Ras Al Khaimah Chapter
The AHK Chapter Ras Al Khaimah was officially established on 10th of June 2010.
Objectives of the RAK Chapter
The Local Chapter represents the interests of AHK members based in Ras Al Khaimah within the organization and – in accordance with the CEO and the Board of Directors of AHK – externally towards local authorities and institutions.
Another task of the RAK Chapter is to promote Ras Al Khaimah as a destination for German investors (e.g. by inviting economic delegations from Germany or by organizing information events and excursions for AHK members based in the other emirates, etc.) and to organize activities for the German community in RAK (e.g. German lessons for children, a monthly regular get-together, social and information events as well as online file-sharing networks and forums).
Besides business-related activities, the RAK Chapter will also focus on cultural, social and community building activities and events.
Christian Wulff, INOCLAD Middle East FZ LLC
Moritz Kerler, Quarry & Mining LLC / German Center RAK
Oliver Breitenkamp, Eskate Middle East FZ LLC
In his position as Chairman of the RAK Chapter, Christian Wulff is the official representative of the Chapter within AHK and is being co-opted in the Board of Trustees. He mainly takes over representative tasks. Vice Chairmen are responsible for operational and organizational tasks
The Seasonal Concert in RAK took place on 9th December 2016 in the Auditorium of the RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry and was again a great success!
The Dubai Singers conducted by Peter Crook together with Maria Glück (soprano) and Dr. Jordan Rashkov (piano) pleased the numerous guests with a rich program of German and English carol singing
This event was organized with the kind support of the RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
• 10.12.2015 - Concert in RAK Chamber Auditorium
The RAK Chapter of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce, in collaboration with RAK Chapter members organized its annual Classical Concert in Ras Al Khaimah on December 10th 2015. This time, the guests were welcomed to the spectacular Auditorium of the RAK Chamber of Commerce where an amazing performance by Maria Glück (soprano), Michael Suttner (violin, vocals), Xaver Hellmeier (drums), Rocky Knaur (bass), Manfred Manhart (piano) and Dr. Jordan Rashkov (piano) awaited them. The guests of honor were H.H. Sheikh Mohamad Bin Kayyad Al-Qasimi – Chairman of the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah, H.E. Hassan Mohamed Hassan Humaid Al Suwaidi - former Executive Manager of Abu Dhabi Oil Company ADCO, H.E. Jassim Mohamed Noor Al Qaiwani with wife, Mr. Naser T. Bustami – General Manager of Stevin Rock LLC and advisor to H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, with wife, H.E. Stefan Gallon - Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Dubai, with wife, among others. The event was moderated by the Mr. Michael Suttner, who along with the rest of the artist delivered an outstanding and memorable performance.
The main sponsors of the event, without whom the whole could not have taken place, were Quarry Mining LLC, RAK German Engineering, RAK Free Trade Zone and The Cove Rotana Hotel.
• 10.12.2015 - Nicolaus Dinner at Quarry Mining LLC
The much awaited Nicolaus Party at Quarry Mining, RAK premises took place on December 11th 2015. The host of the event, Mr. Moritz Kerler and family, welcomed the guests with freshly backed German pretzels and bred, after which the traditional delicious German Dinner was served. The event was accompanied by a friendly performance of Maria Glück, Michael Suttner and the musicians who performed at the Classical Concert the night before. The present guests, including Mr. Stefan Gallon - German Consul General in Dubai, with wife, enjoyed the family atmosphere and the sentimental evening bringing back memories from their home country Christmas celebrations.
• 01.07.2015 - Ground breaking ceremony of the German Center RAK
The ground breaking ceremony of the German Center RAK took place on July 1, 2015 in the presence – among others – of Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier, German Ambassador to the UAE, Dr. Peter Göpfrich, CEO of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK), the founding members of the German Center RAK Moritz Kerler and Andreas Hangarter, as well as Martin Geskes, the architect in charge with the project design.
The German Center will be located in a prime position in the center of Ras Al Khaimah, closed to the RAK Chamber of Commerce, on a plot of land granted by H.H. Sheikh Saud by means of a Royal Decree.
It is a „non-profit“ project financed by the founding members, which – upon completion in 2016 – will host on the ground floor commercial and recreational facilities (German bakery, coffee shop, venue for cultural events), and, on the first floor, will host offices of German institutions (German Consulate, AHK), class rooms for language courses (Arabic/German) and for vocational training, as well as office space for new German companies setting up in RAK.
Here you can read a comprehensive report in German about the German Center by Uschi Mahl, Expat Aktuell
• 01.07.2015 - Business Networking IFTAR
The traditional Iftar organized by the AHK RAK Chapter took place on the 1st of July 2015 The Cove Rotana in Ras Al Khaimah. The event was attended by a significant number of guests from the German and local business community. The guest of Honor was H.E. Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier, German Ambassdor to the UAE.<//span>
The event was kindly supported by:
RAK Free Trade Zone Authority, Quarry & Mining, RAK-German Engineering.
• 19.03.2015 - German Spring Festival
The German Spring Festival returned to Ras Al Khaimah for the fourth time on March 19, 2015 as part of the AHK RAK Chapter’s efforts to bring the Ras Al Khaimah and German communities closer. The folk fest has become by now a traditional appointment in RAK and a much anticipated event both for business people and families. Also this year the festival was accompanied by an exhibition with German and local companies presenting their products and services.
The evening event was opened by the impressive performance of the Aulendorf Fanfare which, following the medieval tradition of the military of the 15th century, displayed over 20 musicians with drums and trumpets and flag bearers in colourful uniforms. H.H. Sheikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qasimi honoured the event with his presence enjoying the cordial atmosphere. Among the guests were several representatives of German and local authorities, in particular H.E. Stefan Gallon, German Consul General in Dubai.
• 05.12.2014 - Nikolaus Dinner Party
The traditional Nikolaus Dinner Party of the RAK Chapter on 5th of December 2014 was once again the highlight of the season. The party took place as usual at the stunning premises of the company Quarry & Mining, located at the foot of the RAK mountains. The host Moritz Kerler pampered his guests with tradition Swabian food and a warm and cordial atmosphere for children and adults.
• 04.12.2014 - Concert in RAK Museum
The festivity season in Ras Al Khaimah was inaugurated with the second edition of the Concert in RAK Museum, which took place on the 4th of December 2014.
After the great success of last year's event, the AHK RAK Chapter organized again a classical concert in the fascinating atmosphere of the inner courtyard of the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, until 1964, the house of the Royal Family .
Over 200 guests could experience a great musical evening with the following artists: Maria Glück (Soprano), Jordan Rashkov (Piano), and the Duo Rossel – Angela Rossel (Violine) and Ruth Maria Rossel (Violoncello).
• November 2014 - Visit of the new German Consul General to RAK
At the beginning of November, the first official visit of the new German Consul General H.E. Stefan Gallon to the Northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah took place. Mr. Gallon was accompanied by members of the RAK Chapter to visit the main institutions in RAK - RAK Investment Authority, RAK Free Trade Zone, RAK Maritime City and RAK Tourism Development Authority - as well as to meet with German investors based in RAK.
The Consul General and his accompanying delegation were also cordially received by H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Member of the UAE Supreme Council.
During his two days visit, Mr. Gallon had the chance to get an overall impression of the ongoing developments in the Northern Emirate, in particular involving the touristic and industrial sectors. Through the discussions with German investors and the visit to different German companies based there - Haver Middle East, Duscholux, Eskate Middle East, KNAUF, Quarry & Mining, among others -, the Consul general could also learn more about Ras Al Khaimah as a preferred business destination for German companies.
• 16.07.2014 - Business Networking IFTAR
The traditional Iftar organized by the AHK RAK Chapter took place on 16th of July 2014 The Cove Rotana, Cinnamon Restaurant, Ras Al Khaimah. The event was attended by a significant number of guests from the German and local business community. The guest of honor was H.H. Sheikh Ahmad bin Saqer Al Qasemi, Chairman of the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority.
The event was kindly supported by:
Haver Middle East, InvestiQ, Quarry & Mining, RAK-German Engineering, Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority.
• 20.03.2013 - GERMAN SPRING FESTIVAL 2014
The German Spring Festival returned to Ras Al Khaimah for the third time last week as part of the AHK RAK Chapter’s efforts to bring the Ras Al Khaimah and German communities closer. The festival showcased traditional German music and culture, as well as local and German companies.
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Member of the UAE Supreme Council, honoured the event with his presence and spent almost two hours talking to the guests and enjoying the cordial atmosphere. Among the guests were several representatives of German and local authorities, in particular H.E. Nikolai von Schoepff, German Ambassador, and H.E. Klaus Ranner, German Consul General.
• 20.-23.02.2014 - Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival
Presented by the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research on behalf of His Highness, the three-day Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival took place February 20-23, 2014 and showcase local and international artists, musicians, and filmmakers. The goal of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival is to bring the community together to celebrate art, create opportunities for cultural exchange, and support the creative and artistic sectors of Ras Al Khaimah
The RAK Chapter of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK) was one of the main sponsors of the Festival. The participation of the AHK RAK Chapter as a sponsor of the Festival was made possible thanks to the support of our member companies Quarry & Mining LLC and RAK-German Engineering FZE.
• 12.01.2014 - RAK Chapter representatives meet former German Chancellor Dr. Gerhard Schröder at the embassy reception in Abu Dhabi.
• 05.12.2013 - Nikolaus Party
This year, the traditional Nikolaus Party of the AHK RAK Chapter was hosted by Moritz Kerler at the premises of Quarry & Mining LLC. All guests - among which we had the honor to have Nikolai von Schoepff, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Klaus Ranner, German Consul General in Dubai along with their wives - enjoyed the German food and the relaxed atmosphere which made the Nikolaus Party in RAK a much awaited event.
• 04.12.2013 - Concert in RAK Museum
In Ras Al Khaimah, the beginning of the Christmas season was celebrated with a Classical Concert held in the inner courtyard of the old ruler's palace, now the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. Sara Al Qaiwani (soprano), Prof. Andreas Woyke (piano) and Friedrich Kleinhapl (cello), who have flown from Europe to attend this event, delivered a great performance and offered a succesful event and a very pleasant musical evening to the RAK community.
Among the over 170 attendees, guests of honor at the event were H.E. Nikolai von Schoepff, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and H.E. Klaus Ranner, German Consul General in Dubai.
Sponsors of the evening were: Quarry & Mining LLC, RAK-German Engineering FZC, RAK Investment Authority and Haver Middle East.
• 24.07.2013 - Business Networking Iftar
This year’s Business Networking Iftar organized by the RAK Chapter was attended by a significant number of guests from Ras Al Khaimah.
• 15.03.2013 - GERMAN SPRING FESTIVAL 2013
Once again, the beginning of the warm season in the Northern Emirate Ras Al Khaimah was celebrated with the German Spring Festival. The festival, organized by the RAK Chapter of the AHK, took place on March 15 and saw over 200 guests gathering in the tent erected in front of the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah. The high attendance and the enthusiasm which welcomed the two music bands – “Lollypop” from Germany and “Bezauer Dorfmusikanten” from Austria – proved that the German Spring Festival at its second edition has already established itself as a “traditional” event in RAK, much awaited by both the growing German speaking and the local communities.
The event was successful. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of the members of the AHK RAK Chapter and the generosity of our sponsors: Stevin Rock, Quarry & Mining, RAK - German Engineering, Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone, Knauf and Eskate Middle East.
Very special thanks to the festival organizing committee within the AHK RAK Chapter: Moritz Kerler, Andreas Hangarter, Sandra Woest and Kathrin Lemke.
• 01.08.2012 - Business Networking Iftar
This year’s Business Networking Iftar organized by the RAK Chapter was attended by a significant number of guests from Ras Al Khaimah. The guests of honor were H.H. Sheikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qassimi and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah. The event was kindly supported by the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ).
• 16.03.2012 - GERMAN SPRING FESTIVAL 2012
This year, the beginning of the warm season in the Northern Emirate Ras Al Khaimah was celebrated with a gorgeous German Spring Festival organized by the RAK Chapter of the AHK. The folk festival atmosphere, the traditional German food and the live music of two bands – “Lollypop” from Germany and “Bezauer Dorfmusikanten” from Austria - were welcomed with enthusiasm by over 170 guests. The aim of the event was to bring the Ras Al Khaimah and German communities closer and the great turn out of local and German guests proved that the aim was achieved. Numerous representatives of local authorities and, in particular, H.H. Sheikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qassimi honored us with their presence throughout the evening.
The event was successful. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of the members of the AHK RAK Chapter and the generosity of our sponsors: Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone, Quarry & Mining, RAK - German Engineering, Knauf, Cut Part Trading, RAK Royal, Early Bird and World of Travel.
• 17.08.2011 - Business Networking SOHOUR
The Sohour Dinner organized by the RAK Chapter on 17th of August 2011 was a very successful event. The guest of honor was H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.
The event was attended by more than 50 guests among them some VIPs, such as: Klaus Ranner (German Consulate General), Naser Bustami (Stevin Rock L.L.C) and Maryam Al Murshedi (RAK Free Trade Zone).
• 12.12.2010 - CLEAN UP UAE Campaign
The RAK Chapter is committed to cleaner, greener and sustainable UAE and participated at the CLEAN UP UAE Campaign on 12th of December 2010.
The Clean UP UAE 2010 organized by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) was the 9th edition of the campaign conceived initially on December 2002. Through the years, this national campaign has acquired outstanding scope as more and more people and sites joined the movement to combat environmental degradation through volunteer participation.
Last year, more than 18,000 participants joined hands across 79 locations in the massive cleanup operation collecting more than 86 tons of waste. This year, EEG aims to gather a larger work force and hit record breaking volume of waste collection with the strong support and dedication of like-minded academic institutions, governmental agencies, organizations, families and individuals. The campaign is held each year in December.
• 11.12.2010 - Christmas Party & Bazar
The RAK Chapter cordially invites you to the Christmas Party & Bazar
Saturday, 11th of December 2010, 4 pm
Hilton City Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah
• 01.09.2010 - IFTAR Dinner
The Iftar Dinner organized by the RAK Chapter on 1st of September 2010 was very successful. We had more than 50 guests among them some VIPs, such as: H.H. Sheikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Naser Bustami (Stevin Rock L.L.C), Oussama El Omari and Maryam Al Murshedi (RAK Free Trade Zone), Klaus Ranner and Joerg Herrera (German Consulate General).