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Umm Al Quwain

Umm Al Quwain

Umm Al Quwain is ruled by Al Moalla family. The present Ruler is H.H. Shaikh Saoud Bin Rashid Al Moalla. It is the second smallest Emirate, with total area of 770 sq Kilometer, located in the north of the UAE. It is positioned between emirates of Sharjah and Ajman to the south, while Ras Al Khaimah to the north. It has the smallest population compared to other Emirates. Fishing is the local population’s primary means of income. Date farming also plays a significant role in the economy. Al-Sinniyahisland, close to the town of Umm Al Quwain, is home to the UAE's largest Socotra Cormorant, with over 15,000 pairs making it the third largest colony in the world.

Arabian gazelle have been introduced to Sinniyah and appear to be prospering. Marine life is remarkable for its abundance and diversity. Blacktip reef sharks patrol the outer shoreline, while green turtles are ubiquitous in the inner leads in particular.

Getting around in Umm Al Quwain.
Taxis – Metered are the major way of getting around in Umm Al Quwain.

Things to do / see.

Umm Al Quwain Fort:
It is a fort which was once home to the emirate’s ruler and guarded the entrance to the old town, overseeing the sea on one side and the creek on the other. It eventually became a police station then a museum. The museum now houses artifacts found at important nearby sites including Al-Dour and houses a collection of weapons that were used through the emirate's history. It is located near Umm Al Quwain BazaarMasjid (Mosque).

Old Harbor: An old harbor located in the old town overlooking the traditional dhow building yard where skilled craftsmen continue to assemble these traditional boats. The harbor is surrounded by old coral stone houses that display features of the original architecture and intricate sculptured plaster work.

Islands of Umm Al Quwain: Islands that lie to the east of the mainland peninsula on a unique stretch of coastline consisting of sandy islands surrounded by dense mangrove forests, separated by a series of creeks. The largest of the seven islands is Al Sinniyah, followed by Jazirat Al Ghallah and Al Keabe, all of which are visible from the old town. Tucked in between these and the coastal plains are the smaller islands of Al Sow, Al Qaram, Al Humaidi, Al Chewria and Al Harmala. The Madaar creek that runs between the islands provides a navigable waterway for fisherman even at low tide when the average depth is less than a few feet.

Al-Dour: Located roughly where the town of Umm Al Quwain is now, it is considered the largest pre-Islamic site on the Gulf coast. Al-Dour was an important trading port from about 200 BC to 200 AD. Thousands of graves are found among the houses of Al-Dour. In some cases the larger tombs contained the remains of more than one individual, perhaps a family. There are two public monuments at Al-Dour, a small square fort with round corner towers and a small square temple dedicated to the Semitic sun god Shamash.

Dreamland Aqua Park: the largest water park in the UAE is located on the coastline of Umm Al Quwain; about 40 minutes’ drive from Dubai, with 250,000 square meters expanse of landscaped gardens and over 30 rides, slides, and attractions. The Park is operated all year round with a daily capacity of ten thousand visitors.

Falaj Al Mualla as the name indicates, Falaj al-mualla is the oasis town which lies in al BathaValley and is rich in agriculture

Aside from fishing crabs, a waterpark, flying school, museum, and mangrove islands – enough to keep even the most hyperactive tourist entertained for a couple of days.

UAQ Shooting Club: The club is located opposite Dreamland aqua park and occupies about 90,000 sq.m. It is designed asper Olympic standards ad is equipped with superb shooting facilities
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