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Introduction

Ajman (Arabic: عجمان Ajmān) is the smallest of the emirates and a city of United Arab Emirates. Ajman is centrally located on the western coast of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirate lies on the Gulf coast where its beach extends for 16 km, and the total area of Ajman is 259 km³. Its population estimate is about 230 thousand as the year of 2004. The area of the Emirate of Ajman is about 460 km2. while the total area including the regional waters is about 600 km2. 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. The ruling family of Ajman is the AL Nuaimi tribe.

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Sights and Activities

  • Ajman Museum. An old fort in the central square. Built in the late 16th century it has serve as the ruler's palace. In the 70’s it was put under usage as a police station. You can see different artifacts and reconstruction of traditional life. 4 dirhams (about 1 USD).

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Getting There

Ajman enjoys being located in the middle of the Emirates as a whole. The emirate borders Sharjah and is 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.

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Getting Around

Taxis are really easy to find and are convenient for getting around in Ajman. Of course taxis can also be used to get to other emirates too. Look for the unmetered Ajman taxi as they offer cheaper prices than the official metered ones, e.g. 10 dirhams to Sharja, 40 dirhams to Dubai (best during the peak times.)

Look out 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.

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Eat

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maramis Cafe is the best place for Shisha in Ajman. Air conditioned and quality service with Internet.
  • Ajman Fish Market. A great place to see fisherman bring out the fresh catch and watch the middlemen auction them to the shopkeepers. Its possible to buy fish and get it cooked right there in the fish market or across the street.

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Drink

Alcohol is allowed in Ajman and is available easily at hotels and restaurants.

Tap water is considered ok but it has a slightly salted taste. The obvious reason is that desalination plants are used to provide tap water. More to the point, you can safely use it to brush your teeth and prepare tea.

Bottled water is also available in any store around town.

The famous "Hole In The Wall" - located next to the Kempinski Hotel Ajman - was one of the few liquor shops in Ajman. Now moved down the street near the Beach Resort.

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Sleep

  • 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.
  • Kempinski Hotel Ajman, Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi street, ☏ +971 6 714 5555. 5 star hotel, sprawled along the shores of Ajman, Kempinski Hotel Ajman boasts over 500 metres of private beach, one of the best in the United Arab Emirates, with white sand and clear waters stretching into the Persian Gulf.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are fairly common in the larger cities, and web censorship is at times odd, but rarely obtrusive. Free wifi is rolled out over the country, starting with Abu Dhabi en Dubai in 2014 and 2015, and many places like hotels, restaurants, bars and coffee places have free wifi as well.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code is 971. Emergency numbers include 999 (police), 998 (ambulance) and 997 (fire), though the general 112 number can be used as well.

The mobile phone network uses the GSM technology and use is widespread. The format for dialing is: +971-#-### ####, where the first "#" designates the area code. Key area codes include Dubai (4), Sharjah (6) and Abu Dhabi (2). Calls to mobile phones use the operator's area codes: (50/56) for Etisalat and (55) for Du.

If you bring your own cellphone, be sure to switch off roaming to avoid high costs, or otherwise purchase a local SIM card from Du or Etisalat. You need your passport with valid visa to purchase the SIM card.

Post

Emirates Post provides services in the country. It's fairly affordable and reliable and many post offices keep long hours from Saturday to Thursday, usually from around 7:30am to 8:00pm or even a little later. Most are closed on Fridays, though some are open for a few hours. If you want to send packages internationally, you might want to use companies like DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and competitively priced. A good alternative is the country's own Empost UAE.

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