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Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates and is centrally located on the western coast of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirate lie on the Arabian 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.

 

Getting there

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. Ajman is planning to build an international airport in the area of Manama. To get to Ajman you can take a taxi from any airport to ajman city, or other wise rent a car and drive there through Emirates Highway. Taxis go to Sharjah and Dubai, and also to Ra's al Khaymah and Umm al Quwain. If you are planning to stay there and use it as base to visit Dubai expect traffic jams at rush hours. To get you an idea the average time to get to Dubai in rush hours is of one hour and more. Otherwise, only 20 minutes!

Get around

taxis: they 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 for the un-metered Ajman taxi- by offer cheaper prices than the official metered ones e.g. 10 dirhams to Sharjah, 40 dirhams to Dubai (best during the peak times.)

Look at for shared taxis that wait for 4 people to come and take the taxi, where you pay 10 dirhams to Dubai when 4 people are sharing the taxi. These are "unofficial" taxis, 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.

See

Ajman Museum (admission 4 Dhs ($1 approx. )

An old fort in the central square. Built in the late 16th century it has serve as the rulers palace. In the 70ís it was put under usage as a police station. You can see different artifacts and reconstruction of traditional life.

Beach

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.

Shopping

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.

Cusine

India House (Sheikh Humaid bin Abdul al-Aziz St; mains 4 to 10 Dhs)

Lulu Hypermarket has a nice cafe that is not too pricey, average 10 dirhams for a whole meal with a drink, as there portions are huge its money well spent, and a wide selection of smoothies at reasonable prices.

Clean and cheap vegetarian restaurant

You can find many other restaurants around town including fast food counters such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds and others. Just have a look around and you will find them easily. Beach front cafe eating is good and cheap. 2 donner kebab style wrap sandwiches in chicken or lamb, with fresh fruit smoothie costs about 15 Dhs.

Sleep

Mid-range

  • Dana Beach Resort, Arabian Gulf street, +971 6 742 9999. Attractive hotel with rooms facing the beach. Suites also include kitchens for longer stays. Restaurant serves no alcohol. Rooms Dh130, suites from Dh325
  • Emirates Plaza Hotel, Omer bin al-Khattab street +971 6 744 5777 fax +971 6 744 6642. Clean and basic hotel with helpful staff. The beach is just across the street. Rooms on the right side have a splendid view of the gulf! Singles Dh130, doubles Dh150.

High-range

  • Kempinski Hotel Ajman, Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi street, +971 6 714 5555. 5 star hotel, prawled along the shores of the idyllic emirate Ajman, Kempinski Hotel Ajman boasts over 500 metres of private beach, classed by many as the best in the United Arab Emirates, with pure white sand and crystal clear blue waters stretching into the infinity of the Arabian Sea. Singles from AED 1,080, doubles from AED 1,180.