Visiting the UAE? Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah could be the spots on your mind. There are lesser-known places to visit in the UAE and let's take a look at one. Among the seven Emirates in the UAE, Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) is one of the least heard of Emirates. Today I will discuss the best places to visit in Umm Al Quwain. Different birds and camels, quiet beaches and lagoons, beautiful dusk and economical accommodation portray a different picture of the Emirate.
Located in between Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman, UAQ is the smallest Emirate in the UAE. The Emirate is mostly spotted with industries and factories and the residential areas. Being one of the best places to reside in the UAE in terms of less-expenses, UAQ attracts many people. Less crowd and less traffic make it a better place for families to live peacefully. The administration is making sure to patronize the best places to visit in Umm Al Quwain. If you are touring the UAE, make sure to spend a day or two in UAQ too.
Dreamland Aqua Park
Situated on UAQ-RAK Emirates Road, the aqua park is a cool highlight on all seasons. With scores of different water-based games and rides, it is a major attraction in UAQ. Families with children always keep the area abuzz. During the less popular gulf summer, parks such as these become splashes of relaxation. You can reach the location in around 30 minutes from the city centre. Certainly, it is one of the best places to visit in Umm Al Quwain.
If you are excited about driving and racing, you have a good treat awaiting here. Not very far from Dreamland Aqua Park, Emirates Motorplexis also situated on the UAQ-RAK Emirates Road. It is one of the oldest clubs in the U.A.E that encourages car and motorcycle racing activities. You can enjoy the thrill of off-road driving and racing in a specially allotted arena.
A familiar sight for regular travellers on UAQ-RAK Emirates Road and a curious attraction for first-timers. The dusk turns the area to be a good spot for photography.
Umm Al-Quwain Museum
Built in the late 1700s, Umm Al Quwain Fort was Sheikh's residence back then. During the course of time, the Fort survived attacks to bring it down. It has been restored and since the year 2000, it is open to the public as Umm Al-Quwain Museum.
UAQ Marine Club
It is a family-oriented club. It provides you with a tranquil sea-side abode or a pulsating activity-filled outing. With lots of amenities and activities, this is one of the spots that shouldn't be missed if you are touring UAQ.
Falaj Al Mualla Garden Park
It is a garden-park located nearly 30 KMs away from UAQ town and is one of the best places to visit in Umm Al Quwain with family. You can enjoy several water games, avail pool facility and spend time leisurely walking around in the green gardens.
If you are looking for a secluded gateway location, you have one here. With eye-catching Egyptian artworks around and several games and activities on offer, you have lots to do here. Pools, snooker, video games, shisha bar, beachside restaurant, etc. can keep you engaged for long.
Sheikh Zayed Park
Next to Palma Bowling, you can visit Sheikh Zayed Park. The recreation and play areas are meant for visitors of all age groups. You can enjoy games like basketball, volleyball and handball. The park is embellished with palm trees and other beautiful plants to create an enjoyable atmosphere.
Beaches, Lagoons, Sand Dunes
Whether you are an Emirati or an ex-pat, winter entices you to venture out at night. Be not surprised, people travel even from Dubai to UAQ to spend hassle-free nights. Beaches, lagoons and sand dunes are certainly the best places to visit in Umm Al Quwain during winter. To fish, to swim, to cook, people find these spots in UAQ just perfect.
Not very far from the city are these spots of Seneyah mangrove islands. Migratory birds like flamingos, herons, terns among others make a home at Seneyah Island. Between November-February, the area becomes vibrant with these birds. People are seen flocking in for bird watching and relaxing.
If you are looking for less crowded beaches for adventurous activities, UAQ beaches are ideal spots for you. Proximity to the city, ease of parking spots adds a bonus to availability of sports like water-skiing, kayaking, wind-surfing and jet-skiing. Even if you are visiting the seashores just to relax, jog, or to swim, the beaches here are clean and mostly less populous.
To see around the places in UAQ, you only need a day. It is the late evening-night life that should excite you. The Emirate offers you more affiliation to nature and natural quietness.
To shop around in the town, you have choices from three Lulu Malls, Nesto, Carrefour, China Mall, City Mall among others.
As for eateries, like in all Emirates UAQ offers a number of options. KFC, Arabian Chicken Hut, Hot Burger Restaurant, Cardoba restaurants, Winner's restaurant and Thalasseri restaurant are all good choices. You can also enjoy Pakistan, Indian, Chinese and Afghanistan cuisines from different food joints in the town. Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotel, Barracuda Beach Resort, Pearl Hotel, Palma Beach Hotel, and Royal Residence Resort Villas are options for your accommodation.
Best Time to Visit
You will enjoy being here from November to February when the climate is cool.
How to reach UAQ?
Sharjah is the nearest airport. The next one is in Dubai. There is no rail route to U.A.Q, but Emirate Road and Sheikh Zayed Road connect the Emirate well.
A Travel enthusiast and Foodie, craving to explore the intricate beauty of nature and its gift of delectable treats. Pens down his thoughts and experiences to present a delightful journey for his readers