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RAK to pump US$250m into tourism until 2013

Projects include various luxury hotels and resorts in UAE's northernmost emirate

RAK to pump US$250m into tourism until 2013

The government of Ras Al Khaimah will pump US$250m into tourism projects between now and next year, according to the emirate's Tourism Development Authority (TDA).

Some of the latest tourism projects in RAK include the 349-room and suite Waldorf Astoria, which will mark the entry of Hilton's Worldwide luxury brand into the UAE, and the 627-room and suite Rixos Bab Al Bahr, the first ‘all-inclusive’ property of this magnitude in the UAE, scheduled to open its doors in Q1 2013 on Al Marjan Island.

The newly-built 309-key DoubleTree by Hilton Resort is scheduled to open in 2014, while earlier this year the new 186-key Mangrove Hotel on the Al Qassimi Corniche opened to the public.

Various upgrade projects have also been launched over the last year, including the enhancement of the Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club, as well as the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, extending the villa complex, building a new equestrian club and expanding the selection of wildlife at the resort.

Speaking about future plans, TDA COO Victor Louis said: “While our initial implementation projects are well on the way to reaching completion, we are looking forward to embarking upon a series of new projects in the future.”

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