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Ideal duration: 1-2 Days
Best time: November - March
Umm al-Quwain is the least populous and the second smallest emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The emirate covers an area of 750 square kilometres. Umm al-Quwain is a city not exposed to catastrophic urbanisation like its neighbours and the city still remains reminiscent of its past as a fishing hub.
Umm al-Quwain at first seems a neglected city, and it actually is to some extent. The city has no extravagant malls or luxury hotels to boast off and is still reminiscent of a fishing village, with dhows carved out on the beach. What the city lacks in infrastructure and urbanisation, it more than makes up for with its large population of green turtles and mangroves. The emirate contrasts starkly with its other siblings, especially in the pace of life which is laid-back and peaceful. The rents here are less than a third of what it is in Dubai. The place has an authentic charm, an exhibit to what UAE was before modernisation. It effectively represents what UAE was before getting its oil wealth; undeveloped, neglected, torn-down and relatively poor. It still basks in the remains of its once-flourishing fishing culture as evident from the importance of seafood export to its economy. Umm al-Quwain exports seafood all over Europe and Middle-East.
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Coasts, Mangroves, Laid back lifestyle, Perfect for birdwatchers, Historically valuable
Rural, underdeveloped, seemingly poor infrastructure, not much to do
Umm al-Quwain has only one domestic airport. There are no public buses available either. Personal vehicles and taxis are the only option. (Read More)