Ras Al Khaimah developing as next destination

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The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) aims to increase the number of visitors to the region by the end of this year. RAK has been in a fast-track development mode with heavy investments in hotels and resorts.

Some of the major developments include Al Hamra Fort and Beach Resort, Khatt Spring Hotel and Spa, Cove Rotana, Banyan Tree Al Wadi, and Palace Hotel Ras Al Khaimah.

Last year alone about 80,000 people, mostly from UK, Italy, Germany, Scandanavia, Russia and the UAE visited the emirates.

Hilton Worldwide is one of the major players investing in RAK to boost the region as a tourist spot. With the exception of Double Tree by Hilton RAK, all other properties are owned by the government of RAK. Essam Abouda, Hilton’s Vice-President of Operations for Arabian Peninsula and Indian Ocean, stated that the company works closely with the government in promoting different destinations of the region.

Hilton Worldwide entered RAK with Hilton Ras Al Khaimah and Hilton RAK Resort and Spa. They also have two other hotels in the pipeline?Waldorf Astoria RAK scheduled to open in 2012 and Hilton Mina Al Arab scheduled to open in 2013.

The average occupancy of these hotels is about 70%. The occupany is expected to grow by about 10 to 15% in the coming year.

Source: Gulf News

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