One of the most frequently asked questions whenever I interact with clients or candidates is – how I ended up in Ras Al Khaimah? Personally I didn’t know much before relocating from Dubai, and had to do quite a lot of research and comparison on living in RAK. I thought shedding some light on my move could be helpful to reveal the potential of this emirate and highlight several factors that makes it an attractive destination, as well as a perfect base to settle down.
Whether you are considering relocating from overseas, other Emirates, or simply curious to know more about Ras Al Khaimah, I’ve put together a few paragraphs to highlight the most important aspects.
Low cost of living.
Over the years, Ras Al Khaimah has started to gain popularity for its affordable, family-oriented lifestyle. As the emirate has developed its infrastructure, housing options and entertainment, more and more residents are choosing to live in RAK. The cost of living in Ras Al Khaimah is significantly lower than popular emirates such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Business start-ups made easy.
Entrepreneurs and investors from around the world are finding it easier than ever to start a business in Ras Al Khaimah, taking advantage of its skilled workforce, excellent infrastructure, and its strategic location, with one third of the world’s population within four hour’s flying time.
The great thing about Ras Al-Khaimah is that it is a “no tax” emirate, meaning that there is zero corporate income tax, but also zero personal income tax for those working in Ras Al-Khaimah. Additionally, 100% foreign ownership is allowed, which means that it’s a good place to both do business and build your assets. The government has also made it extremely attractive for people who seek to start new companies, and there is no restriction on the maximum number of shareholders you can have.
Employment in Ras Al Khaimah.
Well, I think this is where my role as a HR Recruitment Consultant at Mackenzie Jones comes in handy, I am based in RAK and know the market and the best companies to work for. I am unique as no other consultancy has invested in RAK.
It has been just over four months since David called me to join the team, and offered a unique opportunity, that I could not refuse. This was exactly what I needed, being a mom of two, who is long ago ready to go back to work, but has zero time to look for opportunities, and limited to go back full-time.
That call has changed my life, as not only did I get a chance to work for a top recruitment company in Dubai, without having to relocate anywhere, as well as the opportunity to work remotely. I know, sounds like a dream coming true, right!?
Now that I am actively expanding clients and candidates’ network, focusing on opportunities to support multinational and regional businesses that have facilities in RAK, 70% of the roles I am currently working on are based in Ras Al Khaimah.
RAK is home to more than 38,000 businesses from 100 countries representing over 50 industries, including internationally renowned yet home-grown businesses such as RAK Ceramics, Al Hamra Group, RAK Properties, Julphar Pharmaceuticals, RAKBANK, RAK Rock, RAK Ports etc., to name a few.
Finally, infrastructure and loads to do.
With fast-growing tourism and leisure sectors, Ras Al Khaimah offers its residents and visitors a truly unique experience, from mountains, deserts, and ancient cultural sites … to beaches, mangroves, and excellent entertainment. It offers 64 kilometers of pristine beaches and is home to Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the UAE at 1,934 meters. The Emirate reached over 1 million visitors in 2018 and is on target for 2.9 million in 2025.
After living in RAK for a little over 4 years now, I have fallen in love with the beautiful surroundings, family-friendly lifestyle, no-hustle vibe, relaxed way of life and loads to do around picturesque landscapes, beaches, world-class hotels at a very close proximity. Let alone living within a walking distance to the beach offers a vacation feel to the everyday life, making it special.
So, if you are my candidate from the future and I ever approach you for a job, please make sure you read this! Taking a decision to relocate is never easy, but I’ve been there and know exactly what you are going through. Please feel free to reach out to me for any additional information on job opportunities in RAK or if you need a career advise! Speak soon.
Consultant – Human Resources
Mackenzie Jones Middle East