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Ras Al Khaimah ruler launches contest to create 'unique' resort

Winners of the Grand RAK Project will be allocated a coveted beachfront location in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah ruler launches contest to create 'unique' resort
Three shortlisted operators will receive $25,000 each as a contribution towards their final submission, due in November, when the winner will be announced.

The ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, has aunched a competition which aims to create a new resort that is unique to the emirate.

Launched at the annual Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), the Grand RAK Project competition is open to delegates registered at the event.

Sheikh Saud said: “We support projects and concepts that spark creativity and place Ras Al Khaimah at the forefront of the tourism sector.

"Sustained growth is already the hallmark of Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism industry and we seek to ensure this continues by utilizing our strategic tourism plan to reach well-defined targets.”

Working in teams combining hotel designers and operators, entrants will have three months to prepare a preliminary concept vision supported by a high-level feasibility appraisal.

Entries will be judged on commercial feasibility, innovation and sustainability. Three shortlisted operators will receive $25,000 each as a contribution towards their final submission, due in November, when the winner will be announced.

The winning project will be allocated a coveted beachfront location.

The judging panel for The Grand RAK Project includes Abdullah Al Abdooli, managing director and CEO, Marjan, David Daniels, director of architecture, SSH, Filippo Sona, managing director, Global Hospitality, Drees & Sommer and Kevin Underwood, principal, HKS Hospitality Group.

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