The country's fourth largest emirate with a land area of 1,700km², Ras Al Khaimah is a hub of commerce between East and West, not to mention a region that boasts modern infrastructure and a private sector benefiting from substantial government support.
Rightly known for its outstanding natural features, Ras Al Khaimah is blessed with picture-postcard beaches, oil reserves in the south and very fertile soil, while the Al Hajar mountain range cuts through a green expanse of land. It is also at the forefront of modernity thanks to real estate projects and other ambitious undertakings designed to attract investors and businesses.
Ras Al Khaimah's climate is typical of desert and mountain areas, with deserts covering much of its land area and serving as a refuge for gazelles, foxes and bustards moving north during winter. The emirate's mountains provide much cooler temperatures, meanwhile, and are teeming with plants and rare species such as the Arabian leopard.
Ras Al Khaimah is a place where the quality of life is good and where the locals are proud of their culture, making efforts to preserve their traditional customs. The neighbouring islands and the region of Al Rams lying to the north of the emirate are renowned for their excellent fishing, while the hot-water springs of Khat are a popular tourist destination, to the extent that a resort has now been built next to one of them.
Football is the most popular sport in Ras Al Khaimah, and the emirate is home to a long list of clubs. The most celebrated are undoubtedly Al Imarat, founded after the merger of Al Qadsya and Oman, and later Ras Al Khaimah. They won the President's Cup and UAE Super Cup in 2010, earning themselves a tilt at the 2011 AFC Champions League, and have their own stadium, which hosted the final of the 2012 AFC U-19 Championship. Meanwhile, local outfits Al Rams, Al Jazira Al Hamra, Al Taawoun and Masafi currently operate below the top division.