Ras al-Khaimah

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Ras al-Khaimah

(räs äl-khī`mä), sheikhdom (1995 pop. 144,430), c.650 sq mi (1,680 sq km), United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates,
federation of sheikhdoms (2005 est. pop. 2,563,000), c.30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km), SE Arabia, on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The federation, commonly known as the UAE, consists of seven sheikhdoms: Abu Dhabi (territorially the largest of the
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, SE Arabia, on the Persian Gulf; the northernmost of the seven sheikdoms in the federation. The economy is dependent on oil, first produced in 1969; coal is mined and ceramics manufactured. Among the sheikdom's biggest attractions are its many ancient sites (human habitation dates back to the 3d cent. B.C.) and its national museum. Previously affiliated with SharjahSharjah
, sheikhdom (1995 pop. 400,339), c.1,000 sq mi (2,590 sq km), part of the federation of seven United Arab Emirates, SE Arabia, on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The modernized town of Sharjah (1995 pop.
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, Ras al-Khaimah became a separate sheikhdom under British protection in 1921. After some hesitation, the sheikhdom joined the United Arab Emirates in 1972.