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Ajman – Beachfront destination

Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates and is centrally-located on the western coast of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirate lies on the Gulf coast where it has a prominent beach. Ajman City is the capital of the Emirate and lies at a small creek of 16 Km. length to the North East of Sharjah. Ajman is formed of three geographical regions, Ajman city, Masfout region & Al Manama region. The Al Nuaimis are the rulers of Ajman.

The Ajman Free Zone,, established in 1988, has given great impetus to industrial activity which has resulted in quadruple growth in the number of companies during the last few years. The Free Zone with its package of unbeatable advantages is widely recognized as an entrepreneurs' haven today. Strategically situated at the entrance of the Arabian Gulf, Ajman Free Zone is well-placed to serve the eastern and western markets.
Ajman encompasses some striking attractions and sites for tourists. One of the main attractions is the long expanse of the white sandy beach, stretching for almost 20 miles and situated along the Arabian Gulf Coast. The city maintains a certain charm the other emirates lack, mostly due to its small size which creates a more intimate feel compared to the large, bustling cities. Ajman is essentially a port city great for shopping(http://www.yellowpages.ae/s/ajman/malls.html) and dining. (http://www.yellowpages.ae/s/ajman/restaurants.html) The naturally formed creek diffuses the inland and remains a major focal point in the city. The section of Ajman called Masfout is an important agricultural area providing much of the local produce found throughout the region. Masfout is noted for its vibrant marble and is bordered by the Hajar Mountains creating a picturesque backdrop.

Where to stay:
Ajman offers a host of options for the leisure traveller, ranging from luxury hotelsto budget accommodations.
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Top picks:
Kempinski Hotel: With more than 500 meters of private white sand beach, this spectacular hotel is set right on the Arabian Gulf. Kempinski Hotel Ajman has rooms decorated in an Arabian style with bright colour schemes and elegantly-designed wood furniture with a Middle Eastern style. The chic rooms and suites lead onto a private, furnished balcony or terrace. The panoramic view overlooks the Arabian Gulf and the lush, landscaped garden.

The staff can help to organize a variety of water sports, including snorkelling, canoeing and windsurfing.

Ewa Suites Hotel: Ewa Suites Hotel Ajman offers an exclusive haven for business and leisure travellers in downtown Ajman. Strategically-located in the heart of the city, the hotel provides easy accessibility to both Dubai and Sharjah International Airports and is a short distance from shopping and entertainment centres. It is also well-placed to serve Ajman Port Trust Authority and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and is within minutes from Ajman beach. Perfect for business travel, family vacation or weekend getaway, it provides great value for all. Lebanese cuisine and local specialities are available in EwaSuites’s Al Nafoora restaurant.

Ramada Hotels and Suites: Ramada Ajman offers service with a spirit of true Arabian Hospitality. Whether you are on business or leisure, the hotel offers a modern sophisticated home away from home. Located in the heart of Ajman’s City Centre, the hotel is within easy reach of UAE’s major airports and commercial as well as cultural attractions.

What to do:
Ajman's location within a short flight’s distance from key markets in Europe and Asia, combined with its beautiful beaches, solid transport infrastructure and a warm and hospitable culture, make the emirate an ideal vacation spot. A number of five-star hotels are slated for completion along the Ajman corniche and elsewhere around the city. Al Zohra project on the eastern side of Ajman Creek will provide an exclusive, integrated vacation and residential destination.

Ajman National Museum: The Ajman Museum is housed in an 18th Century fortress that was used as a stronghold for the Emirate’s leaders and as a first line of defence. The fort was the ruler's palace and then the Ajman police station. Two wind towers and two watch towers were maintained when the fort was renovated. A large gate and two cannons are located on the front of the fort. The Museum is a centre to know the ways of living in the past through the archaeological acquisitions, the historical documents and tools which were used during those days as the means of life.

Dhow Yard:
This attraction is a must-see for tourists visiting Ajman, as this is regarded as the world’s largest, still active boat building yard and it is also the largest dhow building yard in the emirates. The dhow is a traditional boat of Arabian origin. Earlier it was used in trade as well as for war and other maritime purposes. The Dhows are ocean-going vessels and they are built using the traditional tools with the manual skills that have been handed down from generations. The dhows of Ajman are regarded as the best in quality and sightseers can witness a dhow being built right before their eyes.

Mowaihat:
Mowaihat is one of the most famous archaeological sites of UAE. The material from this excavation site forms the bulk of the archaeological artefacts on display in the Ajman museum.

Masfout Region:
It is about 130 km. far from Ajman to eastern south and the area is composed of fascinating scenery mainly calcium stone mountains extending to the Sultanate of Oman.

City Attractions:
There is a wealth of history emanating from Ajman. An Ajman travel guide will often start a tour at the entrance to the town, shaped like an ancient watchtower, and then on to the city’s old fort. The Etisalat Tower is another city landmark designed in traditional mosque-style, and enjoys a prestigious status with the very top resembling a giant golf ball. The other must-see spots include the old waterfront area, Beach Rock Road and the Ajman Khor shoal.

Shopping:
The Ajman City Centre is the main shopping mall known for its wide variety of food, fun and retail offerings. Apart from this there are a host of other shopping centres conveniently located and offering various retail items. Ajman is also home to more than fifty local and international retail shops catering to a variety of tastes. Banks, commercial souks, the Ruler’s office and a number of private companies also line the streets, marking the city’s growing economic significance.

The Ajman China Mall: located in the Ajman Free Zone, leaded by the Chinese and Ajman government, is a wholesale centre of Chinese branded products including textile, jewellery, electronics, hardware, building material, furniture, automobile parts and machinery, etc.

Getting Around:
Taxis are really easy to find and are easy to get around using them. Look out for shared taxis that wait for 4 people to come; these are "unofficial" taxis, located in the Somali area of Ajman. Guided tour buses can be found at main hotels.
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