Umm Al Quwain is one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. It’s a charming, lesser-known emirate offering visitors a blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage and modern beachfront resorts.
Staying at a luxury resort in Umm Al Quwain, you can enjoy the warm, turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. Beyond your hotel you can explore ancient ruins at the UNESCO-listed Ed-Dur archaeological site, go birdwatching at the Khor Al Beidah tidal wetland reserve, and take scenic drives through breathtaking desert landscapes. Those who want to stay active can explore the mangrove forests on a kayaking tour. Umm Al Quwain is also home to Dreamland Aqua Park, one of the largest waterparks in the Middle East, making it a good choice for a family holiday.
Umm Al Quwain offers a mix of traditional and modern shopping experiences. Visitors can explore traditional souks, such as the Old Souk and the Friday Market, to find authentic local products including textiles, spices and handicrafts. For more modern shopping, there are several malls, including the Mall of UAQ, offering international brands and a range of dining options.
On an Umm Al Quwain holiday, you’ll be less than an hour’s drive from Dubai, so it’s easy to combine a great-value beach break with the attractions of this mega-city.