UMM AL QUWAIN
LAND OF ADVENTURE :
This name comes from Umm Al Quwatain, which means ‘mother of 2 powers’, possibly because this has been a land of sea-farers. It lies between Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah and runs across 800 sq km of beautiful stretches of sand dunes and coastal mangroves towards the lush oasis near Falaj Al Moalla. Traditionally these people have been in to date cultivation and fishing. It is ruled by HH Sheikh Saoud Bin Rashid Al Mu’alla under whose leadership the Emirate has progressed in leaps and bounds. This state is marked by an enclosed lagoon, seaport, the Research and Pisciculture Centre and it has many companies, banks, establishments and commercial markets.
GET IN TO ACTION :
This is certainly a place for the adventurous and strong at heart. If you crave excitement, there are plenty of sports for you.
Dreamland Aqua Park : one of the largest water parks in the Country, and a grand venue for events, launches and concerts, this park hosts 25 exciting rides that will take your breath away.
Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub : fly high or dive from the sky. Take a lesson in parasailing, hot air ballooning or para motoring. Just remember the sky is the limit.
Helicopter Rides : simply enjoy the ride or rent out one for a day or year. The aeroclub is very reasonable.
Watersports : go sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, kayaking or jet skiing. Or take a canoe ride down the stream to explore deserted islands and mangoves.
Umm Al Quwain Motor Racing Club : go motor hiking or enjoy the thrill of an off road dune buggy racer in our special purpose arenas. We promise you goose bumps.
DO NOT MISS :
The MarineResearch Centre (Aquarium) : take a prior appointment and make a date with sea life like rays, snakes, corals and other aqua creatures. The BarracudaBeach Resort arranges group trips.
The Islandsof Umm Al Quwain : surrounded by mangroves and separated by creeks, the largest one is Al Sinniyah, then Jazirat Al Ghallah and Al Keabe. Indulge in the sun, the sand and the sea.
Camel Racing and Desert Camping : you must visit the track at Al Lasba, where camels are raced every Thursday and Friday morning. Indulge in dune basing or enjoy an Arabian night of sheer romance at the most beautiful desert camps you can find.
Umm Al Quwain Museum : a house of artefacts and relics that have been found from various excavation sites have their own story to tell. As does the renovated structure which was originally a grand old fort. Quaint coral stone houses around the area reveal the original architecture and sculptured plaster work.
Umm Al Quwain Corniche : the right place to get your peace as you immerse yourself in the sounds of the ocean.
Falaj Al Mualla Garden Park : for family fun in the form of a barbeque area, children’s playpark, fun rides, bike, quad bike and tricycle rides and rentals as well as a mini grocery. All in one, it’s fun for everyone.
Birdwatching : sight a Heron, Gull, Tern, Plover or Flamingo and if you are really lucky you will see the Great Cormorants. Falconry is still common amongst the people here.
Dhow Building : is carried out in a yard where these traditional boats are still assembled just the way they were aeons ago.
WAY TO GO :
Taxis : always at your service at fairly reasonable rates.
Bus : unheard of in this area.