Monday, October 05, 2009

RAK Investment Authority: America’s Cup to highlight Ras Al Khaimah’s popularity as a safe destination

[Source: RAK Investment Authority] RAK Investment Authority, the government agency responsible for attracting economic development and promoting the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, issued a statement today addressing the concerns raised about security for the upcoming 33rd America's Cup to be held in February 2010.

"The UAE and specifically Ras Al Khaimah is an extremely safe venue for the America's Cup. The Emirate of Ras al Khaimah has peaceful and friendly relations with all of its neighbours. The venue and all the visitors to Ras Al Khaimah in the coming weeks and months will be received in a similar friendly, peaceful and security conscious way," said Dr Khater Massaad, CEO of RAK Investment Authority ad Special Advisor to Ras Al Khaimah's Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

Massaad went on to say that: "It is quite reasonable to state that security for the America's Cup would be significant no matter where the event is held and in Ras Al Khaimah this event will receive the same level of importance with full cooperation from the Navy, Coast Guards and the Police services to ensure the safety and well being of all visitors to the Emirate."

Alinghi 5 getting settled in her new base. Ras Al-Khaimah, 5 October 2009. Photo copyright Alinghi

Internationally, the UAE has a well regarded reputation as one of safest holiday destinations and for maintaining one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The country annually welcomes international events of all sorts: academic, diplomatic, sporting, business... and has never had any problems, particularly in terms of safety. We are familiar with hosting sports personalities - including Americans - who compete in events with worldwide acclaim.

Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE is a multicultural and forward looking country, there are, for example, 87 American companies which represent approximately 8% of the new companies that have commenced business in the emirate over the past few years. These figures grow in to the hundreds when you look at the UAE as a whole.

"More than 80% of the total numbers of new companies in Ras Al Khaimah are foreign-owned, further proving that the Emirate is a very safe and productive place to do business and to live. The local and federal governments have worked hard to transform the Emirates in to an investor's haven, with security as a core element," concluded Dr Khater Massaad.

Alinghi 5 getting settled in her new base. Ras Al-Khaimah, 5 October 2009. Photo copyright Alinghi

The Emirate has been working for the past two months installing infrastructure on Al Hamra Island, the base for both teams, and is reaching the final stages of delivery for Alinghi. However, Dr Massaad said, Ras Al Khaimah is still waiting for direction from BMW Oracle in regards to their requirements.

In addition, Ras Al Khaimah offers close to 3000 hotel rooms and is situated less than one hour north of Dubai, where there are in excess of 10,000 hotel rooms available to visitors and fans of the event.

Local and international experts and officials concur that Ras Al Khaimah is one of the safest destinations for the 33rd America's Cup. "We hope BMW Oracle will reconsider their position and join us in Ras al Khaimah for what will be one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the history of yachting," said Massaad.

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At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If BOR does not feel safe, they can just stay home. No problem. That would also solve the measurement issue.

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous bixente said...

i bet you'd love that. bor staying home would be the only way for EB to come away with his disqualification by hillarious measurement aproach

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But truly, what if the judge confirms RAK? Will BOR put at risks its team members? Will the judge decision provide any further security?

It will only show that this is an organised bad faith. Coutts, Ehman, don't worry, neither SOmalia nor Iran want you. (a pity though)

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:54 PM, you seem to be the expert in international politics with tight contacts to both, Somalia and Iran. Or perhaps your commets just reflect your blatant ignorance towards complex political interrelations.
Anyone with a halfway decent high school education should realise that there is a risk associated with sailing in RAK and that this risk is higher for the American taem than for the Swiss team. Of course one can wish harm to one's opponent (as you do) but this, in my eyes, is only indicative of your limited abilities to fully comprehend the situation.

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO 4:26PM

Here is 10:54. Probably am half brained and you are right I know nothing of international politic. But the bottom line of your message is, if Mrs Kornreich confirms RAK, that BOR has to forfeit to protect their sailors due to the high risk of being in RAK.

Very good. At least we could move on to the next step of the Cup and hopefully we would be done with Ehman and Coutts.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:25 PM - flip side is SNG are told the court order says VLC. Hence SNG has to move to VLC, has egg on their face with RAK like they did with VLC for making promises they couldn't keep. Maybe they will get sued as no one knows what sort of contracts are in place between anyone in SNG & RAK.

If GGYC looses they will sail in RAK & appeal to the NYSC CoA later. They have already stated that months ago. Hence the reason they are on the ground in RAK.

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RAK is being pushed because Alinghi doesn't have a boat that can compete on the open sea. They want calm waters (as compared to Valencia) and powered winches. This is hardly a race worthy of the Americas Cup.

Team Alinghi seem like a bunch of wusses to me.


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