Umm al-Quwain (Arabic: أمّ القيوين ) which means "Mother of the Two Powers" is one of the sovereign emirates in the United Arab Emirates, located in the north of the country. The emirate was ruled until his death by Rashid bin Ahmad Al Mu'alla, who was a member of the UAE's Supreme Council since 1981. The emirate had 62,000 inhabitants in 2003 (making it the least populous emirate in the federation) and has an area of 750 square kilometres. Accepted alternative spellings include Umm al Quwain (used on its former postage stamps) as well as Umm al-Quwain, Umm al-Qaywayn, Umm el-Quwain, Umm al-Quwain and Umm al-Quwain. It is said that Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) is the best place in the world for people who enjoy sounds of waves and peace. Sailing in the calm water of lagoon offers best and most interesting sailing in the Northern Emirates. The weather in Umm Al-Quwain is pleasant from October to April, with average daytime high temperatures touching 26 degrees and night-time lows at around 15 degrees Celsius. But, between May and September, it is very hot with daytime highs touching 44 degree Celsius, with high humidity levels. Rainfall in this region is pretty rare.