Umm Al Quwain is one of the quieter areas of the UAE and has the smallest population. It is looking to develop economically and recently unveiled its growth strategy for the next three years with special focus on four key sectors – the general economy, heritage, infrastructure and public sector development.
The emirate established the Ahmed Bin Rashid Free Zone in 1998 within the port and adjacent land to encourage foreign investment. Umm Al Quwain has no airport of its own, but the free zone is situated just 55 kilometres from Dubai International Airport. It offers 100% foreign ownership and promises company formation in just three to four days.
Despite its many and natural landscape and wildlife attractions, international tourism is not highly developed in Umm Al Quwain, but it is popular with visitors from the region. A major attraction is Dreamland, which is the country’s largest water park and attracts visitors from around the UAE. The emirate also offers the Marine Club, and the Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub, a renowned centre for skydiving. There is also a motor racing club, which hosts regular motorbike and car racing events, on and off road.
Umm al-Quwain means “Mother of two powers” is one of the emirates in the United Arab Emirates. It is located in the north of the country. It covers an area of 800 square kilometers and stretches from the beautiful, lush green coastal mangroves lining the shores of the Persian Gulf, inland across the rolling sand dunes to the fertile oasis surrounding Falaj Al Moalla.
Umm Al Quwain exhibits far more topographical diversity than the other emirates in the UAE. Umm-al-Quwain is the fastest growing spot for extreme sports. It has numerous places worth visiting.
Dreamland Aqua Park
It is the world largest aqua park. Dreamland Aqua Park is the multi-purpose facility is considered one of the largest water theme parks in the UAE. The Go kart competitions, water polo, beach volleyball and even overnight camping attract the young and the old. It includes 25 aquatic and non-aquatic attractions for children and adults. The food stalls and restaurants here serves a variety of food like pizzas, hamburgers, fries, doughnuts, salads, seafood, fruit cocktails, soft fizzy drinks, fruits and cotton candy.
The Dhow Building Yard
The dhow building yard where craftsmen still manufacture traditional boats is another site that should not be missed. In the old town, around the fort, you can see the charming old coral stone houses still display features of the original architecture and intricate sculptured plaster work.
The Aquarium is located in the headland of the new port. It is the part of the Marine Research Centre. It showcases the vast variety of sea creatures. It also includes rays, snakes and corals.
Islands of Umm Al Quwain:
Islands of Umm Al Quwain lie to the east of the mainland peninsula. It sandy islands with dense mangrove thickets; the islands are separated from one another by narrow creeks.
In the inland, the road to the Camel race track at Al Labsa affords interesting glimpses of the surrounding terrain. 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”.
Umm Al Quwain Museum
The renovated old fort of Umm Al Quwain is changed to Umm Al Quwain Museum. The museum has an invaluable collection of artifacts that were excavated from important nearby sites like Al Dour, and provides a fascinating insight to bygone a eons. Restoration work is scheduled to recreate the aged wall that once surrounded the original settlement.