New Ras Al Khaimah Port Free Zone area begins operations


Warehousing and land available in centre city location

Captain Clifford Brand, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Ports and Justin Wardle, RAK Port’s Operations Director.

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: Following an internal reconfiguration of its land assets, Ras Al Khaimah Port, one of the Emirate’s five port facilities, has now established a new free zone area that comes under the licence jurisdiction of RAK Maritime City Freezone Authority.  As a result new options for supply chain management, storage and manufacturing in the Emirate are now available in the centre city port location, delivering a range of logistical and business advantages.

Commenting on the new facility, Captain Clifford Brand, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Ports, said, “We believe that introducing a free zone alternative within RAK Port will prove popular with tenants looking for a location that is within the city and also directly connected to the port facility itself. Importantly, we have ensured that accessibility is not an issue for tenants and their customers, something that can be problematic given the high security levels that are naturally associated with ports. To accomplish this, new security access points have been established which will enable easier entrance, while still adhering to the established customs and free zone protocols. The objective is to enable our tenants and their clients to conduct their business as efficiently and rapidly as they would want to.”

According to Justin Wardle, RAK Port’s Operations Director, there are three land options available, “We have purpose built warehousing ready of 1,512 and 1,944 square meters, and open land of up to 50,000 square meters,” he said, “and we believe that our affordable pricing structure is one that potential tenants will be interested in. The free zone areas have direct access to our Port Zone and its quays. The smaller warehousing site can be split into two 756 square meter options if required.” Wardle explained that in addition to the free zone options, the Port Zone itself has a 1,944 square meter warehouse, and a further non-free zone area contains another 1,944 square meter warehouse and 2,000 square meters of open storage.   

Wardle also confirmed that the existing services that the port provides will also continue. These include marine layby, afloat repair, logistics, import & export, crew and vessel services, warehousing, cold store warehousing and open land storage.

With its proximity to the Straits of Hormuz, combined with its city centre location, and the easy logistical access to the UAE’s other industrial parks and free zones, RAK Port is clearly a choice to be considered.