessly at RAK.

    The city of Ras Al Khaimah, the capital of the Emirate, is divided into two parts by a creek. The western part, known as old Ras Al Khaimah, comprises government departments, educational institutions, shopping malls, hotels as well as residential areas and new construction projects. The eastern part, known as Al Nakheel, houses the Emiri Court, some government departments, markets, Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Centre, hospitals and residential areas housing the majority of the cities population. The two parts of the city are linked by a bridge and a network of modern roads. Archaeological excavations and finds have proved that the history of Ras Al Khaimah dates back to the very immemorial past. It reveals that an advanced civilization that carried on trade existed in this region since 5000 BC.

    Ras Al Khaimah is among the fastest growing tourism destinations in the Arabian Gulf region

    The Ras Al Khaimah Government has aptly called its ambitious Tourism Master Plan: “Ras Al Khaimah -Top of the Emirates. It encompasses the Al Hamra Village project due for completion in early 2007 with 1,350 residential units, four 5 star resort hotels, a marina, an 18 hole championship golf course as well as a first class retail area. The Mina Al Arab Project is another major leisure development, set on a virgin 13 km long coastal strip. It will boast numerous resort hotels, an Arabian Adventures Theme Park, a Thalasso Therapy centre, a marina and an eco friendly hotel in the middle of a nature conservation area where it will be possible to watch many of nature’s wonders like turtles, dolphins, and flamingos on nature trails. A full scale heritage village will be set very close to Mina Al Arab. The Jebel Jais Mountain Resort will be built in the majestic Ras Al Khaimah Mountains. It will offer a landmark 5 star hotel and conference centre, a cable car linking the resort to sea level, luxurious residential units from apartments to small palaces, a snow slope, a climbing and abseiling centre, paragliding facilities, a Falconry centre as well as a recording centre. There are numerous other projects on the anvil, including setting up of desert camps, racing grounds, 5 star hotels in Ras Al Khaimah City and much more.

    Ras Al Khaimah is situated between latitude 25 o and 26 o north, and longitude 55 o and 60 o east , in the tropical zone extending across north Africa and Asia. The regions climatic conditions are influenced by the Indian Ocean. In the summer months of June, July and August the weather is hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 35 o C to 43 o C. Humidity levels range from approximately 40% to 80%. The milder season and winter are from October to May with temperatures ranging from 8 o C and 18 o C. Rainfall occurs mainly in winter with occasional thunderstorms and generally does not exceed 100 millimetres per year.