constituent emirate of the United Arab Emirates (formerly Trucial States, or Trucial Oman). It consists of two irregularly shaped tracts on the Musandam Peninsula, oriented north-south. The northern section shares the Ru'us al-Jibal peninsula with the sultanate of Oman and has a coastline of approximately 35 miles (56 km) on the Persian Gulf. A southern inland tract is separated from the northern by a projection of Al-Fujayrah emirate. Political fragmentation in the region is so extreme that Ra's al-Khaymah's two parts have borders with 10 political units; eight belong to five of the six other emirates in the federation, and the other two are with Oman and its exclave on the Ru'us al-Jibal. Ra's al-Khaymah's estimated total area is 660 square miles (1,700 square km); the capital and most significant urban settlement is Ra's al-Khaymah city.
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