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Umm Al Quwain is one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates with around 90,000 inhabitants. The second smallest emirate in the country, is located in the north and borders the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the northeast, the Emirate of Sharjah in the east, south and southwest and the Persian Gulf in the west and north.

The small emirate's most important economic sectors are the cultivation of date palms, the most important poultry farm in the United Arab Emirates, fishing, ancient boat building and the constantly increasing tourism.

The capital of the emirate is the eponymous Umm Al Quwain city with around 70,000 inhabitants.

The sights of the city and the emirate include the water park “Dreamland Aquapark”, the UAQ National Museum, the Umm Al Quwain Fort, the abandoned Ilyushin IL 76 at the Barracuda Hotel, the kilometer-long open beach, the small museum in the antiques center, the ruins the three old defense towers, the aquarium, the oasis of Falaj al Moalla, the mangrove-covered bay “Chaur al-Beidah”, the offshore island of as-Siniyya, the historic port city of al-Dur and the oriental old town of the capital.

In the last few years I have been to the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain over 20 times, but mostly only to transit to the north of the country or to the Omani exclave of Musandam.

In front of the emirate's capital there is a long peninsula that juts out like a sickle into the Persian Gulf. However, this beautiful headland is largely undeveloped.

The emirate's long, open and untouched sandy beach is considered a little insider tip. This beach is often deserted and you can calmly collect tons of shells, corals and other things washed up by the sea.