Umm Al Quwain Shooting Club

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Umm Al Quwain Shooting Club

Postby shawarma » 03 Dec 2007, 15:22

Umm Al Quwain shooting club is opposite Dreamland Water Park in Um Al Quwain. But according to the Gulf News 11 June 2007 it is about to close. See also UAE shooting clubs.

UAQ shooting club set to fall silent
By Shakir Husain, Staff Reporter

Umm Al Quwain: Fans are mourning the impending demise of the 10-year-old Umm Al Quwain Shooting Club, which in its glory days attracted occasional visits from UAE Olympic hero Shaikh Ahmad Hasher Al Maktoum.

Shooting enthusiasts have been told by the club that it will cease operations from Sunday. Staff members confirmed to Gulf News the club will be closed from Sunday.

Employees are unwilling to talk about the circumstances of the closure, but it is understood new government regulations about the type of weapons shooting clubs can keep may have contributed to its closure.

"It is a shame that we will no longer be able to use this club. It has such excellent facilities," said Osama Salah Al Deen, a senior banker.

"It was easy to come here from both Dubai and Sharjah. Ammunition here is cheaper than other clubs, they have a great indoor shooting range. If the fear is that guns can fall into the wrong hands they can store them in secure vaults," said Salah Al Din, who now plans to use the Sharjah Shooting Club.

The shooting club, about 60 kilometres from Dubai, has been popular with both professional shooters and amateurs.

Ghita Mejdi, a public relations professional who took up shooting as a hobby recently, said she was upset to hear that the club will shut down. "They should not close such a nice club. I especially liked its ambience, which provided an escape from the hectic city life," Mejdi said.

The facility is now a mere shadow of its former self. It has been running short on ammunition and weapons for several months.

Dwindling options

It once offered Kalashnikovs and M16s for shooting practices but now it cannot even provide 9mm pistols. There is no ammunition left for rifles and the club has been unable to replenish its stock of firearms for a long time.

Trap-shooting, a sport that involves firing at objects released into the air from a trap, was the only choice left when the club decided to close.

With dwindling choices in weapons and ammunition, most shooting enthusiasts had already deserted Umm Al Quwain and closing down the business seemed to be the only choice left for the club management.

Alternatives: Days of glory with Olympic champion

The shooting clubs in Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Jebel Ali may offer alternatives to those who frequented the Umm Al Quwain Shooting Club.

But a shooter who practices in Jebel Ali said the choice of guns has become limited there after the new security rules.

Some Umm Al Quwain club employees remember with nostalgia visits by Olympic shooting gold medallist Shaikh Ahmad Hasher Al Maktoum, whose pictures in action are displayed in the waiting hall.
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