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  • General Information

    Other Name: Coastal City, District: NA, State: Ajman, United Arab Emirates
    Area: 260 km²
    Languages Spoken: Arabic and English
    Long Distance Code: +971 6
    Importance: Ajman is currently the only emirate in the UAE offering investors of any nationality fully transparent true 100% freehold ownership on real estate.
    Best Time to Visit: October to December and March
    International Access: Connected to rest of the world by air via Dubai.
  • Description

    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.
  • Location

    Located along the Persian Gulf.
  • Climate

    Sub-tropica,Arid Climate
Ajman FortBuilt in the late 18th century and then shelled by British war ships in the year 1820 like all other forts and citadels of Northern Emirates, Ajman Fort was once the residence of the ruling family of the emirate. It has been built using the local building materials including sea stones and gypsum while special tree trunks were brought down from the East Africa to add more sturdiness and color to the ceiling of the place. After the shelling by the British, the fort was then restored in the 19th century and again in the late 20th century. With its huge arch built of honey colored ssandstones on top of its beautifully ornate gates, the place has often been described as one of the most beautiful citadels of Ajman.
Housing detailed representations of the various historical periods of the emirate, Ajman National Museum is a major tourist attraction of the city. Built in late 18th century, the museum was once a ruler’s residence which was later used as a fort and now a museum that exhibits the inheritances of the long lost civilizations, history of the emirate and the general surrounding area. There are also the archeological evidences that have been put up to illustrate the fact that Ajman had human settlements on its land even more than five thousand years ago. This makes the fort as one of the most important fortresses and forts spread all over the UAE related to the early history of the country. The history buffs are sure to have ball here with all the exhibits and displays put up along with the descriptions regarding the same.
Dhow YardThe Dhow Yard of Ajman is said to be one of the largest active dhow building yards of the world. Here, the tourists will get an opportunity to watch the dhows getting built in a completely traditional manner. These ocean going boats of Arabic origins are built with traditional tools and guidelines that have been passed down from generation to generation without any sort of blueprint. In addition to these traditional vessels, modern speed boats are also built that are then sent to compete in races like the Dubai speed boat race. The dhow yard is also featured as the biggest boat building yard of the world that houses more than 30 boats at any single moment of the day. In fact, to improve the durability of these speed boats as well as their performance, many use fiber glass instead of wood.
Etisalat Tower, AjmanIn recent years, Ajman has witnessed a construction boom. This boom has results in the improvement of the whole infrastructural facilities of the city. With many high rise commercial and residential buildings being built, distinguished architectural designs are being used to add a unique touch to them. One of the major landmarks in this gleaming new cityscape is the newly built Etisalat Tower that was an instant landmark due to its unique design and special features. Designed in the traditional mosque style, the tower is topped by a large sphere, also termed as the ‘Giant golf ball’. It is due to this distinct design that the tower is often counted among some of the most distinct skyscrapers of the world.
MasfoutLocated around 95kms southeast of the Ajman city, Masfout is a fast developing tourist attraction of the emirate. The inhabitants of this small little town are said to descend from the tribes of Bany kaab and Bodawat. The charm of this place lies in its fascinating scenery that include the Calcium Mountains that extend almost up to the sultanate of Oman. Accompanying these mountains are highly fertile valleys that have running water throughout the year. Some of these valleys that are used for the agricultural purposes are Al Swamer, Hadf valley, Defdhaa, Leem, Gulfa, and Leshn Valleys. It is because of these that the area is considered is a major agricultural hotspot of the country.
MowaihatConsidered to be one of the most famous archeological sites of UAE, Mowaihat came to the tourism forefront after the discovery of the ancient UMM Al Nar period circular tomb in 1986, when some workers were laying a new sewage pipe in the area. Dating back to 2000- 2500 BC, the tomb was an important discovery as it also contained several artifacts that established the lifestyle of the people of that period such as painted ceramic vessels, stamp seals, beads, copper utensils and others, in addition to being the first evidence of the Umm Al Nar occupation of North Emirates. Further related discoveries were then made by the Belgian delegation of Legant University that wanted to establish the fact that UAE had good trading relations with Jamrat Nasr, Delmon, Loristion, and Mohenjodaro civilizations. Material recovered from these tombs and excavations are now on display in the Ajman Museum.