Umm Al Quwain – Spirit of Adventure
Umm Al Quwain is situated between Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah on the West coast. The
city of Umm Al Quwain is the capital of the emirate, situated on a deep creek. It
comprises the Ruler's office, companies, establishments, banks, and commercial markets,
the Seaport and the Research and PiscicultureCenter, which helps to develop fisheries
in the country. The traditional occupation of this emirate has been fishing and
date cultivation. The Ruler of Umm Al Quwain is H.H. Sheikh Saoud Bin Rashid Al
Mu'alla. He succeeded his father in 1982.
The emirate covers an area of 800 square kilometres and stretches from the beautiful,
lush green coastal mangroves lining the shores of the Arabian Gulf, inland across
the rolling sand dunes to the fertile oasis surrounding Falaj Al Moalla.
The name Umm Al Quwain is derived from Umm Al Quwatain, which means "Mother of two
powers", a reference to the powerful seafaring tradition of this emirate.
Umm Al Quwain city has witnessed drastic developments over the last few years including
construction of buildings, roads, parks and other amenities. The city’s attraction
lies in its long clean beaches, an enclosed lagoon and public horse riding stables.
Where to stay:
The emirate is famed for its beach resorts and offers family-friendly stay with
a host of options to suit all budgets.
This 4-star hotel on the shores of Umm Al Quwain Beach is set in tropical gardens
with palm trees. It offers an outdoor pool, an à la carte restaurant and concierge
services. The air-conditioned villas at the resort offer a private balcony with
ocean views.Umm Al Quwain’s restaurant serves authentic Lebanese cuisine and offers
shisha. Live music can be enjoyed on Fridays during lunch hours.
Situated on the edge of the lagoon that separates Umm Al Quwain, Barracuda Beach
Resort is about 30 Kms from Ras Al Khaimah, towards the North and about 28 Kms from
Ajman, towards the South. A Barracuda vacation is what your body needs; a vacation
where you will experience fun and pleasure of a lifetime to appease your body and
A hot favourite for water sports enthusiasts, beach vacationers, Flamingo Beach
Resort is popular for all kinds of water sports ranging from crab hunting, Mangrove
boating, Snorkelling, jet skiing and fishing.
The hotel has its own private beach and is just 25 minutes away from the Sharjah
International Airport and 40 minutes away from Dubai International Airport. All
beachfront rooms are just a few steps away from the local attractions, and feature
breath-taking ocean views. Relaxing and enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds
of the ocean on a warm summer evening is the perfect way to end a busy vacation
What to do:
Living life on the edge mixed with a tinge of insane fun and a dash of daring sports
marks the qualities that make Umm-Al-Quwain an extreme holiday for anyone.
This famous water park with 25 exhilarating rides is one of the largest water parks
in the UAE. Promising family fun for all, this park is also a popular venue for
events, launches, concerts and shows.
This popular club is the newest addition to the Aviation sector in the UAE. Sky
Diving is the primary activity along with flying, hot air ballooning, parachuting
and Para motoring. Training and lessons are given throughout the year and friendly
advice is offered from experienced GCAA certified instructors and pilots.
Helicopter rides are easily available at the Aero club. Aircrafts can be rented
out for a day, a week a month or any length of time for a very nominal charge.
The traditional activities of fishing
, camel racing
and dhow building
are still evident in Umm Al Quwain emirate. The dhow building
where skilled craftsmen continue to assemble these traditional boats
is still very much in existence. In the old town, around the fort, the once charming
coral stone houses still display features of the original architecture and intricate
sculptured plaster work.
is part of the Marine Research Centre and is open to visitors by prior arrangement
and features a large variety of fish and sea life found in the region including
rays, snakes and corals. Barracuda Beach Resort can arrange group visits.
Islands of Umm Al Quwain:
It lies 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
and Al Keabe
, all of which are visible from the old town.
Group visits to these islands can be arranged.
A visit to the Camel race track at Al Lasba offers a great drive. During the winter
months, the camels’ race early in the morning on Thursdays and Fridays, and spectators
are welcome. The dunes in this area, interspersed with wooded dales, provide a challenging
terrain for off road desert drivers or as they are commonly called "dune bashers".
They also offer some of the most picturesque desert camping spots in the emirates
promising an unforgettable night under the Arabian stars. Group camping trips can
Umm Al Quwain Museum:
Is a renovation of the fort of Umm Al Quwain which
once guarded the entrance to the old town, overseeing the sea on one side and the
creek on the other. The museum houses artefacts found at important nearby sites
including Al Dour and provides a fascinating insight to bygone times.
Umm al Quwain Corniche:
is the best place for those who enjoy the sounds of waves and a peaceful evening.
, wind surfing
are some of the most popular activities for the adventurous types. Sailing and canoeing
through the clear, quiet waters to the deserted islands and exploring the mangrove
swamps offer a unique adventure for any visitor.
Umm Al Quwain Motor Racing Club:
offers participants the opportunity to experience the speed, thrill and exhilaration
of off road dune buggy racing and motor hiking in three purpose-built arenas.
Falaj Al Mualla Garden Park:
is a family oriented place that offers rides and facilities for a family fun day
out. Apart from a kid’s playground and BBQ areas this place has a mini grocery,
bike rental, tricycle ride, quad bike rides etc.
Avid birdwatchers can enjoy the wonderful sightings of several species of Heron
and Plover, Greater Flamingo, Gulls and Terns. Between November and March, hundreds
of Great Cormorants are regularly spotted flying just a few feet above the sea.
There are no buses available in Umm Al Quwain, so people generally take taxis, which
are plentiful, reasonable and easily available.