+971 4 392 6100 info@aoryx.ae

Umm Al Quwain Travel

The Mother of Two Powers

Umm al-Quwain translated as the ‘Mother of Two Powers’ refers to the strong heritage of oceangoing among the tribes in the emirate. Umm al-Quwain is located in the nothern part of the federation between Ajman and Ras al-Khaimah and is the smallest out of the seven emirates with a population of approximately 65,000. It is also the only emirate where the female population outnumbers the males. Like its four neighboring regions Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al-Khaimah, Umm Al-Quwain is located along the vital trade route between Asia and India. 

Geographically, Umm Al-Quwain features lush coastal mangroves that line the shores of the Persian Gulf, large rolling sand dunes in the interior, and fertile land around Falaj Al Moalla, which is a natural oasis and hinterland town that lies 50km from Umm al-Quwain city. Umm Al-Quwain is filled with natural beauty and manmade tourist attractions, drawing many sightseers and tourists from bigger regions like Dubai. 

The history of Umm Al Quwain dates back to remote antiquity. The earliest settlements in Umm Al Quwain had strong Hellenistic traits; some of these are more than 7,000 years old. Traces of these ancient communities are still distinct in Al Dour, near the town of Umm Al Quwain. Al Dour was an important trading port approximately in the period 200 BC to 200 AD. The site is interesting not only due to its fort and cemeteries but also because of the discovery, of a temple which has been attributed to the sun god. 

The modern history of Umm Al Quwain can be traced back to some 200 years ago, when the Al Ali tribe moved their capital from Al Sinniyah Island to its present location in the mid 18th century. Umm Al-Quwain began in 1775 when Sheikh Majid Al Mualla of the Al Ali tribe established Umm Al-Quwain as an independent sheikdom.

Umm Al Quwain Travel

Sight & Attractions
Shopping in Umm Al Quwain
Mouthwatering Cuisines

Dhow building is a popular activity in Umm Al-Quwain. In the dhow building yard, craftsmen continue to build these traditional boats. These wooden dhows are widely used for inshore and long-distance fishing as well as for tourism and recreation. It is for the strength of the basic designs that dhows are still in much use and there is still considerable demand for new wooden dhows.

Falconry is an integral part of desert life which has been practiced in the UAE for centuries. Shahin or peregrine falcons can be seen in the region of Umm al-Quwain, as can the Al-Hur light-skinned hunting hawk.

To witness the fascinating sport of Camel Racing, the Al Labsa race tracks is the best place to be. It is set amidst large dunes offering picturesque views. During the winter months, the camels race early in the morning on Thursdays and Fridays. Camel caravans are a familiar site crossing the desert from one race track to another.

Bird watching is exceptionally rewarding in Umm Al-Quwain. Khor al Beidah, to the south and east of the city is one popular bird watching site, as is Al Sinniyah Island, a marine sanctuary covering 90 square kilometers. The landscape which features shallow lagoons and mud flats combine to create the perfect habitats for feeding and nesting for several species of heron and plover, and also flamingos, terns, and gulls.

The Umm Al-Quwain Museum is located in a renovated ancient fort which used to guard the entrance to the old town. The museum contains artifacts found at nearby archeological sites. Al-Dur, another important historical coastal city which was excavated contains many interesting artifacts.

For recreational activities, Umm al-Quwain has numerous options from sailing in quiet lagoon water to more daring activities such as skydiving, water skiing and windsurfing. Jet skiing and and kayaking are also popular watersports in Umm al-Quwain. The area also has a horseback riding club, and the Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub, which is known worldwide for skydiving. Aircraft are also available, including ultralights, Cessna single engine planes, and a plane for aerobatics. There is also a motor racing club where participants can experience off-road dune buggy racing and motor hiking.

Perhaps the biggest tourist attraction in the city is Dreamland, the UAE’s largest water park. This 250,000 square meter park features a high-salinity pool, a wave pool, raft rides, several enormous water slides, a lazy river, swimming pool, and a spa-like pool with a bar for relaxing. Dreamland also offers overnight camping on the premises.

Umm Al Quwain also has great shops like the Lulu Hypermarket offering garments, grocery, foodstuffs, perfumes and electronics, the Salma Market – although small is known for cheap clothes, Al Manamah Hypermarket – is good to shop and offers garments, groceries, foodstuff and perfumes and electronics.

Any tour of Umm al-Quwain will remain incomplete without a visit to some of the popular restaurants and bars. Though being the smallest emirate, there is no shortage of options for mouthwatering recipes. Most of them specialize in Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine while also offering a rich selection of international options. 

At the restaurants and Bars in Umm al-Quwain, you can ask for Arabic Mezze, hot mezzes with chicken shawarma, falafel, spicy aubergines and Kebab Kashkash which are some of the most popular dishes in UAE.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
We are using cookies to give you the best experience. You can find out more about cookies & privacy in privacy settings.
AcceptPrivacy Settings


  • Privacy Policy
  • Information Security

Privacy Policy

Arabian Oryx can collect and use Travel Agency Partner’s or it Guests’ & Customers’ personal details especially when they get in touch with us to enquire about our services or at the time of booking a tour package.

We collect the following personal information from you;

Contact Information such as name, gender, DoB, passport number, Email address

Billing Information such as credit card number and billing address

Unique Identifiers such as username, password and account number

Usage activity about how you interact with us such as booking history

As is true of most Web sites, we automatically gather information about your computer such as your IP

address, browser type, referring/exit pages, and operating system.

By submitting such details, you allow us to utilize your personal data for further relevant purpose.

The Travel Agency Partner’s or it Guests’ & Customers’ personal information collected via the website, Email or other sources is primarily used to confirm booking, authenticate credit card information, and process the payment. Apart from utilizing it for activities intended to improve the website’s performance, this information can also be submitted to airline or accommodation service provider, depending on their preferred service package.

Information Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. The data provided for processing payment through payment gateway is encoded and transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) protocol, a system widely used to encrypt data automatically before transmitting it to us.

No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Arabian Oryx takes Travel Agency Partner’s or it Guests’ & Customers’ privacy concerns seriously and will not share their personal information without their consent. All credit/debit cards details and personally identifiable information will NOT be sold, shared, rented or leased to any third parties.

In order to obey a court order or safeguard the Arabian Oryx rights, we may have to disclose Travel Agency Partner’s or it Guests’ & Customers’ private details.

We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data.

We restrict access to personal information to our employees, partners and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.