H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Mualla is the Ruler of Umm Al Quwain. He was born on 1 October 1952. He became the Ruler and a member of the Supreme Council after the demise of his father Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmad Al Mualla on 2 January 2009.
How it was named
The name literally means ‘the mother of two powers’ referring to its two traditional economic and agricultural powers that the emirate has historically possessed: the sea and the land. However, the other theory is that the name is inspired from Qawn, which is a direct reference to iron.
Umm Al Quwain is the second smallest and the least populated emirate. It covers an area of approximately 77 sq km which is equivalent to 1 per cent of the UAE’s area. It is situated between Sharjah to the southwest and Ras Al Khaimah to the northeast. The city of Umm Al Quwain is built on a narrow peninsula called Khor Al Bidiyah
Fishing is a key contributor to the economy of Umm Al Quwain. The emirate exports seafood throughout Europe and Middle East.
The population of UAE nationals mid-2010 was 17,482