Ajman is one of the lesser known of the seven Emirates which comprise the UAE. However, only a forty minute drive away from Dubai, the city is definitely worth checking out. Home to everything from ancient forts to luxurious resorts, there’s plenty to see and do in Ajman. Visitors should make sure to check out all that the Emirate has to offer.
Al Zorah Nature Reserve
For those looking to spend some time in nature, which is a rare opportunity in the UAE, the Al Zorah Nature Reserve is the place to head to. The reserve is populated by pink flamingos and mangroves, which attract bird watchers to check out nearly 60 different species of birds which can be found here. This is the perfect spot for those who wish to get in touch with nature and wildlife.
The Pavilion Al Zorah, Al Ittihad Road, Ajman, +971 6 701 4700
There’s no shortage of historical sites in the UAE, which together help to tell the history of the country to visitors and residents alike. The Ajman Museum is one of them. Built in the old Ajman Fort, which dates back to the 18th century and was home to the ruler of the Emirate until 1970, the museum showcases Ajman’s past. The museum houses documents and weapons which are centuries old and even an excavated cemetery.
Al Bustan, Ajman, +971 6 742 3824
Active tourism is growing around the globe and so it is in the UAE. In Ajman, visitors can climb the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, the collective of mountains on the border of the UAE and Oman. This is the perfect trail for beginners, not being too strenuous and allowing visitors to take their time and enjoy the scenic path. It’s not recommended to hike here during summer, as temperatures are too high.
Visit Ajman’s Corniche
A popular area in Ajman is the city’s corniche. Here, visitors and residents dine near the water and enjoy the breeze. The Ajman Cornice is populated by restaurants and shops, offering a perfect night out for the entire family filled with delicious food options. Several hotels are located in the area as well, which allows visitors to stay in one of the most popular areas in Ajman.
For those who enjoy golfing and do not wish to go to the far too popular courses of Dubai, Ajman offers fantastic places to tee off. The Al Zorah Golf Club is the perfect destination for golf enthusiast who can enjoy the growth of the sport in the UAE. The world-class course is also quite new, having opened in December 2015 and offers a pristine spot for golfers to enjoy their day out in the sun.
Go on a desert safari
Desert safaris are one of the most popular activities for visitors coming to UAE and this isn’t any different in Ajman. There are several travel agencies in Ajman which allow for the full experience in the Arabian desert, with everything from quad bikes to henna painting and more. This is certainly a must-do day trip for anyone visiting the Emirate, as it gives an insight into the traditions of Ajman and Emirati culture.
Visit the inland enclaves
For those looking to escape the city and immerse further into nature, the Ajman enclaves offer an unique setting. The Emirate is home to two different enclaves Al Manama, east of Ajman, and Masfout, in the south of the UAE and right next to the Hajar Mountains. To visit the Al Masfout enclave, you need to bring your passport, as the road there passes through Oman, but the trip will definitely be worth while.
Stay at a beach resort
For those who just wish to relax and kick back, while avoiding the crowded resorts in Dubai, Ajman has no shortage of massive and luxurious beach resorts. From the Kempinski Hotel Ajman to the Fairmont Ajman, here travelers can chill by the beach and enjoy a day soaking up vitamin D. There are resorts for every taste and budget, making it a great place to go with the whole family in order to have a quieter stay in the UAE.