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a VirtualTourist member from Shah Alam

Ras Al Khaimah

Life in Ras Al Khaimah

Hello there,

I'm in Malaysia and most probably will be going to UAE soon. Would really appreciate if anyone could tell me any info on RAK or any members here who like to share their experiences and give me some tips on Ras Al Khaimah?

- Cost of living?
- weather?
- is the city big?
- is there any international schools there?
- are women allowed to work there?
- is it a nice place to stay?
- etc..etc..

3 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Tehran

Hi there,

The Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah

Ras Al-Khaimah is a small Emirate at the northernmost tip of the UAE on the Arabian Gulf. Its area is 170 Sq. Km., equivalent to 2% of UAE’s total area. Its population is 147,000 as of 1996.

The Emirate possesses a diverse geography. It lies next to the Omani Region of Mussandum and the Straits of Hormuz. Its breadth goes into the interior for 128 Kilometres, and its length goes along the coastline 64 for Kilometres. It also has the stark brown Mountains of Hajar, and the fresh and green Islands of Greater Tunub and Lesser Tunub.

The town of Ras Al-Khaimah is divided by the river Khour into two parts, which are connected via a large bridge. The western part of the town is known as Old Ras Al-Khaimah and comprises the National Museum and the government departments. The eastern part of the town is known as Al-Nakheel and comprises the Emir’s office and the commercial companies.

Ras Al Khaimah is rich in archaeological treasures, many of which are housed in the Old Fort. Recent excavations have provided evidence of civilisations up to 5,000 years old. A settlement and tombs dating from the second millennium BC. was found at Shimal. Another tomb dating from the same period was found at Ghalilah.

One important occupation in the Emirate is agriculture, thanks to the natural rainfall. The countryside supports many animals, including goats, cows, sheep, and camels. It also supports many plants, including date palms and olive trees, are supported by the countryside.

Another important occupation is fishing, thanks to over 100 species of fish in the Gulf. Today you can sit on the beach and watch the fishermen mending their nets and their wire mesh fish traps. Or, you can shop for a great variety of fish at the local souq.

All these features make Ras Al Khaimah a fascinating place to visit and explore. Its friendly people look forward to welcoming you soon, wherever you may live.

As you see RAK is not big or developed compare to other Emirates, but still one can manage well. Depends for what you are doing there.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Terrigal

Hi, welcome to VT :-)
Cost of living is impossible to say because it depends what your salary package includes - for example it may include accommodation & health insurance, which are relatively expensive items.
Weather - it's desert, so it's hot and humid, winter is perfect, summer is uncomfortable.
No, it's not a big city but it's growing rapidly.
Yes, there are international schools.
Yes, women are allowed to work.
Yes, in my opinion it's a nice place.
google Ras al Khaimah and you'll get a lot of sites to look at.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Hi, there is a community website for expats living in Ras Al Khaimah. This contains lots of useful information and can be found at

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