Umm Al Quwain

Umm Al-Quwain is the capital and largest city of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain in the United Arab Emirates.

The city is located on the peninsula of Khor Al Bidiyah, with the nearest major cities being Sharjah to the southwest and Ras Al Khaimah to the northeast. There are mangroves outside the city along the coast, with the local economy being largely fishing.

The emirate has rich coastal mangroves on the coast of Arabian Gulf and many islands that lie to the east of the mainland. The biggest island, Al Seniah, is home to Arabian gazelles, falcons and turtles.

Umm Al Quwain provides facilities for numerous recreational activities; from sailing to skydiving. Traditional activities such as dhow building and sports such as falconry and camel racing are also popular in the emirate. Dreamland Aqua Park, the UAE's largest water park and resort attracts several visitors.

HH Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla

Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla is the ruler and head of state of the emirate of Umm Al Quwain since 2009 and a member of the Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates. He is the son of Rashid bin Ahmad Al Mualla II and succeeded his father as monarch of Umm Al Quwain on 2 January 2009.

Born on 1 October 1952, Sheikh Saud received his elementary and primary education in Umm Al Quwain before attending high school in Lebanon. He graduated with a degree in economics from Cairo University, Egypt in 1974

He was appointed to the United Arab Emirates foreign ministry in 1973 and seconded at the Umm Al Quwain Amiri court. He was appointed Commander of the Umm Al Quwain Amiri guard in 1977. In 1979, he was appointed chief of the Umm Al Quwain Amiri court (Diwan) and became crown prince in 1982.


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