About Al Rass
Al Rass or Al Raas is a small community in Umm Al Quwain. It lies 7.5 km away from central Umm Al Quwain. Covering less than 3km of land area, Al Rass is a quiet and small fishing area in the emirate. Yet this has not kept developers from planning and executing projects in the area, especially to improve its residential features.
Al Raas is known for its wide variety of plant, marine and wildlife species present in the area. Though not a major tourist attraction, the peninsula at Al Raas is an ideal getaway for daytime trips and nighttime barbecues. There are a couple of old fishing villages in the area. Bird lovers can also spot flamingos and other wild birds in the nearby mangroves.
While development is underway, the area offers a calm and serene environment with a few amenities nearby. Currently, you can rent studios, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments at low prices, making it ideal for students, professionals, couples and small families.
In a Nutshell
- Low population, which means no traffic or noise pollution.
- Amenities for a self-sufficient living (mosques, schools, hospitals, malls).
- Opportunities for water-based recreational activities.
- Great location for those who love wildlife.
- Proximity to Ajman, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai, all less than an hour’s distance by car.
- Affordable rental prices for the properties in Al Raas.
Long known only for fishing spots and wildlife, Al Rass is still in the process of becoming a major residential and business area. The area is a good option for people working in Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah and the related areas who are looking for low-rent accommodations. There are, however, no villas in the area. One can only find apartments in Al Raas.
Properties in Al Rass
When it comes to properties in Al Rass, apartments, as well as offices and shops for rent are located in Al Rass A, B, C and D, all of which are located along King Faisal Road. With coverage areas from 400 sq. ft. to 1,300 sq. ft., you can rent a variety of apartments in Al Rass.
Studios for rent range from AED 14k to 16k per, while 1-bedroom apartments cost AED 19k per year. Likewise, 2-bedroom apartments can be rented for AED 27k per year. Apartment buildings nearby include Sheikh Marwan Building, Al Faisal Group and Salam Tower al Quwain.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Al Rass
As for transportation in Al Rass, there are no bus or metro stations in the area. Residents and tourists have to rely on taxis as the main public transport. Having a car is ideal, especially if residents need to commute to locations such as Dubai or Sharjah for work. You can use Al Shuwaib Road (E55) and Al Ittihad Street (E11) to enter/exit Al Rass and Umm Al Quwain.
Amenities, Schools and Healthcare
Supermarkets in Al Rass
There is no shortage of supermarkets in Al Rass and the surrounding areas. Lulu Centre takes care of most of your shopping needs. Pearl Supermarket and Shahaban Grocery are other options in Al Rass. In the neighbouring areas, you will find Noor Al Sabah Supermarket, Mohammed Sultan Supermarket or Mohammed Sulthan Supermarket as it is also known and Safeera Supermarket.
Churches, Temples and Mosques in Al Rass
There are a few mosques in Al Rass such as Masjid Jaber Bin Abdullah, Masjid Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid and Masjid Al Ghufran.
Winners Chapel International Ajman is the closest church, it is located in Al Rashidiya, Ajman. You can reach this church near Al Rass in 30 minutes, for more options the many churches part of the Al Yarmook district in Sharjah can be reached in 35 minutes or less.
Hindu and Sikh residents will have to travel to the Bur Dubai area in Dubai to visit their places of worship. Shiva Temple, the Sikh Gurudwara and ShrinathJi Temple can all be reached in under an hour's drive.
Schools IN Al Rass
There are two schools in Al Rass, the Umm Al Quwain Basic Education School and Umm Al Quwain Preparatory Girls School, along with Butterflies Nursery for younger children. Nearby schools include The International School of Chouefait - Umm Al Quwain, The Elite American Private School and The New Indian School.
Al Raas is also home to the Emirates Canadian University College, while British Applied College is just opposite Al Rass B.
Clinics and Hospitals NEAR Al Rass
Umm Al Quwain Hospital near Al Rass is the primary tertiary care, medical service provider. The other hospital in Umm Al Quwain is Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital, 16 minutes away.
Medical clinics in Al Rass consist of Al Khaleej Medical Center, Dr. Sinan Eye Clinic and Thumbay Clinic. Tajeran Pharmacy, Al Haram Pharmacy and Thumbay Pharmacy are pharmacies in the area.
Al Rass is located close to the mangroves of Umm Al Quwain which are popular for bird and wildlife watching. The communities of Al Riqqah, Al Dar Al Baida and Al Hawiyah are close by.
Shopping, Dining and Nightlife
Malls in Al Rass
As it is a grocery and department store residents can shop for electronics and textiles at Lulu Centre in Al Rass. China Mall near Al Rass is the closest shopping destination. It features a wide variety of products from China, it also has a few restaurants and food stalls in the mall.
City Mall and Mall of UAQ are other malls in the area, roughly 15 minutes away from Al Raas.
Restaurants in Al Rass
There are a few restaurants in Al Rass, most of which feature Arabian and South-East Asian cuisines. Indian/Pakistani restaurants in the area include Desi Tarka Restaurant, Arab Sea Restaurant and Al Fanoon. Popular Arabic restaurants in Al Rass include Emirates Sea Restaurant, Aloberge Restaurant and Cafeteria and Taiba Restaurant and Grill.
Qout Cafe, Zam Zam Cafeteria and Chai Makani are preferred for a quick bite to eat. If you're craving Filipino food you can visit Mariya Restaurant. For sweet treats, residents can visit Umm Al Quwain Automatic Restaurant, Balabak Sweets and Firas Sweets.
Beaches Near Al Rass
The Umm Al Quwain Beach is less than 10 minutes from Al Rass. The beach is clean, and a perfect spot to relax. It is popular as a picnic spot, barbecuing is allowed in designated areas. It does, however, lack amenities such as public toilets, showers and changing areas.
Outdoor Activities, Fitness and Beauty
Al Arabi Sports and Cultural Club has a few sports grounds near Al Rass, families also relax and stroll around the area. Municipal Park and National Flag park are roughly 5 minutes away from Al Raas.
There aren't any gyms nearby but there are a few outdoor areas and beaches which are popular fitness spots. Imar Spa and Al Nooras Salon are a few pampering spots nearby.
Along with fishing and birdwatching, tourists and residents can also go camping in Al Rafaah, which is one of the top camping spots in the UAE. You can also head out to the UAQ Marine Club (4 km from Al Rass) for water sports, which are some of the top recreational activities in Umm Al Quwain.
Things to Consider
Accommodation can be a problem for families in the absence of 3 and 4-bedroom apartments and villas. This, however, may change in the coming years.
- 5 minutes away from Umm Al Quwain Beach.
- UAQ Marina Club is roughly 6 minutes away.
- Dreamland Aqua Park is 30 minutes away.
- You can reach Sharjah and Ajman in 35 minutes.
- Dubai is a 1 hour drive away.