Here Are Top 10 Activities to Do While You’re in Umm Al Quwain

Lined along the coast of the Arabian Gulf, Umm Al Quwain is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The striking emirate is adorned with serene beaches and archaeological sites showcasing its extravagant past. You can venture freely and immerse yourself in multiple activities such as taking boat rides to Siniya Island and kitesurfing at the Kite Beach Centre. Amidst many other attractions, you can visit the Dreamland Aqua Park, which is a central sight of this peaceful and charming emirate as it is one of the largest water parks in the UAE. Additionally, among many other things to do in Umm Al Quwain, the emirate also has a traditional souq (market) where you can buy handicrafts, textiles, and spices.

Kayaking at Mangrove Beach
Kayaking at Mangrove Beach

An astounding location snuggled in Khor Al Yeefrah at Umm Al Quwain , which was previously hidden in the Emirate, is now prevalent with thatched parasols, swings, barbecue areas and a cafe. You can rent kayaks to explore the popular local wildlife like stingrays and turtles and see the mangrove ecosystem that surrounds the Emirate. The beach being a popular sunset picnic point, lets you spin freely to the energetic DJ tunes at the weekends. As you enter the beach, cars must pay a small entry fee, but the facilities and the beautiful setting make the trip worthwhile.

Camel Racing at the Labsah Track
Camel Racing at the Labsah Track

Emirate’s authentic side can be experienced through camel racing which is a traditional Emirati sport that is enjoyed by both royals and non-royals. Amidst the large and sprawling complex you can catch sight of the races around the 4km track that are usually held on weekends during the winter months. Among many other things to do in Umm Al Quwain, the occasion will give you an opportunity to take a glimpse of the locals displaying prized possessions at the camel racing in Labsah.

Birdwatching in Khor Al Beidah
Birdwatching in Khor Al Beidah

Khor Al Beidah is a beautiful coastal area in the Umm Al Quwain which offers a popular visiting destination for birdwatching enthusiasts. As you visit this incredible tidal wetland, get a chance to interact with them as well as other marine creatures. Not just this, but you can also take a glimpse of the area's diverse ecosystem that includes mangrove forests, mudflats and salt pans, which provide a habitat for a wide variety of exotic bird species.

Overnight Camping in Dreamland Aqua Park
Overnight Camping in Dreamland Aqua Park

Dreamland, one of the region's oldest and famous water parks, is a place that offers a riveting overnight camping experience where you can extend your stay and have an immersive water park adventure. The overnight camps are located within the park's premises where you can try stargazing and sitting around bonfires to keep yourself entertained throughout the night. The camps are equipped with comfortable tents, sleeping bags and other amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Additionally, you can also rent an air-conditioned cabana for the day and enjoy multiple water rides, live entertainment and barbeque dinners under the stars.


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Kitesurfing at Kite Beach Centre
Kitesurfing at Kite Beach Centre

One of the Gulf’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, the Kite beach exhibits stunning evenings with vibrant sunsets. Spend your day by the white- sandy beach by undertaking an exciting kitesurfing experience at the first certified kitesurfing school in the Emirates. Its prime location, ideal wind and water conditions, professional instruction and equipment rental services makes it an accessible sport for all skill levels in a safe and secure environment. Therefore, amongst many other things to do in Umm Al Quwain, kitesurfing at the Kite Beach Centre assures you an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy Burratas at Thunder Road Pizza & Grill
Enjoy Burratas at Thunder Road Pizza & Grill

Dubai is certainly known for its diverse culinary scene, with a wide range of international cuisines represented in the city and the Thunder Road Pizza & Grill is one such restaurant that is definitely worth trying. The restaurant, run by Italians, offers dishes that will give you a live Italian experience, with dozens of home-made cheeses, to-die-for pizza and to top it all off, stunning views of the ocean from the terrace. The house-made burrata is a must-order. The Grill is an ideal space with a pool table and children's playground at the Barracuda Beach Resort, making it well worth a day trip up the coast.

Explore the maze- layout of the Umm Al Quwain Fort and Museum
Explore the maze- layout of the Umm Al Quwain Fort and Museum

The oldest historical building, now a renovated fort turned into a museum, is a standing testament to the tiny Emirate’s past. You can explore the museum with its maze-like layouts including the watchtower, courtyard and the defensive walls. In addition to its architectural significance, you can also enjoy the numerous cultural festivals in the museum which run throughout the year, including traditional music and dance performances. The museum is even more tempting with a classic restaurant that serves traditional Emirati food where you can try local delicacies. The fort is also stationed close to the beach which gives a spectacular view of the sea.

Airshow at the Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub
Airshow at the Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub

The airshow at Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub is an annual thrilling event that showcases the latest and greatest vintage aircraft and aerial displays in aviation technology. You can take a glimpse of these powerful machines performing breathtaking maneuvers in the sky. The highlight of the airshow is the aerobatics display, which features pilots performing daring stunts in the sky. Amongst many other things to do in Umm Al Quwain, the Aeroclub also offers a chance to take a scenic flight or participate in flight training courses.

Boat Ride to Siniya Island
Boat Ride to Siniya Island

Take a boat from the coast to Siniya Island, east of Umm Al Quwain, where the eight-kilometer island provides an excellent flair to the emirate's history and natural beauty. Umm Al Quwain residents first settled on the island 200 years ago before moving to the mainland. You can catch a glimpse of the variety of wildlife on the island, including the Socotra Cormorant and the Arabian Gazelle amidst the mangroves, ghaf trees and desert flora and fauna. As you ramble around the island, you will also come across diverse archaeological sites, including graves, structural remains and towers.

Picnic at the Falaj Al Mualla Garden Park
Picnic at the Falaj Al Mualla Garden Park

Falaj Al Mualla Garden Park in Umm Al Quwain is a fun and exciting place for children to enjoy themselves. If you are with kids and family and are expecting a peaceful day for a picnic amidst nature, the park offers an excellent space for multiple activities. The playground has swings that are perfect for children of all ages along with a variety of games, including hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, and more.Therefore, amongst many other things to do in Umm Al Quwain, the playground is a great place for children to make new friends and socialize.

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