TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN UMM AL QUWAIN
A memorable experience of watching migratory birds like heron, sea gulls, terns, plovers and especially beautiful flocks of flamingos in their natural habitat contrasting in their pink coats against the rugged landscape and blue water. These birds are easy to spot during November to March as they fly down to feed or nest. For birdwatchers Khor Al Beidah and many spots in east and south of Umm Al Quwain is the place to experience such wildlife. These shallow lagoons and mud flats make for the perfect home to these migratory birds before the temperatures start to rise in the region.
To familiarise yourself with the roots of Umm Al Quwain just a drive down the dune laden roads to the town centre and the beaches is not enough. As mentioned before about the region being UAE’s archeological paradise, the museum houses many artefacts from 1300 BC dug up in the region. The museum it self is a renovated fort that was an entrance to the old town of Umm Al Quwain.
WATER SPORTS AND ACTIVTIES
One of of the best places to get your adrenalin rush on and explore the region from it’s waters. There are water activities like jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, paragliding and water skiing. Other than these activities there’s canoeing and sailing through the calm waters to the scenic islands in the region and explore the famous mangrove swamp to encounter wildlife such as flamingos, turtles, crabs and flying fish.
ISLANDS OF UAQ
As mentioned, sailing or canoeing to few of these Umm Al Quwain islands separated with beautiful creeks like the Mandaar creek, are a great idea. On the east of the region these sandy islands are surrounded by marshlands with thick mangrove forest housing several wildlife in their natural Habitat. There in total seven islands and the three main ones are Al Sinniyah, Jazirat Al Ghallah and Al Keabe. And, the other small ones are Al Sow, Al Harmala, Al Cheweria and Al Qaram.
Recently UAE has become the hub for experiencing world class adrenalin rush at its many theme parks and Dreamland is the largest waterpark in the UAE, as well as one of the major tourist attractions. Just hour and a half drive from Dubai along with fun park features it has a spa like pool with a bar for relaxing.