The exhibitions’ industry in UAE has become one of the most important industries driving the local economy, reflecting the economic position of UAE. The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has turned to attracting major exhibitions through RAK Exhibition Centre, which has played a vital role in stimulating economic activity and tourism.
The Center extends over a space of (37,400) square meters and is located in Al Nakheel district near the commercial markets. The center was opened in April 1996 and inaugurated by the late Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. The center consists of two showrooms; one with a space of 3600 square meters and the other is 1800 square meters. In addition, there are open spaces of more than (3000) square meters that may be used for different types of displays and entertainment.
Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Center has witnessed considerable development and success since its opening by attracting a number of specialized and consumer exhibitions in addition to festivals on the Center. The Center has become the first forum in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah hosting most important Exhibitions and fairs, such as Real Estate Exhibition and Education, Training and Employment Exhibition. The Centre management was keen on providing all the facilities and services to attract major exhibitors from around the world thorough diversified programs and events.
RAK Book Fair occupied a privileged position amongst fairs and exhibitions organized by Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Centre, playing a vital role to enhance communication between intellectuals and readers and deepen relationship with books. In its previous sessions, the Fair focused on cultural events to become a forum for writers and intellectuals through the culture café which includes many cultural bright names. The displayed books include various topics: religious, educational, legal, health, children’s science and skills development, in addition to books in different languages such as English and Hindi.
The Book Fair includes also many events and venues such as kids’ studio, in addition to culture café including various cultural events such as lectures, courses, poetry recitals, and the signing ceremony of new releases. The Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Center gives special attention to women as it organized several exhibitions specializing in: Women’s World, Fashion, Perfumes, Bride Fair, and Gulf Lady Fair; all witnessing great success. On the other hand, the Exhibition Center showed special interest in launching consumer exhibitions and festivals which are major attractions for the public providing them with all needs under one roof and stimulating trade in the Emirate. RAK Exhibition Center also holds the Ras Al Khaimah Ramadan Festival which features marketing, heritage, health, cultural and religious events, becoming the center and forum of all local events during the month of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha festival annually, in addition to a number of international exhibitions as the Thai Exhibition and the Turkish Products Exhibition.