Ras Al Khaimah Ruler 'proud' of thriving economy and wants to welcome the world

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi said Ras Al Khaimah can become a global success

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - December 02, 2018: HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (C), attends the Federal Supreme Council meeting at the Presidential Palace.

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The Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah has hailed the emirate for being a thriving hub of industry - and a major driving force behind the success of the UAE.

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, said Ras Al Khaimah had embraced the manufacturing sector, growing its own businesses and attracting trade from overseas.

During an interview with CNN, the Supreme Council member said Ras Al Khaimah has become a leading supplier of building materials for countries throughout the Middle East.

''I saw that manufacturing could be really a good start for us. We are very proud that today we have some marvelous industries that are successful like RAK Ceramic and RAK Rock. We have actually managed to attract major companies, especially Indian companies, like Ashok Leyland."

Sheikh Saud said port expansion has been key to growth in the emirate.

"Logistics is a central part to the ongoing revolution; that's why we have embarked on reforming our port. In the past, we used to handle 1.5 million tonnes of cargo, while today we are handling around 70 million tonnes. The efficiency of our port is key to our success.

"Name any port in the Gulf and you will find it's built by Ras Al Khaimah."

The Ruler of Ras Al Khimah said the emirate is flourishing as it is a good place to do business for companies all over the globe.

"We have ease of doing business. I had a meeting with the World Bank recently on the ease of doing business. We went from the 31st position to be now among the 30 top economies on the ease of doing business. However, it is not enough for us; we need more progress."

Sheikh Saud said it is vital that governments are led properly - with everyone held accountable for their actions.

"It's very important for us to make sure our government is well-managed. We ensure that everyone is answerable, everyone is measured by best practices. History is a good tutor for failure and successes."

He said Ras Al Khaimah has much to offer as a tourist destination, from rich heritage to sandy beaches.

"We are in a global village. It takes you a few hours to come from LA, New York or anywhere in the world. We have lovely beaches; sunny weather; and a great typography. Very few places in the world have this combination. There is a great archeology. We have around 5,000 archeological sites available. There is rich history in the emirate."

Sheik Saud said he is eager to unleash the potential of the next generation in order to help the emirate develop on the world stage.

"We're constructing a vision for 2030. I will tell you what I want. I want Ras Al Khaimah to be a global emirate. I want our people to be global citizens. Our duty is to help our kids to reach their best potential. I believe in our young men and women who are our true wealth. We'd like to throw them to the ocean, and allow them to swim - and they will thrive."