Ras Al Khaimah Finance & Investment Forum (RAKFIF), a new platform for uncovering business investment opportunities in Ras Al Khaimah, is preparing for its first edition, taking place 13 – 14 December at Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Ras Al Khaimah.
RAKFIF will bring together experts from government and industries with international and regional investors and financiers to highlight investment projects in the emirate and provide a platform for information gathering, networking and commercial opportunities.
The forum will focus on the key economic sectors of hospitality and tourism, real estate, manufacturing and production, and infrastructure (ports, airports and utilities).
Hosted under the patronage and with the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the forum is backed by strong government support and key RAK entities.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) and Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA), said: “RAK FTZ and RAKIA are proud strategic partners of this unique event as it puts RAK in the limelight. We, together with other government authorities in the emirate, have been committed to reinforce the positioning of the emirate in the global economic map as a premier business destination. RAKFIF is a wonderful platform for the international business community to learn more about the opportunities and advantages available in the emirate.”
Experts on each of the key sectors of hospitality and tourism, real estate, manufacturing and production, and infrastructure, will speak during a series of panel discussions, breakout sessions and plenary sessions.
The speaker line-up includes representatives from Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation, RAK International Airport, RAK Ports, Al Marjan Island Company, RAK Tourism Development Authority, RAK Free Trade zone & RAK Investment Authority, Goldman Sachs International, HSBC, Samena Capital Investments, Colliers International, UTICO, Nabarro LLP, Hilton Worldwide, ADPI, and Hutchison Ports.
Peter England, chief executive officer of RAKBANK, said: “We are delighted to take part in this prestigious business investment and finance forum in our home emirate, Ras Al Khaimah. We fully support any initiative that aims to position Ras Al Khaimah as the investment destination of choice for individuals and businesses in the UAE.
Andy Tsoi, managing director, Middle East and Africa, Hutchison Ports added: “Ras Al Khaimah is a dynamic economy for investment. The ruler has successfully created a very business-friendly environment, conducive to both international investment as well as supportive of local industries. In the face of slowing economic growth elsewhere in the world, we see good potential in RAK.”
The Forum will gather over 300 C-level industry leaders with RAK entities, showcasing Ras Al Khaimah in its entirety, while offering professional investment assistance and information.
Several engaging features and events will take place throughout the two-day forum, providing attendees with additional industry related content.
RAKFIF has arranged site visits to the locations of new and ongoing developments in order for delegates to gain an greater perspective of all that Ras Al Khaimah offers.
Offering a welcome message to interested businesses, HH Sheikh Ahmed comments: “It is my pleasure to welcome a diverse community of businessmen and financiers to our rising emirate. Ras Al Khaimah’s supportive business environment and competitiveness have helped thousands of companies become established players in their respective fields. Investors who are looking for business growth opportunities should look no further as Ras Al Khaimah definitely offers that and more.”
The Forum also provides an opportunity to build professional relationships through informal networking events, including an evening reception on 13 December at the venue.
A dedicated onsite exhibition staffed by RAK entities will offer investment advice while showcasing the emirate fully.
Irina Awote, director of the RAKFIF event said: “We are extremely pleased to have RAK FTZ & RAKIA as our Strategic partner sponsors as well as the sponsorship support of leading organizations such as Hutchison Ports, RAK Bank, UTICO, HSBC and Archirodon Construction. Their support is a true testament of their understanding of the growth and business potential of the rising emirate. There is still opportunity for companies interested to get involved, RAKFIF provides an outstanding opportunity for organisations wishing to increase brand awareness or connect with a qualified and targeted group of business leaders and investors.
BNC Publishing is Exclusive Trade Media Partner for RAKFIF, an industry-only event, open to financiers and investors, and industry professionals with an interest in development opportunities in RAK.
The two-day Forum will open on 13 December 8.30am to 5.45pm and on 14 December 8.30am to 4pm, with complimentary access for senior executive professionals who register online until the 21 November.
Further information on the event, including directions, travel and registration are available at http://www.rakfif.com /