Over a Decade of Stable Outlook: Ras Al Khaimah Maintains ‘A’ Rating by Fitch
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), the northernmost of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has had its ‘A’ rating affirmed by global agency Fitch Ratings, with a Stable Outlook – a rating the emirate has now maintained for more than a decade. The positive Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) is driven by several factors, chief among them being the emirate’s low government debt burden and high GDP per capita.
The rating affirmation reflects the stability of Ras Al Khaimah’s economy and the sound policies implemented by the government and the leadership. This, in turn, creates an encouraging and promising environment for current and prospective investors and enterprises in Ras Al Khaimah, as the emirate continues to build on its strengths, develop its vital sectors, and strengthen relations with international bodies.
The Government of Ras Al Khaimah has long been committed to a policy of fiscal prudence, which has allowed the debt-to-GDP ratio to maintain a consistent downward trend. This approach has proven its value over the past decade, with RAK authorities continuously working to improve data collection, budgeting, and financial planning and control, to enhance efficiency in utilising fiscal resources.