His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi is a Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.
Born in Dubai in 1956, Sheikh Saud was educated in Ras Al Khaimah before attending the American University of Beirut. He later transferred to the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
Upon his return from the United States in 1979, Sheikh Saud was appointed Chief of the Ruler’s Court, where he supported his father Sheikh Saqr’s ruling vision to modernize the administration and operations of the Government of Ras Al Khaimah. In 1986, he became the Chairman of the Ras Al Khaimah Municipal Council and continued his work to improve the Emirate’s infrastructure and governance practices.
During this period, Sheikh Saud also founded RAK Ceramics, restructured Julphar Pharmaceuticals, and introduced many commercial and social projects to Ras Al Khaimah.
Today, RAK Ceramics is the world’s largest ceramics company by sales volume, and Julphar is a leading pharmaceuticals company in the MENA region.
Sheikh Saud was named Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah on 14 June 2003.
Following his appointment, he immediately embarked on a wide ranging campaign of reforms that accelerated the emirate’s social and economic development. Capitalizing on Ras Al Khaimah’s assets, including its location, geography, and long heritage of trade and exchange, Sheikh Saud oversaw the introduction of free zones and industrial parks, efficient business licensing procedures, and offshore corporate registration. Fueled by investment in tourism, manufacturing, and real estate, the Emirate enjoyed consistently robust GDP growth and attracted international attention as an emerging business destination.