The latest port to be opened in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will help boost levels of international trade, while also helping attract tourists to the region, it has been stated.
Back in 2009, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah missed out on the chance to host the Americas Cup due to security concerns.
However, since then officials have been working tirelessly to establish the emirate as an international leisure and business destination, with the newly-revamped Al Jeer Port set to further boost its reputation on the world stage.
In particular, it is hoped that the newly-opened 226-berth marina will enable the emirate to move away from international trade to leisure tourism, the National has reported.
More specifically, it is hoped that the new facilities, which include a dive centre and a range of hotels, will attract high-spending tourists from the West as well as those from the rest of the UAE, while also potentially placing Ras Al Khaimah on the international property investment map.
The emirate is home to around 260,000 people and gets most of its income from industry rather than from oil production.