Ras al-Khaimah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. 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. It is served by the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. It consists of a northern part (where the city of Ras al-Khaimah is situated), and a large inland exclave in the south (near Hatta), and a few small islands in the Persian Gulf.