Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone

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Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ)
Founded 2000
Headquarters Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Area served
Global
Key people

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman

Ramy Jallad, Acting CEO
Products Business Licences, Offices, Warehouses and Land for Development
Website www.rakftz.com

Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) is a special economic zone in Ras Al Khaimah, which is one of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates, along with Abu Dhabi and Dubai. RAK FTZ is around an hour's drive from Dubai. It has investments from more than 8,000 companies in over a hundred countries, representing more than 50 industry sectors.[1] [2]

Overview[edit]

The free zone provides a tax-free environment, 100% foreign ownership, fast-track visas, freedom to source labour and materials globally, and ongoing business support services.[3] RAK FTZ provides these incentives at lower cost than free zones in other emirates.[4][5]

RAK FTZ was established in May 2000 by an Emiri Decree. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi is its chairman.[6]

RAK FTZ has four free zone parks in Ras Al Khaimah – a Business Park for office clients, an Industrial Park for heavy manufacturing, a Technology Park for trading and light manufacturing, and an Academic Zone for educational institutions. It also has representative offices in Turkey, India, and Germany.[1]

RAK FTZ organises the Business Excellence Awards, and ABIYA was awarded the fastest growing company in 2015.

RAK FTZ Parks[edit]

Business Park

The RAK FTZ Business Park consists of five buildings – Business Centres 1 to 4, and the Administration Building. The Business Park is situated in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah’s business district.

Industrial Park

The Industrial Park is located along the Ras Al Khaimah coastal road, approximately 18 km north of Ras Al Khaimah’s city centre, and immediately adjacent to Hulaylah Island. The park is about 6 km from Ras Al Khaimah's Saqr Port, covering an area of 128 hectares. It is developed for heavy industries and warehousing, and also incorporates energy supply. The park’s facilities include on-site employee accommodations, a customs office, an operation supportive services centre, as well as other administrative support and service centres.

Technology Park

Located south of Ras Al Khaimah's city centre, the Technology Park enjoys close proximity to Dubai via Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (E311) and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. Covering an area of 100 hectares, it is located opposite Al Hamra Village and Resort. It is situated in a rapidly expanding area devoted to light industries and automated manufacturing, as well as capital-intensive lifestyle projects.

Academic Zone

The Academic Zone comprises educational organisations that offer academic programmes to the RAK and broader UAE communities. The main cluster of campuses is in Academic Zone 3, which is centrally located in the Al Dhait area. Some educational organisations established under the free zone operate from separate campuses at assigned locations in Ras Al Khaimah.[7]

RAK FTZ International Offices[edit]

India

The RAK FTZ India Office in Mumbai officially began its activities in August 2005, making RAK FTZ the first UAE free zone to have a liaison office in India. Many of RAK FTZ’s clients come from India.

Iran

RAK FTZ Iran office in December 2005. The company was founded in Tehran (asr frasazan persian), located in Shamiran and easily accessible from any location. RAK FTZ United Arabic Emirates with a single interface free trade zone in Iran.

Turkey

RAK FTZ’s Turkey liaison Office was established in December 2007. It is located in Atasehir, on the Asian side of Istanbul, and is easily accessible from any location in Istanbul. RAK FTZ is the only UAE free trade zone with a liaison office in Turkey.

Germany

RAK FTZ’s Germany liaison office was established in April 2008 in response to significant interest in the free zone from the German market. It is located at the MediaPark in Cologne. The office in Germany is the base for RAK FTZ’s activities in central Europe.

RAK FTZ UAE Business and Promotion Centres[edit]

The Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority also has promotion centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Dubai

The RAK FTZ Promotion Centres in Dubai are located in the Boulevard Plaza Tower 2 on Sheikh Zayed Road, and at Festival Tower in Dubai Festival City.

Abu Dhabi

RAK FTZ also has a promotion centre at Abu Dhabi Mall (Abu Dhabi). The office is located on the first floor of the West Tower.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RAK Free Trade Zone Homepage". Rakftz.com. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  2. ^ "Setup a company in RAK Free Trade Zone". 
  3. ^ "RAK FTZ Business Formation". Retrieved 8 Feb 2017. 
  4. ^ "RAK entices companies with low living costs | The National". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  5. ^ "Ras Al Khaimah Charts Its Own Economic Course - Middle East Real Time - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  6. ^ "The RAK Free Zone". Business-Dubai.com. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Swan, Melanie (July 7, 2014). "Pakistani university campus to open in RAK". The National. UAE. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 

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