UMM AL QAIWAIN
Its Arabic name, Mother of Two Powers, refers to Umm Al Quwain’s indomitable power over both land and sea. And its location on a narrow peninsula of sand jutting north from the road linking Sharjah to Ras Al Khaimah lends it many charms.
Umm Al Quwain city is located besides a large creek, and the old town and the business district are at the northern tip of the peninsula, along King Faisal Road.
The Emirate of Um Al Quwain is located on the Arabic Gulf coast and extends to about 24 km between Al Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah with a total area of about 77 square kilometers which is equivalent to 1% of the UAE. The city has been built on a narrow peninsula called Khor Al Bidiyah. It contains about 7 castles and a museum in one of these castels.
Um Al Quwain has witnessed a comprehensive renaissance and has attained successive achievements and mutations and in all cultural, social, urban and economical fields based on the belief of its ruler that the present renaissance, in any case, is as important as the originality of the past.
Its strategic location, on the clear blue water of the Gulf, has promoted the sector of hotels and resorts to be expanded and developed. The same has offered the emirate a tourist dimension for the recreation and the heritage and eco-tourism due to the availability of natural beauty, green agricultural oases, sand oases, dunes and ancient castles that give the tourism sector in the emirate a historical and cultural dimension.
The most important areas of the Emirate of Um Al Quwain are:
Falaj Al Maala region
The name of Falaj Al Maala is derived from Al Falaj is an underground water channel in which the water flows from the springhead to the mouth due to the downward ground in order to irrigate the agricultural lands. The water of Al Falaj flows alongside the valley. Thus, the spreading agriculture in Falaj Maala is due to the fertile soil and the availability of fresh water. In spite of its fame in the agricultural field, it has developed and transformed from a village into a city that includes modern buildings.
Al Surah region
This area is famous for the presence of a lot of hawks hunting. It is one of the most famous land places in the city. The wild mushrooms which is known locally as Al Faqaa or Al-Zubaidi and a lot of plants such as Al Hammad, Al Sidaf and Aldaghabes can be seen plentifully in winter.
Dreamland is the largest and biggest tourist project which occupies (200,000 ms) along Umm Al Quwain beach considered a large recreational resort and home for the biggest water games.
Seniah Island is considered one of the biggest tourist islands in the region with a total area of 90 km square which attracts tourist to enjoy the green nature which attracts seagulls, heron, rabbits, wild deer as well as some early Islam archaeological sites.