Holidays to Ajman
This relaxed city is the capital of the emirate of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates. Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates, and is only just starting to show signs of the wave of development which has transformed cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The capital city is a chic collection of shopping malls and fine hotels fringed by a white-sand beach.
Holidays in Ajman are the ideal blend of relaxation and sightseeing, with a welcoming atmosphere that has been lost slightly in the bigger, more developed cities in the UAE. Ajman is close to the international airports of Dubai and Sharjah, and you can reach these easily by taxi or by hiring a car. The climate is hot and dry, with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius all year round and peaking above 30 degrees Celsius in the autumn.
The central square is dominated by an old fort which was built in the late 18th century and has been used as a ruler’s palace and police station. Now it is the home of the Ajman Museum which depicts the history of Ajman through photographs and artefacts.
Stroll along the seafront on the pristine beach lined with palm trees. The water is clear and you can often spot dolphins playing in the shallows. The Corniche is a favourite hangout of many Ajman residents, who have picnics and barbeques when the weather is cool enough.
Eating and drinking
There is a diverse range of eateries in Ajman, from laid-back beach cafes to fine dining restaurants. Relaxing in a shisha restaurant or bar is also a very popular way to while away the hot afternoons, as they usually have air conditioning and free internet.
To see the fishermen bringing in the day’s catch and be the first to barter for it, head to the fish market. Having your fish cooked then and there in the market gives you a fresh taste of the Arabian Sea, and is likely to be the highlight of your Ajman holiday.
It is legal to drink alcohol in Ajman and alcoholic drinks are served at most bars and restaurants.
The gleaming Ajman City Centre mall is home to many modern stores selling designer wear and major clothing brands. This is the largest of many malls in Ajman town centre.
On the more traditional side of town, you can find a bustling Iranian souq where traders offer ceramics and domestic goods.
Where to stay
Your holiday to Ajman should include a stay in one of the city’s luxurious hotels, which offer a premium experience at affordable prices. There are other accommodation options available in the town centre, including beach apartments and mid-range hotels.