Healthcare scenario on Ras al-Khaimah


Are you planning to build or restructure or venture in any healthcare venture in Ras al-Khaimah? Looking for information about the major healthcare players in Government, Private diagnostic centers that are available in Ras al-Khaimah? Are you looking to find out which part of the of the city’s is best to venture in or what all facilities are available and what all should be planned for new setup? In this article Hospaccx Healthcare Consultancy has mapped all on major players in terms of medical facilities and healthcare scenario in Ras al-Khaimah.

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Ras al-Khaimah historically known as Julfar, is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its name could be taken to mean “headland of the small huts”, which can be attributed to the indigenous buildings that existed along the coast. The city has two main sections, Old Ras Al Khaimah and Nakheel, on either side of a creek. Ras al-Khaimah has the most fertile soil in the country, due to a larger share in rainfall and underground water streams from Omani mountains.



The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has had an amazing period of economic growth in recent years, due in part to its Free Trade Zone. The ceramics industry has seen steady growth and has been a major factor in the economic development of the emirate. The same is true of manufacturing, with pharmaceuticals playing a large role. Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) is a special economic zone in Ras Al Khaimah. It has investments from more than 12,000 companies in over a hundred countries, representing more than 50 industry sectors. The free zone provides a tax-free environment, 100% foreign ownership, fast-track visas, freedom to source labour and materials globally, and ongoing business support services.

Turning Sand into Money: The Union Cement Company is the second largest cement plant in the UAE, producing 4.8 million tons of cement per year. This has had a major boost to the overall GDP of Ras Al Khaimah, with the company’s net profit in the first six months of 2014 ringing in at USD $16.2 million.

Attracting Tourists with an Oasis: An aggressive effort to boost tourism has been happening in Ras Al Khaimah which was initiated by the current ruler. In 2015, the emirate saw a 12.4 percent increase in tourism than the previous year. Hotels reflected the growth, and with the influx comes capital.

Building materials: In the 1980s, the emirate formed Ras al-Khaimah Ceramics, which has become one of the world’s largest ceramics producers.

Manufacturing and High-Tech Industry: Falcon Technologies International (FTI) represents high-tech industry and produces optical storage media (CDR, DVDR, BDR). In 2012, Innovative Composite Engineering was established in the Industrial Free-zone to manufacture high end composite products (aerospace, construction parts).

Agriculture and Fisheries: in the past, these were the main economy sectors of Ras al-Khaimah. Nowadays they are still significant providing foodstuff not only for the Emirate but for the whole country.


Ras Al Khaimah International Airport offers cargo and passenger services to a variety of destinations covering the Middle East, North & East Africa, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. RAK Airport has direct flights to the major metro cities of India.

Major Corporates in RAK

Healthcare System of Ras al-Khaimah

Over the past ten years, the economy of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has grown rapidly, and areas of public health are following suit in terms of expansion. Unlike Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which have independent bodies (DHA and HAAD respectively) administering public health care, Ras Al Khaimah’s public health care system falls under the management of the Federal Ministry of Health. Since 2010, three new government hospitals have been built in the emirate (Sheikh Khalifa Hospital, Al Nakheel Hospital, and Abdullah Rashid Omran Hospital in Humraniya). In addition to this, recent years have seen the set-up of small mobile medical units to cater to patients in remote areas of the emirate. The emirate offered 520 beds in 2013. RAK also offers 18 PHCs & 89 clinics located across the Emirate.

Government hospitals are open to holders of government health cards and to non-card-holders for emergencies only. Government hospital services are offered free of charge to Emirati citizens with government-issued health cards, while expatriate residents are charged nominal, subsidized rates for consultations and treatments. With the opening of RAK Hospital in 2007, private health services have become increasingly popular in the emirate, despite the fact that Emirati patients are entitled to free health care at any public hospital. The number of admissions at private facilities increased by 74% between 2009 and 2013 and rose by 19.3% between 2012 and 2013 alone.

Top 5 causes of Mortality in RAK/UAE

  1. Cardiovascular diseases 28.69%
  2. Accidental injuries 15%
  3. Cancer 8.6%
  4. Congenital anomalies 4.68%
  5. Diabetes Mellitus 3%

Healthcare Personnel in RAK

Major Medical Colleges in RAK

Public Hospitals in RAK 

1.Sheikh Saqr Hospital – 278 Beds

It is the main governmental hospital in the Emirate, and it is a surgical hospital for Ras Al Khaimah. It is open 24 hours for health cardholders and emergencies. Saqr Hospital is the largest, with 278 beds, the greatest share of which, 46, are devoted to postnatal care. The next-largest divisions are pediatric care, surgery and orthopedics with 30, 27 and 27 beds, respectively.

2.Sheikh Khalifa Super Specialty Hospital (SKSH) – 246 Beds

SKSH has open six general Wards: three male wards, two female wards and a VIP ward. Additional wards include two ICU’s: Cardiac ICU with 10 beds and Medical ICU with 10 beds. The Operating Theatre has 10 sophisticatedly designed, spacious operating rooms as well as a 49 beds postoperative recovery unit.

3.Ebrahim bin Hamad Hospital – 151 Beds

(previously known as Saif bin Ghobash Hospital) has 151 beds, with 69 devoted to standard medical hospitalization, 34 for psychiatry purposes and 20 dedicated to the treatment of infectious diseases. The hospital had 32 doctors and 182 nurses on staff in 2010.

4.Obaidullah Elderly Hospital – 126 Beds

The hospital is the first of its kind to address the medical issues of the elderly and rehabilitate them in the UAE. Obaid Allah Geriatric Hospital has two storeys and its capacity can be increased in the future depending on the needs of the emirate.

The third-largest public hospital, Obaidallah Hospital, holds 86 beds and had three doctors and 27 nurses in 2010. Shaam Hospital, the smallest of the four government hospitals, has separate male and female wards with a total of 67 beds, and in 2010 the facility employed 14 doctors and 40 nurses.

Private Hospitals in RAK

1.RAK Hospital – 65 Beds

It is a multi-specialty hospital located in RAK, United Arab Emirates. In late 2007, a leading Swiss healthcare group, Sonnenhof Swiss Health, opened RAK Hospital. The multi-specialty healthcare facility, a joint venture between the Government and Dubai’s ETA Star, is fully accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI).

2.RAK Eye Care Centre

RAK Eye Care Center, the first and only dedicated Eye Specialty Center in the entire Northern Emirates works on prevention of blindness, sight enhancement and rehabilitation services along with high-impact eye health programs.

3.Al Zahrawi Hospital – 136 Beds

It is a private hospital located in Al Nakheel, Ras Al Khaimah, with multi – faceted health care system, was established in 1987. Al Zahrawi Hospital has been recognized by the Ministry of Health, UAE for the treatment of employees and their families for most of the Public and Private companies.

Major Diagnostic Centers/Laboratory in RAK


Following a decade of investment in both public and private facilities, the health care sector in Ras Al Khaimah is set for major growth in the coming years. Demand for new services is rising rapidly – RAK, like the rest of the UAE, is suffering from the rising incidence of lifestyle-related diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. At the same time, limited local treatment options at public hospitals are driving patients to seek treatment abroad. In RAK also, the healthcare system revolves around public hospitals & there are only few good private hospitals. The present scenario of Emirate is demanding & giving opportunity to new private hospitals to come up & flourish.

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