Anchored by an aquamarine lagoon, the laid-back Emirate of Umm Al Quwain is all about sun, sand and swaying palms. There's a bustling Old Town, fascinating cultural museum to visit and a wildlife-rich deserted island.
Things to do in Umm al-Quwain
Uninhabited Al Sinniyah Island is a haven for wildlife. The island is a protected marine zone and is home to lush mangrove swamps and a noisy colony of Socotra cormorants. It's a great place to birdwatch, with the chance to spot flamingos, gulls, terns, migrating seabirds and magnificent peregrine falcons.
Housed in a beautifully-restored 18th-century fort, the Umm Al Quwain Museum is a fascinating place to discover local history. It features an impressive collection of artefacts including lavish Bedouin jewellery, ancient weapons and archaeological finds from famous sites like Abraq and Al Dour.
Kids and adults alike will love Dreamland Aqua Park. You can speed down thrilling waterslides, ride along white-water rafting rides, relax in an oversized Jacuzzi and splash in family-friendly swimming pools.
For a glimpse at the Emirati tradition of camel racing, head to the nearby village of Falaj Al Moalla. It's home to one of the UAE's busiest camel racing tracks and is surrounded by golden sand dunes. Most races take place in the morning.
Getting around Umm al-Quwain
The best way to explore the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain is by car or hailing a a taxi. From Umm Al Quwain, you can drive to Sharjah in 30 minutes and Dubai in 45 minutes.