Al-Sinniyah Island: A Rich Natural Reserve

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The seven islands of Umm Al Quwain lie to the east of the mainland peninsula on a unique stretch of coastline consisting of sandy islands surrounded by dense mangrove forests, separated by a series of creeks.

Al Sinniyah is the largest of the seven island, followed by  Al Ghallah and Al Keabe, all of which are visible from the old town. Tucked in between these and the coastal plains are the smaller islands of Al Sow, Al Qaram, Al Humaidi, Al Chewria and Al Harmala.

Sinniya island is one of the unique tourist attractions in the emirate of Umm Al Quwain, receiving considerable attention by the government to become a destination for tourists and residents alike.

The island is about ten kilometers long, and four kilometers wide at its maximum. It is one kilometer from the city of Umm Al Quwain, in which the two are separated by Umm Al Quwain Creek.

Half of the Sinniya island is a nature reserve and is home to marine life, such as antelopes, seagulls, flamingos and herons, in addition to plants such as the mangroves, ghaf trees and surface plants.

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Fond birdwatchers can enjoy the wonderful wildlife at Al Sinniyah Island. The shallow tidal lagoons and mudflats create the perfect feeding, nesting and resting habitat for several species of heron and plover and terns.

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Umm Al Quwain is home to the UAE’s largest Socotra Cormorant colony, with over 15,000 pairs making it the third largest colony in the world. This black bird is endangered which makes it a special sight. Between November and March, hundreds of Great Cormorants are regularly spotted flying just few feets above the sea in Sinniyah, as they move from one sand bar to another.

Socotra Cormorant in UAQ

On the other hand, Sinniya has a great archaeological importance, as it features a variety of archaeological sites, such as remains and graves.

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Moreover, the Antiquities and Heritage Department of Umm Al Quwain is currently following directives of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, to do some maintenance and restoration for historic buildings in the city and islands.


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