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Umm Al Quwain in the past

The emirate of Umm Al Quwain is located on the western coast of the UAE, with Sharjah to the west and Ras Al Khaimah to the east. This shot is from February 1981.The emirate's 'Lost City' archaeological site is pictured in October 1984. Umm Al Quwain covers 750 square kilometres, which makes it the second smallest emirate in the UAE after Ajman.
The emirate is ruled by His Highness Shaikh Rashid bin Ahmad Al Mu'alla, who came to power in 1981.Umm Al Quwain is home to a Mericulture Centre, where prawns and fish are reared on an experimental basis. It is pictured here in September 1986.
Public horse riding stables, seen here in March 1987, are a big attraction for visitors.Umm Al Quwain Rulers attend a camel racing event in this photo from March 1991. Other sports that attract adventurers to the emirate include shooting at Umm Al Quwain Shooting Club.
A wedding takes place in this picture from March 1987. The city of Umm Al Quwain is the capital of the emirate, and houses the Ruler's office, administrative and commercial centres and the main port.An air crash in the emirate is seen in this picture from December 1993.
Umm Al Quwain also has preserved remains of an old fort, seen here in this photo from 1995. The main gate of the fort is flanked by defensive cannons.The emirate is definitely a place for daredevils, and is home to its very own flying school, pictured here in 1997.
For such a relaxed emirate, it is perhaps surprising that Umm Al Quwain has become a centre for those who enjoy extreme sports.The emirate also houses a multi-million dirham aqua park, DreamLand, which has boosted Umm Al Quwain's prominence within the UAE.
A trip to Umm Al Quwain can be compared to a journey back in time, to the more relaxed era before oil transformed much of the UAE.An aerial view from February 1997. Umm Al Quwain has a population of just 41,000, which makes it the least populated of all the emirates.
The emirate, which has a coastline stretching to 24 kilometres, is located on the Arabian Gulf coast of the UAE.The traditional occupations of this emirate have been fishing and date cultivation. Umm Al Quwain's attraction lies in its long clean beaches and an enclosed lagoon.
The municipality roundabouts in Falaj Al Moalla boast eye-catching designs, including this hedge in the shape of a camel, pictured in March 1997.DreamLand pictured in July 1997. The park has water rides that thrill parents and children alike.
Located 50 kilometres south of Umm Al Quwain is Falaj Al Mulla, the agricultural area of the emirate. This shot shows the area in August 1997.The Ahmed Bin Rashid Port and Free Zone, seen here in August 1997, offers great incentives to investors.
An oil slick is cleared up in this picture from January 1998. There are numerous jetties in the emirate where fishermen can often be seen relaxing and repairing their nets after they have unloaded the day's catch.The road to Ras Al Khaimah Road is pictured in August 1999. The total area of Umm Al Quwain is equivalent to one per cent of the country's total area.

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