UK reporter returns to Ras Al Khaimah after 49 years and hails new tourism and hospitality industry

Former BBC and ITN presenter Peter Snow returned to the emirate to see it transformed

Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah
Antonio Busiello
Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah

After 49 years since former BBC and ITN presenter Peter Snow first visited Ras Al Khaimah in 1970, he has returned to see transformed with a new tourism and hospitality economy.

Snow returned this year to visit H.H Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, with the two touring the emirate and looking at its progress. Along with former commander of the Ras Al Khaimah mobile force, David Neild, Snow looked at the 4.5km Marjan Island, as well as the Waldorf Astoria hotel and the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah.

Snow first went in 1970 to interview the late H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. The interview took place just a few years before the official formation of the United Arab Emirates, which crystallised upon Ras Al Khaimah’s joining in 1972.

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Snow explained: “Ras Al Khaimah is unrecognisable from the way I remember it all those years ago. The progress and development is evident at every turn. It is wonderful to be back here, observing the monumental accomplishments Ras Al Khaimah has made, and seeing for myself the widespread development across all sectors – especially tourism and hospitality,”

He added: “The Emirate’s success has echoed around the world; Ras Al Khaimah has firmly placed itself on the map among the region’s most attractive places for tourists and investors,”

He continued: “This progress goes beyond infrastructure; it is coupled with commendable efforts to invest in Emirati people, who have become far more involved and effective in various sectors.”

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