Dreamland Aqua Park -- Umm Al Quwain Image Credit: GN Archives

Dubai: Built on a narrow peninsula called Khor Al Bidiyah, Umm Al Quwain may well be the second smallest Emirate in the UAE, but has several interesting, family friendly options for visitors and residents. If you are planning a visit to the Emirate this weekend, here are some of the activities you can plan for.

1. Visit Dreamland Aqua Park

Dreamland Aqua Park offers some of the best water-themed attractions in the region. Image Credit: Gulf News Archive

The UAE's largest water park and resort opened its gates in 2007, and has been a popular destination for UAE families for many years. Apart from the water slides and play areas, Dreamland also has overnight waterside camping facilities in either tents or cabanas in addition to a Mini Zoo and Sporting Facilities.


Dreamland Aqua Park is located on the scenic coastline of Umm Al Quwain, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. On the Etihad Road (E11), 8 Km from Umm Al Quwain R/A straight towards Ras Al Kheimah, you will find Dreamland Aqua Park on your right just after the iconic landed Cargo Plane of UAQ Aero club next to Barracuda Beach Hotel and Resort.

Ticket prices

The ticket prices for adults and children are based on height restrictions and not age.

General Admission (above 120cm) – Dh160

Junior Admission (between 120cm - 80cm) – Dh100

2. Umm al Quwain fort and museum

Umm Al Quwain Fort
Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Built in 1768, the Umm Al Quwain Fort, also known as the Al Ali Fort, is the oldest building in Umm Al Quwain, and was once the royal residence as well as the place of governance for the ruling family. Today, it has been converted into the Umm Al Quwain museum, and gives a glimpse to visitors into the rich history and culture of the Emirate.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/bioZTMQEPxQkUyyb8

3. Umm Al Quwain public beach

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One of the most popular family hangout spots, the public beach in Umm Al Quwain does not just offer visitors an option to spend some time in the sun, various operators also offer kite surfing and paddle boarding options for thrill-seekers.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Fic6zs5pkSE4CqJ2A

4. Falaj Al Mualla Museum

Another fort that has been converted into a museum, as well as a centre for cultural understanding, is the Falaj Al Mualla Fort. The venue offers visitors a chance to look at archaeological artefacts, the types of weapons used in hunting and war and a traditional perfumes and coffee market.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/W2BxYAaoqhsoVMza7

5. The Zoo Wildlife Park

Nestled in the deserts of Umm Al Quwain, The Zoo Wild Life Park is a quiet reserve for exotic wildlife. Visitors can see animals like the African Lion, the striped hyena and the Arabian Oryx, and children and adults can also interact with some of the animals like rabbits and chinchillas, which are part of the mobile zoo option that caters to educating children and raising awareness about animal welfare.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/gLSvNFThesyQd7eB8