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Ajman

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"Ajman: An excursion along the coast"

Ajman Tourism

Peaceful and relaxed, Ajman is the smallest of all seven emirates and is known for its scenic beauty and beautiful beaches. It is also a growing economy with numerous options of sightseeing such as museums, beaches, fort and shopping complexes.

Situated along the western coast of United Arab Emirates, Ajman is snuggled on the Arabian Gulf with its coastline extending up to 16 km. Apart from it being a rapidly growing business hub, there has also been an increase in the shopping culture and other activities attracting tourists in large number. As a tourist destination, it offers its visitors a sunny vacation and an enriching historical experience. With some of the best sandy shorelines in U.A.E, Ajman is a place to relax and laze under the sun.

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Shopping in Ajman

Ajman is a perfect place to shop with the charm of a small city. Ajman City Centre is the only popular mall in the city and is thus, always bustling with locals and tourist. It tunnel-like structure comprises of numerous major brands and designer houses and a plethora of food outlets as well, placed on either side. The "Magic Planet" area with rides, games, simulators & fast food outlets is quite a hit among kids and families. The place is very busy on Thursdays and Fridays. Other than the mall, there are small traditional souks in Ajman selling local products.

Nightlife in Ajman

The nightlife at Ajman is quite different from the glittering nightlife of Dubai or Abu Dhabi. However, here the crowd is more inclined to the clubs at several hotels, the only places where alcohol is allowed to be served. One will mainly witness the crowd gathered at the Holiday Beach Club in Al Rumailah that has clubs, restaurants and as many as 16 bars, also including the famous Baywatch nightclub. Another main option is that one can enjoy the flashy nightlife of Dubai, which is just 20 minutes drive away.

History of Ajman

With a history tracing back to almost 3000 BC, Ajman is a place of great heritage and culture. The excavations and ancient burial sites and distinctive clay potteries (showcased at Ajman Museum) at various archaeological sites is proof enough. However, the foundation for the modern Ajman was laid by Al Numain tribe back in the year 1810 by establishing a permanent settlement by the coast.

During the course of centuries, fishing and pearling were the major industry in the Gulf area. Things changed in Arabian Gulf, however, with the attack by the British during the mid 18th century. The birth of the Federation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971 brought back the stability in the Middle East region with the rise of seven emirates.

Religion of Ajman

Islam

Language of Ajman

Arabic is the main spoken language on Ajman and other six emirates. All the signboards are in Arabic with a subtitle in English. English is also widely spoken (considered as the business language). Other languages spoken in Ajman are Urdu, Hindi, Indonesian, and a few other languages. 

Commonly used phrases, which can be useful while travelling to Ajman, are:
  • Hi: Salam
  • Good Morning: Sabah el kheer
  • Welcome: Marhaba
  • Thank you: shukran
  • Goodnight: Tosbeho ala khair
  • Goodbye: Ma salama

Ajman Customs

Arabs are very particular about their dress code, which is followed almost similarly throughout the United Arab Emirates. Men usually wear dishdasha or Kandura, a white full-length shirtdress, which is worn with a white or red checked headdress, known as a ghutrah. An agal, a black cord is used to secure ghutrah.

For women, there is black abaya, a loose long robe to cover their usual clothes along with a headscarf known as Sheyla. Some women also cover their faces with a thin black veil. As a tourist, one is expected to respect the general culture and etiquettes.

Things to know in order to not offend any locals:
  • Public display of affection is not accepted anywhere in U.A.E, although the presence of people from various ethnic groups has lead to the acceptation of other social customs such as man and a woman holding hands. However, it is advised to avoid any such practices.
  • Tipping is also usually practised in Ajman, especially, in the hospitality sector but it is not obligatory in any form.

Currency in Ajman

Dirham is the major currency accepted in Ajman like all other emirates. Major cards like Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted at all major hotel properties, restaurants and car rentals. However, one will need cash while shopping at local souks and small eating joints.¾

Exchanging Money in Ajman

Currency exchange can be done in Ajman at the airport, banks and private money exchange office. One may get a better exchange rate at private offices. However, it is advisable to exchange some cash before you arrive in the emirate. ATMs are available at feasible distance dotted all across the city.

Restaurants and Local Food in Ajman

Ajman is a small emirate with numerous eating options. The place serves various cuisines such as Lebanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian and many more. The city caters to all kinds of visitors with its restaurant, eating outlets, fine dines and fast food chains. However, the most popular dishes of Ajman include Al Harees and Shawarma. One can get the real zest of local food at small restaurants dotted all over the emirate.
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