Ajman - The capital of the eponymous and the smallest emirate, which is part of the UAE. In the southwest, it is adjacent to Sharjah, in the northeast - with Umm al-Quwain. The ten-kilometer resort area of this cozy city is located along the Persian Gulf, and its historical, administrative and commercial areas are concentrated around the natural Khor Ajman Bay, which cuts two kilometers into the coast for two kilometers.
By the standards of luxurious Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the metropolitan Ajman looks like a provincial Arab town, but, despite its miniature and outward modesty, it has something to offer guests. The spacious snow-white beaches washed by the warm azure waters of the Persian Gulf are well equipped, and tourists are pleased all year round with the opportunity to spend time in idle serenity or to prefer a dynamic vacation, diving, surfing, water skiing, motorbikes. In the resort area of Ajman, modern hotels offering a high level of service are located, and its old quarters with traditional Arabian architecture welcome travelers with the same oriental hospitality and friendliness.
The capital of the tiny emirate cannot boast of particularly outstanding sights, and such dizzying attractions as in Dubai cannot be found here either. However, you can easily find yourself in one of the neighboring emirates, because Ajman is part of a large metropolis - the urban agglomeration of Dubai - Sharjah - Ajman, and is connected to these cities by magnificent high-speed highways.
History and Modernity
The history of Ajman, as well as the history of the entire region in which the United Arab Emirates are located, goes back to the prehistoric era. For centuries, nomadic tribes lived here, and by the name of one of them the locality got its name. On this land, people have long been engaged in fishing, breeding camels, catching pearls. In 1803, the tribe clan Nuaimi was established at the head of Ajman, whose leader declared this territory an independent state. Representatives of the Nuaimi dynasty rule in the emirate to this day.
In 1820, Ajman, like neighboring sheikh states, having signed the General Peace Treaty with Great Britain, came under its protectorate. The city grew, trade developed here, a port was built on the shore of Khor-Ajman Bay, and then a shipyard, where they began to build traditional Arab sea boats - dhows.
Ajman Fort in 1980
For a long period, the main profit in Ajman’s treasury was brought by the pearl trade, but since 1930, the income began to melt: at this time, Japan developed a technology for producing artificial pearls, which gradually began to be applied in other countries. Shipbuilding, on the contrary, continued to develop and improve here. Today at the city shipyard, in addition to traditional dhows, motor boats, yachts, light and durable fiberglass boats are produced. The Ajman Shipyard has become so famous that clients from other Middle Eastern countries come here to order exclusive vessels.
As part of the new state - the UAE, formed in 1971, Ajman did not survive rapid development, like the neighboring emirates, since there is no oil production. In order to attract investment in trade and construction, the Ajman Free Zone was established in the port of Ajman, and non-resident foreigners were given the right to fully own property, which is not allowed in other emirates. Not rapidly, but surely, the tourist infrastructure is developing here: the luxurious coast is gradually built up with hotels, including those belonging to famous world brands, the number of shopping and entertainment centers is increasing. According to authorities, tourists should also be attracted by the absence of the Prohibition. Ajman even opened a specialized store with the symbolic name “Holl in The Wall”, where you can buy alcoholic beverages (previously it was located near the Kempinski Hotel, but today it has moved to the Beech Hotel).
Attractions and entertainment
The main attraction of Ajman is the National Historical Museum, located in the building of the old fort, which was erected in the XVIII century near the coast of the Persian Gulf. In 1820, the fort was significantly damaged due to artillery shelling by British warships. After the conclusion of the General Peace Treaty with the British, the fort was rebuilt, and it became the residence of the sheikhs ruling in Ajman. In 1981, a museum was opened here. It presents historical, archaeological and ethnographic expositions, there is a rich collection of ancient weapons. Museum exhibits and mock-ups with wax figures recreate the atmosphere of bygone eras, the former and modern way of life of the local population, clearly demonstrating what dramatic changes have occurred here over the past 50 years.
Ajman National History Museum
Ajman's oldest attraction is the square watchtower. This building, built of yellowish stone, has been preserved in its original form. The tower is located on the bay, and you can see it at the entrance to the city.
Not far from the National Museum, you can see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, decorated with a magnificent dome and four graceful minarets. She, like the famous White Mosque in Abu Dhabi, is dedicated to one of the founders of the country and its first president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This building with laconic clean forms and a facade decorated with cream carved stone looks very impressive, sitting on a paved stone square.
Curious in terms of architecture and the residence of Emir Ajman. Entering into it, of course, is not possible, but it is worth admiring this modern building, having come here in the evening, when the residence is highlighted and looks especially nice.
A walk along the Ajman promenade will bring you pleasure at any time of the day. The promenade offers wonderful views, there are all conditions for a relaxing holiday: cozy restaurants and cafes where it is nice to smoke hookah, souvenir shops and shops.
The most exotic corner of the city that you just need to capture in photos and videos is the fish market. From seven in the morning until ten in the evening, with a short lunch break, life is in full swing and an unimaginable noise reigns: at dawn the fishermen unload the catch, and from 5:00 p.m. wholesale, oriental expressive trading with exchange rates begins.
If you find yourself in Ajman from October to March, do not miss the chance to look at the camel races that are held here at this time. The main track where the competition takes place lies in a desert area, not far from the airport of the neighboring emirate - Sharjah. The track is called Al Tallah Camel Racecourse. You can get here for free.
This national sport is very spectacular, and running always makes a stunning impression on tourists, because not every day you can see camels racing at a speed of 25 km / h. These animals are bred in special conditions, and the cost of some of them may exceed $ 1 million. Owners of furry champion runners get expensive prizes, and riders here are replaced by almost weightless special devices with which camels can be remotely controlled. The top officials of the state are often present at these competitions.
In winter, a large camel festival takes place in Ajman. This usually happens in February, but the exact date varies from year to year.
The pride of Ajman is its magnificent wide beaches with snow-white and fine sand, like flour. The best of them belong to hotels erected along the coastline. Hotel guests use beach services for free, and strangers will have to pay entry fees. Entrance to the beach of the Kempinski hotel, for example, will cost about 110 dirhams. Such beaches are equipped with nice rattan beds with comfortable mattresses, stationary umbrellas, light canopies with thatched roofs, gazebos, cafes.
A ship stranded
Ajman also has municipal (free) beaches. They are located at the entrance to the city, but from the bustle of the city are separated by a dense strip of palm trees. The beaches are worse equipped than those owned by hotels, however, it is always clean here, rescue services work. Local residents often relax on public beaches, and it is worth knowing that girls dressed in Muslim Burkini swimsuits are strictly forbidden to photograph - they can be fined or even sent out of the country.
On certain days of the week, only women with children under 10 years old have access to the public beaches of Ajman. It is possible to specify on what days access to the beach is limited directly on the spot.
The coastline of Ajman is gentle, sometimes to a depth that allows you to swim, you need to walk a few tens of meters. Coastal waters delight with its bright azure color and crystal clearness. They are unclear for a short time during the period when it is storming in the bay.
The best time for a beach holiday in Ajman is October-May, at this time from +23 to +35 ° C. It is very hot in summer, often the air temperature exceeds +45 ° С. Rains in these parts are extremely rare.
In Ajman, only three large shopping and entertainment centers are finally completed and ready to receive visitors; other commercial complexes are still at different stages of construction. All of them are not as grand as in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but they are quite capable of captivating passionate shopping lovers. The largest and most popular shopping center in the city is Ajman City Center. There are large shops and boutiques with a wide range of goods of various price categories, but, in any case, purchases in this shopping center will be cheaper than in other emirates. After shopping, you will be pleased to relax in one of the pretty courtyards located here, sitting down at a table and ordering food in any of the surrounding restaurants, cafes or fast food establishments.
Take a stroll through the China Mall, a shopping center whose architectural appearance is different from the classic mall shopping centers - rather, it resembles a huge indoor market. Here are located about a thousand shops where you can inexpensively purchase anything from clothing, shoes, jewelry to furniture, building materials and auto parts. Mainly in China Mall presents goods from China, the Middle East, CIS, Africa. There are several restaurants and cafes, and on Mondays from 19:00 to 21:00 costumed performances are held in the national Chinese style.
Interesting purchases can also be made on the main shopping street of Ajman, named after Sheikh Hamed bin Abdul Aziz. There are shops where you can buy fashionable clothes, and a market where traditional products of Arab masters are presented: coffee pots, antique stylized weapons made of silver and copper, souvenirs from lapis lazuli, malachite, luxurious handmade Persian rugs, delivered from Iran, original jewelry brought from Oman and Yemen.
Restaurants and Cafes
Ajman is famous for its wonderful restaurants and cafes with Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese cuisine. Satisfied will be lovers to treat themselves to seafood. On average, a hearty dinner for two in the center and on the Ajman embankment will cost 80-120 dirhams, but the farther from the central part of the city, the cheaper the cost of dishes.
Several excellent restaurants are located in the Kempinski hotel, where you can also visit the popular Sheesha coffee and hookah coffee shop, from the terrace of which there is an amazing view of the sea coast.
Vegetarians should look into the famous India House restaurant, and fast food fans will easily find the Sanad Winner Cafeteria chain, where you can always enjoy hearty hamburgers, pizza and sandwiches, as well as great juicy shawarma. You can have a delicious breakfast and lunch at the food courts located in the shopping centers of Ajman.
Hotels in Ajman
Today in Ajman there are only about three dozen hotels. Some of them are located on the coast, others in the city. One of the best hotels, the five-star Ajman Kempinski, is located at the port entrance. It is cozy and calm, the interiors are made in the traditional Arabic style, and the hotel's beach is considered the best on the entire coast of Ajman. The cost of living - from $ 180 per day.
The four-star recently built Ramada Beach Ajman also has its own beach. This hotel is popular with tourists for its excellent cuisine and high level of service. Staying here starts at $ 80.
One of the best three-star hotels located on the first line is Ajman Beach Hotel. This small, cozy hotel has its own swimming pool, garden courtyard with nice cafes, and, most importantly, a spacious, never-crowded beach. The cost of living here is from $ 60 per room per night.
Today, on the coast of Ajman, a grandiose resort area of Al-Zora is being equipped. The fashionable hotel The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah is already hosting guests here. It is located right on the seafront, surrounded by mangroves. You can stay in one of two 4-storey buildings or in one of 15 villas. Here tourists expect spacious elegant rooms, a huge swimming pool, gourmet cuisine, however, and rest here can not be called budget: the cost of living in a standard room is from $ 300. The resort has an 18-hole golf club, one of the largest in the country.
How to get there
Ajman does not yet have its own international airport. It is most convenient for tourists from Russia to get here from the airports of Dubai or Sharjah, which are connected with Russian cities by direct flights (scheduled and charter). If you are not met by hotel transport, you can get to Ajman by bus (10-20 dirhams), but this is inconvenient for travelers with luggage, as firstly, you will have to make transfers, and secondly, from the city bus station to the hotel anyway, you have to get a taxi.
It is best to immediately use the taxi services provided by the local carrier Adjman taxi. A trip from Sharjah Airport to a hotel in Ajman will cost no more than 60 dirhams, from Dubai Airport - about 100 dirhams. If you want to save 2-3 times, find travel companions and hire a so-called “group taxi”, designed for four passengers with baggage.
Right at the airport you can rent a car, which will make your vacation more diverse and enjoyable, especially since the roads in the UAE are some of the best in the world. Rent on average costs 90-110 dirhams / day, the cost of gasoline is 0.8 dirhams / liter.
Interesting places Ajman
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The Ajman Museum is housed in a magnificent fort built at the end of the 18th century. This fort served as a government palace until 1970. From 1970 to 1978, the fort was a police station, which explains the exhibitions held here with the participation of handcuffs and police uniforms.
The National History Museum was opened in 1981.Now it contains ancient objects and things found during the laying of the pipeline: weapons, ancient manuscripts, jewelry, craft products. With the help of wax figures, the atmosphere of the former way of life of the Arabian life was recreated in the museum.
The museum can be visited from 9 to 13 hours, as well as from 17 to 20 hours from Sunday to Tuesday. On Fridays, the museum is open from 17 to 20 hours.
Persian Gulf. Cafes. Playgrounds for children. Convenient to visit by those who have stayed in the following hotels: Verona, Beach hotel, Ramada Beach, Coral Beach, Caravan Resort, Kempinski hotel.
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City Center (Ajman)
City Centers are notable for their richness))) In addition to products here you can buy clothes, shoes, sporting goods, cosmetics and perfumes, bags, watches, gold items, Arabic oils, electronics and children's things. In each City Center (they are in every Emirate) there is a children's play area and a sea of cafes for every taste.
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Beach in Ajman
There are few people on the beach, everyone is located at a great distance from each other and it seems that you are alone by the sea. You close your eyes and hear the sound of the surf. Continuous Relax The water is clean, just transparent, from the coast to a depth of about 60 meters, such a zone of shallow water. .
Fish Market (Ajman)
It’s just interesting to see what is found in the waters of the Persian Gulf. You can take the cook of your hotel - it’ll fry. )))
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The red fort was built by Sheikh Humaid and consists of four rooms and two towers. Each tower consists of two rooms. After the reconstruction of the fort, a third tower was added. The red fort got its name because of the color of its walls. The peculiarity of this place is a large number of trees, which is why the fort is completely hidden by greenery.
Ajman Water Park
The emirate of Ajman itself does not have its own water park, but you can quickly get to Dreamland Aqua Park - a huge entertainment complex, which includes more than 25 attractions. Water themed attractions for lovers of swimming, swimming pools for children, a crazy river, kamikaze, twisters and a giant swimming pool with waves - all this you will find in this water park. You can also go to the water parks of Dubai, which are located not much further.
Dow Boat Construction Center
North of Ajman Bay is the world's largest dow boat construction center. Beautiful dhow boats here are built with traditional tools without any design, according to the skills that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
This amazing mosque has a traditional architecture with a sacred aspect. Due to its beauty, it has become one of the best places to visit in Ajman. The official opening was made by the ruler of the emirate, Sheikh Hydeid Rashid. It has an area of 37,000 sq.m. the mosque is able to receive 2500 believers at the same time.
A landmark in Ajman is the vibrant Etisalat Tower, built in the traditional style of a mosque with pink paint on a white background. This is one of the most popular skyscrapers in the world. Etisalat Tower is an amazing place for tourists and you will never miss it while traveling to Ajman. Often Etisalat is needed by tourists only as a background for photographs.
The main attraction of Movaihat is the archaeological site, which was accidentally discovered in 1986. Later this object was restored and turned into a tourist attraction from around the world. There are tombs and various elements that served for many people. Fans of archeology during a vacation in Ajman are simply obliged to visit the archaeological site of Mowaihat.
This castle is located on a hilltop and represents the historical heritage of Ajman. The castle has the shape of a tower and is equipped with some structures to protect against enemies. This castle has two beautiful rooms that are worth exploring.
Ajman Fish Market
The fish market has been one of the main places in this emirate for over 85 years. It is located on the shores of Ajman Bay and every day offers a large selection of fish and seafood. It is worth noting that it is quite clean, neat and beautiful. True, the smell of fish can scare away many tourists from this place.
Ajman city center
This is a large shopping center with all the amenities for shopping, entertainment and lunch or dinner. There are many shops here, including a hypermarket, six movie theaters and many restaurants. It was developed by Majid Al Futaim properties. Most of the shopping center is occupied by shops. The trading area of Ajman City Center is about 37,000 square meters. There are 16 restaurants with several cuisines. Another special place is Magic Planet - a large entertainment area for children.