Old Town, Museum and Wall
You can ask any cabbie to take you to Old Town. Use to be the hub of Umm Al Quwain before they started building up the area around Lulus Centre.
This place is now largely full of Indian and Pakistani communities who have brought their culture with them. I walked around for an hour at sunset and it was one of the best things to do here. It is definitely run down, but food in the street, open doors for shops, barbers, odd bits here and there - it was busy with a market like atmosphere. Very male dominated as I did not see one other female, so I would suggest going in a small group or with company for the ladies.
Before walking down to Old Town check out the Museum, didnt have much in there especially in comparison to your average museum but its only 4 dirham and the museum is actually in the Old Fort of Umm Al Quwain where the Sheikh and Sheikha use to reside. The indian caretaker was very friendly and I was lucky enough to have him explain much of what the rooms and equipment was used for, as information was limited. He then gave me a ride to the Wall where there is a small park and seting area so I walked along and got to see the beach too. All of this can be done in a few short hours and pretty much free. Worth it to stop by for something different if you're driving through.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Museum Visits
Road shop and Mosque
We have made a short stop at a road shop close to the petrol station where our tourists were able to buy their snacks. I’ve caught a moment to watch and take photos of the road Mosque. I think it’s quite reasonable to build mosques in such a place. More than that - in several hundred meters there is an Aquatic park which is very popular for locals. Unfortunately we hadn’t enough time to stop there.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Umm Al Quwain on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 25° 35' 5.75" N 55° 39' 34.46" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Umm Al Quwain Mosque .
Russian airplane Il-76 in desert
It was a great surprise for me to see a Russian airplane IL-76 while we were driving along the highway to Ras-Al-Kaimah from Umm Al Quwain. I had no idea how it got there and I’m very grateful to Arne Bevaart who told us its history on his site Landing in the desert.
“The plane is a Soviet built, 92000 Kg Ilyushin Il-76 TD (Serial number 053403072), built and delivered to the Soviet air force some time around 1982, registered as CCCP-86715. After the Soviet Union fell apart, the Russian air force retained the jet and reregistered it RA-86715. It continued to fly for the Russian air force until the early 90’s, when it was sold to Sharjah-based Air Cess and subsequently reregistered EL-RDT. Air Cess, in turn, sold the plane to AirPass in Swaziland and the plane was reregistered 3D-RTT until they, in turn, sold the plane to Centrafrican Airlines in the Central African Republic who reregistered the plane for the last time; TL-ACN …
The aircraft was sold for scrap to Palma Beach Hotel. The jet was flown to the UAE in 1999 where it landed on a sand strip in Umm Al Quwain. It taxied to its current position, shut down the engines and when looking at it now, it’s hard to believe this was a fully airworthy aircraft just 9 years ago. The plane was subsequently deregistered and over the years stripped of any element worth more than 2 dirham. The scorching sun and omnipresent sand did the rest. It currently serves as a massive Palma Beach Hotel billboard while people park their cars in the shade of the giant wings. There are some vague plans to convert the plane into a restaurant, but so far, nothing serious has materialized yet.”
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