The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, considered the oldest in the country, is located near the Strait of Hormuz on the eastern tip of the Arabic-speaking world. Scientists and archaeologists have convincingly proved the fact of the origin of early civilizations at the site of Ras Al Khaimah. Its importance as a seaport was well known from the coast of Bombay (now Mumbai), India, to the main commercial ports of East Africa. Ras Al Khaimah is surrounded by the emirates of Sharjah, Umm Al-Qaiwain and Fujairah, and also shares a border with the Sultanate of Oman.
The city of Ras Al Khaimah is the capital of the emirate. It is divided into two main sections: old Ras Al Khaimah on the west side and Al Nahil area on the east, which are connected by a modern bridge. Between them is a bay, where sea ships drop anchors. In the old part of the city, there are residential buildings, schools, educational institutions, as well as areas where archaeological excavations are carried out, ancient forts and clock towers. In the Al Nahil area, there are government offices, schools, hospitals, markets, Exhibition Center, etc.
Those who know this emirate well will readily acknowledge its immense importance in the early history of mankind. In the region of the mountains, objects of material culture and the remains of settlements of ancient people were discovered, reminding us of the deeds of a long time ago. The most interesting attraction that attracts tourists is the conical towers used in the old days to protect the emirate from enemy raids. These towers are today memorial signs reminding us of the glorious historical past of Ras Al Khaimah.