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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.