The name which means Umm Al Quwain “the mother of two strengths” refers to the two powers – the land and the sea - possessed by the Emirate. The emirate is now ruled by H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla and the crown prince is H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mua'lla. Umm Al Quwain lies between the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman on the west coast, with a location along the important trade way between Asia and India. The emirate consists of the coastal city of Umm al-Quwain and the inland oasis town of Falaj Al Mualla. It has a coastline stretching 24 km. The Emirate has an area of 770 Sq. Km.
Located in the north of the country and just 45km from Dubai, Umm Al Quwain is renowned for its rich heritage, gorgeous desert landscape, breezy beaches, coastal mangroves and exotic fauna, which makes it a popular leisure destination within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Umm Al Quwain depends on revenue from hotels, parks and tourism, fisheries, trading activities, Manufacturing as well as the Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (UAQFTZ) based at two geographic locations i.e. Ahmed Bin Rashid Port and Umm Al Thoub. Manufacturing, tourism and trade are given the highest importance by the Emirate. Government has launched several programs to help make the emirate attractive to foreign investment and to support Small and Medium Establishments (SME) and the fisheries sector. The government’s vision comprises five main pillars: a sustainable and diversified economy, social solidarity, attractive tourism, an excellent infrastructure, and innovative government.
Umm Al Quwain is ideal for any business that is motivated by value as it allows you to leverage a unique location in the UAE that offers a stable economy, open investment climate, low costs of living and labour, and a great destination for import and export. There are several business initiatives and programs launched by the government to support local businesses and industries. The government’s policy is to boost trusts with the private sector to build an economy based on knowledge, research, and development. These factors make it a strategic business base and the best growth partner in the MENA region for any investor, as the Subcontinent, Far East and European markets are all within easy reach.