The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is nestled in the northernmost reaches of the United Arab Emirates. Also abbreviated as RAK, Ras Al Khaimah’s English name translates to ‘Top of the Tent’, a reference to its geographic location.
While not benefitting from the same oil reserves as much of the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah has made a name for itself through tourism, foreign investments, and its strong and continually improving manufacturing sectors. As foreign investments continue to prime the region for continued growth, RAK Ruler Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi underscores the importance of tourism projects in the area. Let’s take a look at one of the newest major tourism and industrial projects in the region, a USD 147 million hotel in Ras Al Khaimah proper.
The Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island is being developed in Ras Al Khaimah throughout September of 2021. The AED543 million project will feature eight luxurious rooms located on the longest suspended bridge in all of the northern Emirates. The bridge will connect the Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island to the main developments in RAK City.
Abdulla Al Abdooli is Chairman for RAK AMI Hotel and he was quick to praise the move, calling it a future ‘iconic feature’ for the Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island. This statement comes after construction on the bridge has substantially progressed. Abdulla Al Abdooli stresses that the suspended bridge will add value not just to the hotel itself, but to the entire tourism sector of the emirate.
The bridge itself sits at 36 meters long and it will feature eight luxurious and palatial hotel rooms. Four central trusses will support the bridge with each truss installed at a height of 44 meters. The new suspended bridge will become another iconic addition to what the Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island has already proved to be a luxurious retreat, showcasing its own private beach with more than 418 hotel keys on the island.
Marjan Island also features 1,600 five-star hotel keys, including top brands like Hilton Hotels, Rixos Hotels, and even Accor Hotels. Eventually, the RAK Tourism Board wants more than 2,400 hotel and mixed-use developments to end up on the island by 2025 to continue support for the sector. Marjan Island is a completely man-made island that covers more than 2.7 million square meters of land including beautiful white sandy beaches that make for a fantastic vacation getaway. It is easy to see how the suspended bridge will only add to the prestige and views of the area.
While much of the world has been rattled by the Coronavirus pandemic, Ras Al Khaimah continues to do its fair share to progress for life after the virus. With tourism such a vital part of the nation’s interests, it will be important to see Ras Al Khaimah find its footing again in the tourism sector. The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority Board has been a central figure in supporting developments throughout Ras Al Khaimah and His Highness has been particularly focused on supporting its efforts.