When we mention the United Arab Emirates, what do you think of? Perhaps a couple of major names come to mind? Most notably Dubai and Abu Dhabi. As a result, it’s pretty easy to forget about the other five emirates that the UAE has to offer.
However, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Fujairah have recently begun a push for tourism, making them up-and-coming destinations within the region. Up until this point, Umm Al Qaiwain and Ajman have remained fairly unknown… until now. Ajman is making a name for itself and making sure people remember it for a number of reasons. So, if the UAE is on your list, give Ajman a try… it may not be well-known now but there’s no doubt it will be in the foreseeable future.
Great value for money
As you can imagine Ajman is a cheaper holiday than the better-known Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Especially now whilst the emirate remains relatively unfamiliar with travellers. Although Ajman is not as developed as Dubai, you can still have a relaxed and enjoyable holiday in the emirate and all for a cheaper price. Ajman is known to be a quieter destination, making it not only perfect for locals who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in Dubai but for visitors who would prefer a more tranquil visit to the UAE.
As a result, hotel stays would be affordable, and you’ll get good value for your money. Plus, if your stay isn’t an all inclusive one, you can enjoy a range of restaurants in Ajman (especially along the Corniche) which will no doubt help you to save during your holiday.
Sandy shores and beach resorts
We all love a sandy beach during our holidays abroad and Ajman holidays are no exception. Not only do you get long stretches of sand, but you also have fantastic weather to enjoy the beaches too. In fact, Ajman is a great choice for a winter sun destination as it experiences pleasant temperatures in the mid to high 20s between October and April.
You’ll find some of Ajman’s top hotels along the Corniche seafront where lovely soft sands are waiting. Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the Corniche offers visitors a range of restaurants and cafes and is in a way the beating heart of Ajman. Ajman Beach has beautiful crystal waters which could rival popular island destinations, so it’s clear that beach lovers will surely have a great time here. If you’re interested in having a beach right on your doorstep, you’ll love a stay at one of Ajman’s top beach resorts. Choose from the Ajman Saray, A Luxury Collection Resort, The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah or the Fairmont Ajman. Each of these resorts have a wonderful range of facilities to enjoy as well as placing you right on the beach, so you can have the best of both worlds.
A wide array of places to visit
Ajman may be the smallest out of the seven emirates but it’s not lacking in the sightseeing department. Whether you’re in Ajman City, Masfout or Al Manama there’s no shortage of excitement and intrigue.
Ajman City is the emirate’s capital, lying right along its coastline, this is where the majority of its population lives. The great thing about the city is that it puts you within easy reach of a range of sights, including the Al Zorah Nature Reserve. The perfect day out for those who love the outdoors and activities like bird watching, the Al Zorah Nature Reserve combines blue lagoons, leafy mangroves and sandy beaches. It’s also home to around 60 different species of birds. The reserve offers a variety of water activities like kayaking which is the chosen form of transport for exploring the mangroves up close. Overall, the Al Zorah community is fast developing and features an 18-hole golf course, which will surely appeal to golf lovers around the world.
Masfout is an enclave surrounded by the Hajar Mountains. It’s essentially a paradise for hikers and nature trail enthusiasts. It’s a 90-minute drive away from the capital of Ajman City, but its foothills and rocky landscape makes it perfect for visitors looking for a little bit of action and a breath of fresh air. Whether it’s walking, mountain biking or hiking, Masfout has plenty to offer. If you’re searching for a bit of history in Masfout, look no further than the Bin Sultan Mosque. Built in 1815, this mosque is the oldest in Ajman which is reason enough to explore its charming grounds.
On the other hand, there is Al Manama, yet another enclave which is situated in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. It is best-known for its agriculture and farming, although it also counts a museum and the Hassa Buweid Castle among its wonders. This castle was originally built by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi to be used as a fortress in 1976. Although a relatively new structure, the castle’s architecture is reminiscent of Ajman’s older buildings.
Tons of exciting activities to do
Although Ajman is often regarded as one of the most laid-back emirates, there are still many sources of adventure. Aside from cooling off at the beach, Ajman has a range of opportunities to gain insight into its culture, natural scenery and wildlife.
Culture and heritage
Culture and heritage are an important aspect of Ajman, whether it’s roaming around a souq admiring the wide variety of souvenirs or heading to Ajman’s enclaves and exploring its castles and forts, the emirate’s culture is on display for all to see. On top of that, visit one of its museums to discover even more about the history and culture of Ajman. Between the Ajman Museum and the Manama Museum, there’s much to be learnt. The Ajman Museum contains fascinating artefacts from the emirate’s past all within a restored 18th-century fort. Enjoy displays which cover everything from weaponry to jewellery. The museum’s opening times are Saturday – Thursday (8:00am – 8:00pm) and Friday (2:30pm – 8:00pm). Plus, the Manama Museum located in the Al Manama enclave also features many of Ajman’s typical crafts and is also held within a fort (however a more recent one) built in the 20th-century.
One of the most appealing aspects of the UAE is its desert landscape. There’s no better way to explore it than to head out there yourself on a desert safari! Traverse the golden sands via a camel or an off-road vehicle as you admire the wildlife and surrounding scenery. Make the most of the nearby dunes as your off-road vehicle measures up to them in a thrilling ride or go sand-boarding and whizz down for hair-raising fun. Many desert tours will include lovely extras like henna painting or a traditional breakfast/dinner at a nearby camp.
On the other hand, Ajman has wonderful conditions for different types of water sport. Whether you’re heading out to the beach or a nature reserve filled with mangroves and lagoons, there’s always a popular way to get around in the water. Many of Ajman’s beachfront hotels will be pleased to host you on the water, so you can get stuck into anything from the adrenaline-pumping windsurfing and jetskiing to the calmer activities of paddle boarding and fishing. The Al Zorah nature reserve is the best spot to have a go at kayaking and sailing as you manoeuvre around its lush greenery.