Rakeen – an Arabic word that means ‘central pillar’ or ‘trustworthy support’ – commenced operations on 19th April 2006, in a royal decree by His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, as the land master-planner and developer to be responsible for RAK’s property development. Rakeen a significant number of ambitious developments underway for Ras Al Khaimah – from man-made islands to offshore financial districts and from spa resorts to new urban developments – to facilitate the emirate’s transition to an international commercial capital and cultural landmark. Rakeen has a diversified international development portfolio and has been investing robustly in emerging markets around the region. As a guiding principle, every project that Rakeen embark on is founded on the belief that Rakeen have an overriding responsibility to preserve the heritage and social values of the people as well as the beauty of Rakeen countryside, and the environment at large. Rakeen is committed to designing and building structures which are sympathetic to their surroundings and which preserve or add to the natural habitat wherever possible.