Ras Al Khaimah has earned its reputation as a pre-eminent commercial center with an innovative, dynamic and entrepreneurial business culture. 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 Center, hospitals and residential areas housing the majority of the city’s population. A bridge and a network of modern roads link the two parts of the city.
Ras Al Khaimah consists of sandy desert, coastal strips with parts of salt flats, mangroves and mountains. All these areas have different ecosystems, which makes the Emirate a fascinating place.
Apart from cultivated plants, there are three categories of flora in Ras Al Khaimah – the salt loving vegetation, mountains and desert plants which are plentiful after rainfall. The Emirate is also home to a number of mammals, mainly foxes, jerboas or wildcats as well as hundreds of bird species.