ABOUT AL DAR AL BAIDA A
Al Dar Al Baida A is a sub-district of Al Dar Al Baida. Al Dar Al Baida’a in turn forms part of the greater Al Raudah in Umm Al Quwain city. While Al Dar Al Baida B has many villas and amenities such as grocery stores, supermarkets and salons; Al Dar Al Baida A is largely underdeveloped and is mainly known for housing the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship office. Additionally, Ahmed Bin Rashid Port is approximately 8 minutes away from the sub-community.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Sub-community of Al Dar Al Baida
- Located close to Al Khor
- Houses the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship office
- Consists of a football ground and many open spaces
Forming the second half of Al Dar Al Baida B, Al Dar Al Baida A is a small district with no developments. Instead, the community has a football ground and is home to the building for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.
HOTELS NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
Many of the best resorts in Umm Al Quwain are less than 10 minutes away from Al Dar Al Baida A. Some of these include:
- Palma Beach Resort – Sheikh Ahmed Al Mualla Road
- Vida Beach Resort – Sheikh Ahmed Al Mualla Road
- Flamingo Beach Hotel – Ghoub Street
- Pearl Hotel & Spa – Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Street
Palma Beach Resort & Spa is within walking distance from the community, located just adjacent to it. It is a 4-star resort that boasts of a design featuring a blend of ancient and modern Pharaonic Egypt.
Vida Beach Resort is located at a 2-minute drive. The 5-star resort is only 10 kilometres away from Dreamland Aqua Beach Park.
Flamingo Beach Resort is 5 minutes away. Also known as Flamingo Beach Hotel, it is set in a tropical garden and offers activities such as crab hunting, snorkelling and Flamingo Tours as well. Pearl Hotel & Spa is a 3-star hotel reachable within a drive of 7 minutes.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING IN AL DAR AL BAIDA A
The community has lots of open spaces, where individuals can park with ease.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
Umm Al Quwain Bus Stop is located at a 10-minute drive on the E11 highway. From there, you can either board Bus E601 that drops you at Deira Dubai, or Bus Al Hamra 1 that takes you to the main RAK City. Public taxis are available at the taxi stands or can be hailed on the road as well.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
Grocery stores and supermarkets near Al Dar Al Baida A include:
- Al Shuhaba Grocery – Al Dar Al Baida B
- Safeera Supermarket – Al Riqqah
- Mini Market – Al Khour 1
- Noor Al Sabah Supermarket – Al Rawda
- Lulu Hypermarket – 279/1, King Faisal Road
- Carrefour Supermarket – 214, King Faisal Road
Al Shuhaba Grocery, Safeera Supermarket and Mini Market are accessible by foot while the rest of the supermarkets lie at a 5-minute drive.
Lulu Hypermarket and Carrefour Supermarket rank amongst the top supermarkets in Umm Al Quwain. Another branch of Lulu Hypermarket is located in UAQ Mall as well and can be reached in an 8-minute drive.
MOSQUES & OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
The community itself does not have any prayer halls or mosques. Some of the mosques near Al Dar Al Baida A in the neighbouring areas are:
- Abdul Aziz Al Majid Mosque – Al Dar Al Baida B
- Al Baraa Bin Azeb Mosque – Al Dar Al Baida B
- Al Radwan – Al Dar Al Baida B
- Al Qaaqaa Bin Amro – Al Raudah
- Al Rawdah Masjid – Al Raudah
Christians can find two churches in the city, including:
- The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) – Al Manama Hypermarket, King Faisal Road
- IPC Umm Al Quwain – Old Umm Al Quwain
Both of these churches are reachable within a drive of 8 to 10 minutes.
SCHOOLS NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
The nearby areas are concentrated in public and government schools. For private options, you can take a short drive and find some renowned private schools near Al Dar Al Baida A, such as:
- Habitat School
- The New Indian School
- The English School
- Sharjah American International School
Habitat School consists of classes till Grade 9, based on Indian curriculum. Students are provided an interactive learning experience here with the help of excellent facilities such as IT hubs, digital classrooms and organic forms.
The New Indian School offers curriculum based on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Kerala board. Classes at this school range from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 10. New Indian ranks amongst the top schools in Umm Al Quwain.
The English School is another CBSE school that offers classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Till Grade 8, students are taught CBSE curriculum while Grades 9 to 12 include the Kerala Board of Public Examinations.
Sharjah American International School is 17 minutes away. Accredited by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), the school has branches in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai as well. The American curriculum school meets the AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools and offers classes from Kindergarten to High School.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
Medical care and treatment can be sought at any of the clinics and hospitals near Al Dar Al Baida A, such as:
- Umm Al Quwain Hospital – 9b/1, Al Rawdah Street, Al Rawda
- Al Khaleej Medical Centre – 3/1, Al Mehmal Street, Al Ras 1
- Thumbay Clinic – 289, King Faisal Road
- Jamal Clinic – 314/2, King Faisal Road, Al Reqqah
- UAQ Medical Centre – 3, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Al Butain
Umm Al Quwain Hospital is a government hospital at a 5-minute drive on King Faisal Street while the rest of the clinics and medical centres are reachable within 10 minutes.
Al Dar Al Baida B is the second half of Al Dar Al Baida A. Located just adjacent; the sub-community consists of villas in different layouts. Other nearby areas include:
- Al Raudah
- Al Khor 1
- Al Rass
- Old Umm Al Quwain
Al Raudah makes up the area on the northern and western sides of Al Dar Al Baida A. It also includes Al Dar Al Baida in total. Al Khour 1 or Al Khor 1 covers the area to the eastern end of Al Dar Al Baida overall. As the name suggests, it is a waterfront locality.
Al Rass or Al Raas lies to the west and consists of further sub-districts from Al Rass A to Al Rass D. Old Umm Al Quwain or Old Town, UAQ is accessible if you drive towards the northern side of the city from Al Dar Al Baida A. Al Reqqah or Al Riqqah is towards the southwestern side.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
Umm Al Quwain has a small number of malls, all of which are accessible within less than 20 minutes.
- China Mall
- Mall of UAQ
- City Mall
China Mall is a neighbourhood mall that houses a number of retail outlets to shop from. The Mall of UAQ is reachable within a 10-minute drive. Also known as UAQ Mall, it spans 100,000 sq. ft. and serves as an entertainment and dining destination, in addition to being a retail hotspot.
A retail venture by Lulu Group International, UAQ Mall sports a food court as well as a 5-screen multiplex and an amusement centre. You can find Dubai Islamic Bank here too, one of the banks in Umm Al Quwain. It is located on Al Shuwaib Road (E55), the main highway of the city.
City Mall is reachable within a 15-minute drive. The first shopping mall in the emirate, City Mall has a total of 30 outlets that include international brands, a supermarket and a food court too.
RESTAURANTS NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
You can find a number of restaurants near Al Dar Al Baida A within a 10-minute drive. Some of these are:
- Emirates Sea Restaurant – 3604, King Faisal Road
- Desi Tarqa Restaurant – Al Raas
- Irani Shabestan – Al Riqqah
- Das Brauhaus – Pearl Beach Hotel
- Barako Grill – Pearl Beach Hotel
Emirates Sea Restaurant serves Arabian items with a special focus on Emirati cuisine. Desi Tarka Restaurant serves Pakistani dishes while Irani Shabestan is an Iranian restaurant. Das Brauhaus is one of the best restaurants in Umm Al Quwain, owing to its delicious German delicacies. Barako Grill offers grilled Filipino items.
The food court of UAQ Mall boasts many cafes and eateries too, such as:
- Shakespeare and Co.
- Gloria Jeans
BEACHES NEAR AL DAR AL BAIDA A
Umm Al Quwain Beach is located at an 8-minute drive from the sub-community. You will also find the Kite Beach Centre there, which is a kitesurfing school and offers tons of facilities. The recreational spot has a beach café, kitesurfing academy, a gym as well as kayaking tours and shaded sitting areas.
Mangrove Beach is 12 minutes away and includes public facilities such as thatched parasols and wooden swings. You can relax, walk and sunbathe at this beach as well as enjoy views of the mangroves.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
For refreshment and leisure time, individuals can find a number of things to do in Umm Al Quwain, such as heading over to the recreational areas and landmarks in the city. Some of the renowned landmarks near Al Dar Al Baida A are:
- UAQ Marine Club
- Umm Al Quwain National Museum
- Dreamland Aqua Park
UAQ Marine Club is accessible by foot and offers a ton of water activities. You can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, water skiing as well windsurfing, houseboat tours, camping and fishing here.
Umm Al Quwain National Museum or UAQ Museum is only five minutes away. Located in Madeena Al Qadeema, the museum is built inside the Umm Al Quwain Fort also known as Al Ali Fort.
The museum consists of a few dioramas while traditional Emirati furnishings are also there in some of the rooms at the fort. You will find old photos, sea equipment and historic documents too in some of the exhibits.
You can drive around 26 minutes and reach Dreamland Aqua Park, which is one of the largest waterparks in the country. Established in 1997, the waterpark covers 250,000 sq. m. and offers more than 30 rides and attractions.
In addition to thrilling activities, the waterpark is made up of restaurants, sports facilities and offers overnight camping facilities as well.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The area is abundant in terms of walkways and footpaths for those who love to stroll. As far as parks and green spaces are concerned, The National Flag Park and Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Park are the closest parks near Umm Al Dar Al Baida A.
The National Flag Park features a giant flag of the United Arab Emirates. It is located within walking distance and ranks amongst the best parks in Umm Al Quwain. Located at an 8-minute drive, H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Park consists of many rides, a large auditorium, a sports hall and a cafeteria as well.
Fitness centres and gyms near Al Dar Al Baida A are concentrated in the Al Madr 2 area, also known as Green Belt. These include:
- Miami Ladies Gym – 105, King Faisal Road
- 24 Gym – 41, King Faisal Road
- Ladies Fitness Gym & Massage Centre – Al Plaza Building
- Red Belt Martial Arts & Fitness Centre – 97, King Faisal Road
Individuals can find salons and spas for beauty therapy and personal grooming, such as:
- Rumana Ladies Salon – 9/2, Al Shera’a Street, Al Ras 1
- Eva Spa – 77, Abu Baker Al Siddique Street
- Al Dhiya Hair Dresser Gents Salon – 338/2, King Faisal Road, Al Riqqah
- WOW Beauty Salon – UAQ Mall, King Faisal Road
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Al Dar Al Baida A does not consist of any residential or commercial properties. It is a small sub-community that is made up of a football playground and some open spaces. Those interested in residing in the locality can opt for villas in Al Dar Al Baida B or properties in other neighbouring areas instead.
- The city of Ajman is 25 minutes away
- RAK City is reachable within 40 minutes
- 40-minute drive to Sharjah International Airport
- The city of Dubai is 45 minutes away