In Pictures: A week in RAK

The pace of life slows during the hot summer months - but it does not stop. Cities, towns and villages across the Emirates still breathe life and over 10 weeks The National's photographers are touring the country to capture and record those lives.

July 12, 2011, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE:

In the sleepy city known simply as RAK, life goes on throughout the warm summer months. Not particularly rich in petrol, RAK has developed itself in other industries, among the most important is meal, more specifically, steel and aluminum. 

Bilal (left) and Mohammed, both from Bangladesh, work from 6 am to 1 pm and then from 3 pm to 8 pm, in this metal workshop. They mold and carve the metal into the ornamental object one can see all around them. Part hard labor, part artisinal craft, the kind of work they do provides much of the backbone for RAK's metal economy.  

Lee Hoagland/The National
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A week in Ras Al-Khaima

In Pictures :A week in Ras Al-Khaima: Photos by Lee Hoagland

Life in RAK

* Lee Hoagland/The National