Ajman is one of the seven Emirates of UAE. It is very close to Dubai and it takes only 40 minutes to reach from Dubai to Ajman. Ajman has almost all the advanced facilities that are available in Dubai but the life and the traffic both move at a slightly slower pace. It is also the smallest and lesser known Emirate of UAE.
Ajman! Ahhh, when I talk about it, it makes me remember all the peaceful environment and less crowded roads, streets and attractions. The whole city is like a resort. Everything seems very calm, especially if you have lived in Dubai and come to spend a weekend in Ajman, you will clearly feel the difference everywhere. Traffic is also very calm, and you can reach at most of the destinations in the city easily and quickly.
This Emirate is also full of many tourist attractions, wonderful resorts, parks, shopping malls and of course the skyscrapers. Living cost is also cheaper than Dubai but the apartments and buildings are equipped with all the amenities like swimming pools, gyms and parks. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, hotels and shops in the city. The malls are not as big as the malls of Dubai, but they still have most of the famous brands for shopping enthusiasts.
History of Ajman
In 1816, Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi with his fifty followers took control over the coastal area of Ajman from the tribe of Al Bu Shamis. He was also supported as a ruler by the neighboring Emirates of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. In 1820 Ras Al Khaimah was sacked by the British force and the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi signed a General Maritime Treaty with the UK. Ajman also followed and signed the treaty along with Ras Al Khaimah.
The inhabitants of Ajman used to constantly move around according to the seasons. In 1840, Ajman was invaded by Humaid Bin Obeid Bin Subt of Al Heera suburb but Sultan of Sharjah together with Maktoum of Dubai ejected the invaders and sacked Al Heera. In 1843 another Maritime Treaty was signed between the Sheikhs and the British government. A Perpetual Treaty of Peace was also signed by the coastal Sheikhs in 1853. In December 1971, Ajman became the part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
14 Wonderful Things to do in Ajman
Ajman Corniche is one of the most beautiful coastline areas in the UAE. There are many residential buildings, commercial offices, restaurants, cafes, shopping malls and fast-food chains in this area. The area is always busy with a lot of people coming to enjoy at the seaside. Weekends are the most crowded as you will see traffic jams for kilometers. Lookout for the interesting bikes with loud music and passing by cars with singing passengers. The whole area is very lively and people who come here are also full of joy which build a very happy atmosphere all around the Corniche.
This beautiful Corniche is a 4-kilometers long esplanade looking over the Arabian Gulf. There are many 5-star hotels and resorts in this area with lots of facilities. The seaside is lovely as it is mostly sandy and a bit of rocky at only a few places. The waves make beautiful sounds while splashing on the rocky surfaces. You will see many families and groups enjoying picnics and barbeque at the beach. The private hotel beaches can also be accessed by the visitors by purchasing a day-pass. However, there is a lot of open sandy beach place in the area and you will always find a place for your picnic.
Aqua Bounce Ajman
Aqua Bounce is located inside the Fairmont hotel Ajman at the Ajman Corniche. This is Ajman’s first water floating park which is equally entertaining for families and friends. You will love the fun of bouncing and sliding on the colorful floatable surfaces. Not only you enjoy the water splashes but also get good exercise for all your muscles. You can test your balancing techniques, stamina and speed on the bouncy assault course. The variety of obstacles provide challenges for all ranges of abilities. You can climb walls, swing ropes and try to balance yourself on the beams. The place is very safe, and the staff is very friendly and well trained at the Aqua Bounce.
Ajman Marina is a new development of 1.5-kilometer-long esplanade near the Ajman corniche. It is located towards the end of the Ajman corniche near the Kempinski Ajman Hotel. The place has quickly become famous for visitors and the locals who come here with their families to stroll around breathing in the sea air under the palm trees. You will also see many cyclists and joggers at the Ajman Marina. There is also a sunset cruise tour with very lively music that departs from the marina. There are many restaurants and cafes around this area.
Al Zorah Nature Reserve
Al Zorah nature reserve is a heaven for bird and marine life in Ajman. It has around 1 million square meters of natural mangrove forest. This wonderful natural reserve has mangroves, sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. The beautiful ecosystem is home to more than 60 species of birds including pink flamingo, heron and egret.
This reserve is part of the Al Zorah community which is a newly developed area along with the 12 kilometers of waterfront. The beautiful area has resorts, beaches and an 18-hole amazing golf course. You can enjoy kayaking in the mangroves along with the beautiful views and the birds. These mangroves are known as grey or white mangroves and can grow to height of 3 to 10 meters.
AL Zorah – Marina 1
Marina 1 is constructed along the creek and is part of the four marinas of Al Zorah. This lovely marina offers wonderful views of the natural mangroves of Ajman. The marina is scheduled to have a 100,000 m2 creek side development which means very soon there will be an abundance of shops, cafes and entertainment venues in the area.
Funtastico is a lovely entertainment venue for the families in Marina 1. It has a variety of rides for children up to 14 years old. The rides include trampolines, bumper boats, bouncy slides and many games. The world’s largest indoor Dinosaur park has also opened in the Marina 1. Which will have life-size animated dinosaurs with sound and light effects. There is also a wake board cable park for thrill and fun seekers.
AL ZORAH Golf Club
The 18-hole Al Zorah Golf Club is set among the wonderful natural mangroves. You can easily reach Al Zorah Golf Club from the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. The par-36, nine-hole course is ideal for the beginners. There is also a clubhouse which has Shakespeare and Co. restaurant that has a balcony from where you can view the beautiful mangroves and birds.
Ajman Museum is a beautifully restored resort that exhibits a spectacular collection of artefacts from the history of the Emirate. This museum building was once the residence of the ruler of Ajman. Visiting timings are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from Saturday to Thursday. The museum opens at 2:30 pm on Friday after the Friday prayers and closes at 8:00 PM.
Various Photos, documents and objects including weapons depict the history of Ajman and the information is available in both Arabic and English. You will also see some wooden dhows and information about the old irrigation systems. There is also pottery and funeral jewelry at display which dates back to 3000 BC. It was found during the excavation in AL Muwaihat area of Ajman.
Dhow Yard Ajman
Arabian wooden dhows or boats have always been very famous and if you have visited Dubai, dhow cruise is also a very popular tourist attraction. These dhows are in use for fishing, searching pearls from sea and for trading purposes since centuries. Ajman Dhow yard has always been a very important hub for the construction of these lovely and attractive dhows. It is one of the largest dhow-building yards in the world. It is located near the Ajman Creek.
You can visit the place and enjoy the men at work and learn about the tools and techniques they use. This art has been passed on to them from their ancestors as they do not use any blueprints while constructing the boats. Besides the traditional wooden dhows, this yard also manufactures the fiberglass dhows which are fitted with diesel engines. These fiberglass dhows are used for the racing events.
Al-Murabbaa Watchtower Ajman
The sand colored Al-Murabbaa watchtower is located at the Ajman Corniche and has been the city’s guard tower from more than 80 years. The purpose of the tower is to guard the Ajman coast. The tower was complete restored in 2000 and has become a landmark in the city.
Al Tallah Camel Racecourse Ajman
Whenever you think of Arab, camels do come in your mind. Ajman is no different than Dubai and everyone love camels here. Camel racing has always been a very popular sport in Arab and with the addition of remote-controlled jockeys the camel race has been modernized. Watching a camel race is going to be a memorable experience for you as the race and tradition both are going to entertain you a lot.
During the race, the camel owners drive their 4x4s around the camels while beeping their horns. The racing season is from October to March, but you should call and check the race timing before visiting the site because there are no fix timings or timetable for the races. Al Tallah Camel Racecourse also hosts a camel beauty pageant and an annual camel festival in February every year. This festival attracts participants from all over the Gulf region.
Equestrian Club Ajman
Equestrian Club is home to more than 100 beautiful Arabian horses. This is a very popular horse-riding school located near the city center. There are different lessons for all ages and experience. The school offers both group and private lessons which are available in several languages.
Aamnah Bint Ahmad Al Ghurair Mosque
This beautiful mosque was built by the Crown Prince of Ajman, Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, in the memory of his mother. The mosque has instantly become a wonderful landmark and an attraction for many visitors with its vibrant white and gold colors. The orange/yellow lights at night add to the beauty and make it a spectacular site. The minarets have beautiful calligraphy which create a unique design that looks like maze. The mosque is built with modern and traditional Islamic architectural techniques and emphasizes on Andalusian and Moroccan styles.
Ajman Fish Market
Almost all the Emirates have fishing markets. Fishing has always been the part of Arabian culture. Visiting a fishing market is always a great way to understand the deep roots of culture of a city or nation. Either its Ajman, Dubai or Treviso in Italy, fishing markets offer a wonderful insight into the traditions of a country.
You will find many visitors and locals in the Ajman Fish Market. There is an abundance of fresh seafood and the sound of bargains everywhere. There are stalls which offer fresh fish spiced and grilled at the spot. The market is open every day from 7 am to 1:30 pm. It takes short break and then re-opens at 5 pm and closes at 10 pm.
Ajman Qubes is a very interesting place as it displays the beautiful sustainable architecture by the side of a wonderful family park. The idea is to pave way and support the young entrepreneurs who have new ideas aligned with the environment sustainability. The place has some restaurants, cafes, a Spa and an art gallery.