EAGE Workshop on the Mesozoic Intrashelf Basins of the Middle East
About Ras al Khaimah
Ras al Khaimah 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 emirate is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman's exclave of Musandam. It covers an area of 1,684 square km. 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.
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 is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman's exclave of Musandam. It covers an area of 1,684 square km.
LOCATION: United Arab Emirates.
LOCAL TIME: GMT +4 hours.
LANGUAGE: The official language of the UAE is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood.
CURRENCY: The monetary unit is the UAE dirham (AED), which is divided into 100 fils. The exchange rate is US$1 = AED 3.67**.
CLIMATE: Sunny, blue skies can be expected throughout the year although June to September is hot and humid with temperatures averaging above 40C.
The weather is pleasant from October to May, and evenings in January and February can necessitate the use of a sweater.
Air-conditioning is present in all vehicles and buildings.
CLOTHING: Lightweight summer clothing in cottons or blends is ideal for the majority of the year. A sweater, light jacket or shawl may be needed for cooler evenings.
The dress code in UAE is very relaxed. However, extremely revealing and inappropriate clothing may be considered offensive.
BUSINESS HOURS: The official weekend is Friday, although government offices are closed on Friday and Saturday. Most shops and malls open by 10am and close around 10pm.
Banks, embassies and consulates are open from 8.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday to Thursday.
ELECTRICITY: The electrical system is based on 220/240 volts AC. US-made appliances may require an adaptor.
IMMIGRATION and VISAS:
Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.
If your country of nationality appears on the list below, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at the airport and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa. This can be extended for an additional 30 days at an additional charge.
Eligible countries: Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, The Vatican.
In addition to nationals of the countries listed above, citizens of the GCC nations of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia are eligible for the visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi and Dubai International Airports.
Citizens of countries not listed above must obtain a visit visa in advance and can be arranged through their hotel. Please ensure that the hotel receives all the required documents sufficiently in advance to avoid delays (visa processing may take 10-14 working days).
Please also check with your travel agent or the UAE Embassy in your country on regulations relating to immigration and visas before your departure.
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