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A trilingual signboard in RAK

Within Ras al-Khaimah city, the main mode of transport are metered taxis, with public buses operating on long-haul routes and catering mainly to smaller towns (e.g. Sha`am, Ar-Rams, and Al Jazirah Al Hamra). A cheap local bus service in Ras al-Khaimah city was due to be launched by 15 June 2010 to ease transport for low-income-earners. The first will be between the jumbo intersection in Al Nakheel and Sha’am village. It will have eight stops and buses will take 80 minutes to cover the distance. The second route will start from Al Nakheel and run via Airport Road, Diqdaqah, and Khatt, then turn south to Al Tawain and Adhen on the Fujairah – Ras al-Khaimah border. The third route going to the industrial areas – from the city to Al Jazirah Al Hamra, Ras al-Khaimah Industrial Area, and the Al Ghail Industrial Area – was to begin in July, 2010.

Ras al-Khaimah is connected to the other emirates by taxis which often embark from the taxi-stand located south of Al Dhaid{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Clarify |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} near the new Ras al-Khaimah Police Headquarters.

Three dual-carriageways link Ras al-Khaimah with the other emirates and beyond. One follows the coast with beaches on one side and stretches of desert on the other; the other, a new route, runs out towards the airport in the direction of Khatt, Masafi, Fujairah, Dhaid, and eventually Oman.

The Emirates Road (E311 Highway) traverses the emirates of Umm Al Quwain, Ajman (for {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of its length) and Sharjah (for {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of its length) to finally end up in Dubai (for {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of its length). The highway allows journeys from Ras al-Khaimah to Dubai in under 45 minutes. The highway is being extended further till Saqr Port to allow direct flow of traffic from the southern emirates, the extension is scheduled to be completed by 2014. In spring 2013 work on the {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} RAK Ring Road which will bypass the city and connect the quarries and factories of the north coast with the 311 motorway was held up by a three-month rescue excavation after the discovery of megalithic tombs dating to the Wadi Suq period, from 2000 to 1600 BC.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Saqr Port, located in the industrial area of Khawr Khuwayr, is the emirate's main port, providing bulk and container services. It has eight deep-water berths, each {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} long, is dredged to {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} and has two "ro-ro" ramps plus specialised berths for handling bulk cement and aggregate. Other services include ship-handling, crew changes, and {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of covered storage, together with a vast open storage area. It is also the closest port in the UAE to Bandar Abbas, Iran, but there is no shipping from Saqr port to Bandar Abbas{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Clarify |date=__DATE__ |$B= }}.

Ras al-Khaimah International Airport is currently undergoing an upgrade. It operates cargo and passenger services to a variety of destinations covering the Middle East, North & East Africa, Central Asia, India, and the Far East.

On 17 February 2006, Space Adventures announced its plans to develop a $265 million commercial spaceport in Ras al-Khaimah for space tourism.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Also in the same year, RAK Airways was founded and launched operations in early 2007 with two Boeing 757-200 aircraft.


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