Posted by Bob Brunskill
Senior government officials from Ras Al Khaimah have held talks with members of the Arab Tourism Organisation (ATO) with a view to boosting the emirate's tourism offering.
Speaking at the meeting, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, was keen to stress the importance of activating tourism cooperation between the emirate and the ATO including promoting joint ventures that could benefit from ATO's expertise.
The projects which came up for discussion included the development of the Arab Village Project, initiatives in aviation and the development of islands in Ras Al Khaimah.
Meanwhile, Dr Bandar bin Fahd Al Fahed, chairman of the ATO, commended Ras Al Khaimah for the "remarkable growth" seen in its tourism sector in recent years, with annual tourist arrivals now touching the half-million mark.
"Ras Al Khaimah has put in place excellent tourism infrastructure including the establishment of several resorts and has many new projects in the pipeline," he said.
"ATO is keen on working together with the emirate's government to achieve their objective of putting RAK on the global and regional tourism map."
The ATO has predicted that tourism arrivals in Ras Al Khaimah will hit 2.5 million in the next few years.