23 kilometers along the coast of the Arabian Gulf, this small peninsular
emirate lies between the emirates of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. The
city of Umm Al Quwain has also witnessed a boom in development activities
with modern buildings, roads, parks, and other amenities being the
feature. The traditional occupation of this emirate has been fishing
and date cultivation. The Ruler of Umm Al Quwain is H.H. Sheikh Rashid
bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla. He succeeded his father in 1981.
Located along the coast near Umm Al Quwain is the famous archaeological
site with the remains of a once important town of the region dating a
little over 2000 years ago. Several interesting objects including impressive
stone houses, large storage jars, and glassware from Egypt and Syria
have been unearthed with successive excavations.
Umm Al Quwain's attraction lies in its long clean beaches, an enclosed
lagoon and public horse riding stables. Located 50 kilometres south of
Umm Al Qaiwain is Falaj Al Mulla, the agricultural part of the Emirate.
Seneyah Island, one kilometre away from the town of Umm Al Quwain, is
a natural reserve for a large species of birds, deer and Al Qaram trees.
Al Siniyyah Island - Across the creek from Umm Al Quwain city
lies this island, a haven for birds. The bird sanctuary is also
noted for its mangrove swamps, representing an extremely delicate
and a fast-dwindling ecosystem.
Sprawling over 250,000 sq mts along the coast is Dreamland, a huge entertainment
complex, offering a variety of water games and rides, a souk to take
care of your shopping needs, and restaurants and fast-food outlets to
satiate your growing appetite, an ideal family destination. Now tourism
in Umm Al Quwain will receive a further boost with "Dreamland" -
the world's largest aquapark.
Umm Al Quwain Beach,
United Arab Emirates,
Umm Al Quwain,
PO Box 158.