Explore Ajman, UAE

Explore Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Explore Ajman one of the United Arab Emirates and the smallest of the seven emirates which is centrally located on the western coast of the United Arab Emirates. Ajman lies on the Gulf coast where its beach extends for 16 Km. whereas the total area of Ajman is 259 square Km. its population estimate is about 230 thousand as the year of 2004. The area of the Emirate of Ajman is about 460 Sq. Km. while the total area including the regional waters is about 600 Sq. Km. Ajman City is the capital of the Emirate and lies down at a small creek of 16 Km. length to the North East of Sharjah.

The ruling family of Ajman is the AL Nuaimi tribe.

The foundation of Ajman under Nuaimi rule took place in 1816, when Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi and fifty of his followers took the coastal settlement of Ajman from members of the Al Bu Shamis tribe in a short conflict. It wasn’t until 1816 or 1817, however, that the Ajman fort finally fell to Rashid’s followers and his rule was endorsed by the powerful Sheikh of neighboring Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

On 2 December 1971, Ajman, under Sheikh Rashid bin Humayd Al Nuaimi, joined the United Arab Emirates.

The city has more than 90% of the population of the emirate. The area runs directly into the city of Sharjah along the coast to the south-west, which in turn is adjacent to Dubai, forming a continuous urban area.

Ajman is home to the Ruler’s office, companies, commercial markets, and about 50 international and local retail shops. Banking interests include: Emirates National Bank of Dubai, Ajman Bank, Arab Bank PLC, Bank Saderat Iran, and Commercial Bank of Dubai. Ajman is also home to fishing industry & Seafood Importers/Exporters in UAE. Shopping malls include Ajman China Mall and City Centre Ajman.

With capacity to accommodate 1500 companies and serving over 1,000 vessels a year, Ajman Port and Ajman Free Zone are major contributors to the emirate’s economy. Exporting to over 65 countries, the Free Zone’s companies comprise something like 20% of the UAE’s overall industrial units, with some 256 industrial companies operating from the zone.

Ajman is continuing the development stalled by the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and once again undergoing a period of growth. Tourist attractions in the emirate, including hotels, shopping and cultural destinations are growing rapidly. Tourist attractions include the Ajman National Museum situated at Ajman Fort, the Red Fort and the museum in the inland enclave of Manama.

Ajman’s corniche is a popular evening and weekend destination for families and features a number of fast food outlets, coffee shops and stalls. It is home to the ‘Outside Inn’, a popular watering hole with expatriates, as well as to a number of hotels, including the Ramada, Ajman Palace, the Kempinski, the Ajman Saray and the Fairmont Ajman.

The natural port (or khor) of Ajman is located along a natural creek which penetrates the town. Ajman is also home to Arab Heavy Industries, one of the world’s largest ship manufacturing firms.

The main airport in the emirate is located in the enclave of Manama, about 60 km east of the city, thus in one of the farthest removed parts of the emirate. However, Sharjah International Airport is only a dozen kilometres away.

Ajman enjoys being located in the middle of the Emirates as a whole. It is bordering Sharjah and only 10 Km away from Dubai in the south and Umm Al Quwain in the north. Many roads lead to and from Ajman from both Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al Quwain, including Emirates Road. Ajman is near to the ports of neighboring Emirates. It is near the international airports of both Sharjah and Dubai.

Taxis are really easy to find and are easy to get around using them. Of course it can be used to get to other emirates too.

Look at for shared taxis that wait for 4 people to come and take the taxi. These are “unofficial” taxis, are cheaper and located in the Somali area of Ajman.

Tour buses: guided tour buses can be found at top hotels where can arrange a tour to Ajman and main attractions in it.

You must see in Ajman, UAE. Top attractions in Ajman, UAE

  • Ajman Museum. An old fort in the central square. Built in the late 18th century it has serve as the rulers’ palace. In the 70’s it was put under usage as a police station. You can see different artifacts and reconstruction of traditional life.
  • Ajman beach is always a nice place to spend the day in with the warm sun, white sands, and clear waters. Dolphin spotting is also a recreation activity enjoyed in the emirate.

Designer outlets and major brands are available in City Center Mall and consist of a wide variety of food outlets too. In the traditional side, there is always the Iranian souq were you can buy domestic goods and if you are lucky some interesting pottery.

Beach front cafe eating is good and cheap.

Ajman Fish Market (Fish Market). A great place to see fisherman bring out the fresh catch and watch the middlemen auction them to the shopkeepers. It’s possible to buy fish and get it cooked right there in the fish market or across the street. 

Alcohol is allowed in Ajman and is available easily at hotels and restaurants.

Tap water is considered ok but it has a slightly salted taste. The obvious reason is that desalination plants are used to provide tap water. More to the point, you can safely use it to brush your teeth and prepare tea.

Bottled water is also available in any store around town.

There are lots of specialty clinics in Ajman. Ibin Sina Medical Centre is affordable and has most of the specialties. Diagnostic services are also available. GMC Hospital is open 24 hours for emergencies. Sh Khalifa Hospital is the public hospital with an emergency department.

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