H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi is the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. His father, Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi appointed him as Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. He became the Ruler of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah on 27 October 2010 after the demise of his father.
How it was named
The name of the emirate literally means the peak of the tent, referring to the Queen of Al Zaba’a who built a tent on top of Shamal mountain. Historically, it was named Julfar.
Ras Al Khaimah is the fourth largest emirate and covers an area of 1684 sq km, which is equal to 3.16% of the total area of the UAE. It shares borders with Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Sharjah in the UAE and also with the Sultanate of Oman to the Southeast. The City of Ras Al Khaimah is the capital of the emirate. A creek divides the city into two parts: the western part known as the old town, Ras Al Khaimah, and the eastern part known as Muairid.
Ras Al Khaimah has been witnessing a wide expansion in its economy marked by the recent establishment of free zone areas, which attracted many foreign investments in different sectors: RAK Free Trade Zone Authority
and RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA).
According to the official portal of Ras Al Khaimah Government, the emirate is estimated to have a total population of 300,000.