Umm Al Quwain

Information

Type of the vacation

Family, Beach

Population

69,936 as of 2008

Area size

777 sq. km

The Emirate Umm Al Quwain is located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf and its territory stretches on about 24 kilometers along the coast between the Emirates of Sharjah (west) and Ras Al Khaimah (east) . The area of Umm Al Quwain is approximately 777 square kilometers , which is equivalent to 1 % of the total area of the country (its islands excluded) . The Population of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain is 49159 according to the census of December 2005 . The city of Umm Al Quwain is the capital of the Emirate .

The population, of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain, is 49 159 people , according to the census of December 2005. The city of Umm Al Quwain is the capital of the Emirate . There is a deep Creek in the city with a length of about five kilometers and a width of one kilometer . The city is the residence of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla . It also hosts all government departments , companies, banks , commercial markets , commercial seaport and the Marine Research Center, that helps in the development of fisheries in the country .

Umm al Quwain’s Corniche – the best place in the world for those who want to enjoy the sound of the waves and the tranquility of the Arabian nights. For first-class fragrant smoke hookah, most of the tourists just so spends the evening, enjoy a hearty meal first.

Local Currency

The local currency is the dirham, which is pegged at AED 3.67 to 1 US dollar.

Rulers

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Mualla is the Ruler of Umm Al Quwain. He was born on 1 October 1952. He became the Ruler and a member of the Supreme Council after the demise of his father Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmad Al Mualla on 2 January 2009..

Sheikh Saud received his early education in Umm Al Quwain and his high school education in Lebanon, after which he completed his higher education in Economics from the University of Cairo in 1974.

History

Archaeological evidences indicate its ties with the ancient Mesopotamia and the Umm Al Nar civilisations. Alakaab island, dating back to the Neolithic period was used for slaughtering dugongs.

The modern history of Umm Al Quwain began around 200 years ago when the Al Ali tribe moved from Seniah island to its present location due to scarce water resources.

In 1775, Sheikh Majed Al Mualla, founder of the ruling Al Mualla lineage of the Al Ali tribe, established an independent Sheikhdom in Umm Al Quwain.

Economy

Fishing is a key contributor to the economy of Umm Al Quwain. The emirate exports seafood throughout Europe and Middle East.The first poultry farm in the UAE was established in Falaj Al Mualla. It is considered a key supplier of poultry and dairy products to the local market. The construction of Ahmed Bin Rashid Port and the Free Trade Zone signifies the emirate’s plans towards expanding its commercial and investment base.

Landmarks

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

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.

 

Camel Racing

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.

Nature and environment

The emirate has rich coastal mangroves on the coast of Arabian Gulf and many islands that lie to the east of the mainland. The biggest island, Al Seniah, is home to Arabian gazelles, falcons and turtles.

Falaj Al Mualla is the agricultural area of the emirate located 50 km south of Umm Al Quwain

Population

The population of UAE nationals mid-2010 was 17,482 comprising 8,671 males and 8,811 females. This is the only emirate where females outnumber males.

Geography

Umm Al Quwain is the second smallest and the least populated emirate. It covers an area of approximately 77 sq km which is equivalent to 1 per cent of the UAE’s area. It is situated between Sharjah to the southwest and Ras Al Khaimah to the northeast. The city of Umm Al Quwain is built on a narrow peninsula called Khor Al Bidiyah.

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