Hajar mountains of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in UAE has been known for centuries. More recently these deposits have been exploited as a raw material in the manufacture of high quality white cement, building materials and lime. Ras Al.Khaimah Company for White Cement and Construction Materials have factories located near the port of Mina Saqr which is 25km north of the city of Ras Al Khaimah The port of Mina Saqr offers deep water berthing and due to its position close to the Straits of Hormuz at the entrance to the Arabian Gulf is placed perfectly to ship material to any location within and outside the Gulf region. A high quality White Cement is produced to BS 12 and ASTM-C150 type I specifications .The factory was first commissioned in 1986 with Blue Circle Industries acting as consultant and also providing technical management.Recent uprating by the addition of a third kiln line enables the production of 450,000 tonnes of cement a year.This can. be supplied in bulk, in 50kg kraft 3-4 ply bags, either loose or shrink wrapped on. pallets or in 1.5 tonne jumbo bags. In addition to the local market within the United Arab Emirates major customers include Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Yemen.Sales are also made to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and East Africa. The factory uses the latest Japanese process technology with most modern process automation provided by an ABB distributed control system. Great care is necessary in the selection of suitable raw materials for the production of white cement.Any element that might colour the clinker must be kept to a minimum.In addition to the local limestone secondary materials are imported from Egypt, Turkey and Kenya. White cement is a specialised product requiring a high degree of quality control at all stages of production. lts use is found in the manufacture of terrazo tiles, precast facade finishes and for other decorative purposes. White cement is not a conventional cement and is normally used for its appearance and low maintenance requirement. It has, however, all the strength and properties of'ordinary Portland cement and is frequently used for construction purposes.