Umm Al Quwain
About Umm Al Quwain
The northern emirate of Umm Al Quwain located on the Arabian Gulf, between Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah on the western coast, is one of the smallest in the country, as it spans over 750 square km. Despite its small surface, the emirate boasts several historical landmarks such as the Umm Al Quwain fort and the Dour pre-Islamic site, as well natural characteristics from the islands to the sandy beaches surrounded by mangrove forests
The population of Umm Al Quwain counts 62,000 inhabitants.
Umm Al Quwain build on economic strengths
The most sparsely populated of the seven emirates, Umm Al Quwain has by no means been left behind in the country's economic renaissance.
Umm Al Quwain has developed and diversified its economic spheres, improved its port and industrial infrastructure, and capitalized on its natural beauty and remarkable heritage to spur tourism. All in all, Umm Al Quwain's advances in the last decade have positioned it as one of the fastest developing emirates in the UAE.
Focusing largely on tourism, the emirate is promoting its historic and natural heritage and developing the concept of eco-tourism. In terms of public sector development, Umm Al Quwain is enhancing the efficiency of operations and investing in capacity building and human resource development.
Infrastructure has been given a boost by the expansion of the creek and wharves and the construction of the Ahmed Bin Rashid Port and Free Zone. Consequently, Umm Al Quwain has built up strong cement and aluminum industries.
Umm Al Quwain is the heart of the UAE
Located in the centre of the country, Umm Al Quwain is an emirate boasting great natural beauty and a strong sense of heritage. Modern industries blend seamlessly with tradition trades in this, the ancient heart of the UAE.
One of the emirate's most respected institutions, the UAQ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UAQCCI) is dedicated to aiding the private sector in expanding its opportunities both locally and internationally.
The UAQCCI not only serves as the organized voice of the private sector, but also as a helping hand and reliable counselor. The institution represents members before the government for any issues impacting on their businesses, advises in ways to boost or start their entrepreneurial ventures, as well as supporting local companies when seeking contacts in other countries.
Thanks to the UAQCCI, the emirate's private sector is growing and picking up pace, close behind its neighbors in the north. Umm Al Quwain is heading in the right direction. "We know we are a small emirate," accepts Ali Ben Salem, "but we have big ambitions and an even bigger vision."
Umm Al Quwain has developed a sophisticated tourism industry, thanks to its beautiful beaches, pristine islands with mangrove forests, exotic flora and fauna, historical sites, and two water parks. The emirate is home to the UAE's largest colony of Socotra Cormorants; with over 15,000 pairs, it is the third largest in the world. Recently introduced Arabian gazelle are prospering on Sinniyah Island, while a plethora of black tip reef sharks and green turtles call the waters of Umm Al Quwain home.