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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.

Top picks:
Umm Al QuwainBeach Hotel:
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.

Barracuda Beach Resort:
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 soul.

Flamingo Beach Resort:
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.

Pearl Beach Hotel:
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 day.

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.

Dreamland Aqua Park:
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.

Umm Al QuwainAeroclub:
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:
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, falconry, camel racing and dhow building are still evident in Umm Al Quwain emirate. The dhow building yard 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.

The Aquarium:
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 Al Ghallah and Al Keabe, all of which are visible from the old town. Group visits to these islands can be arranged.

Camel Racing:
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 be arranged.

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.

Sailing, water-skiing, wind surfing, kayaking and jet-skiing 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.

Bird Watching:
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.

Getting Around:
There are no buses available in Umm Al Quwain, so people generally take taxis, which are plentiful, reasonable and easily available.