Kempinski Blog Article
The smallest of the seven kingdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Emirate of Ajman is one of the country's lesser-known destinations, but despite this, its capital offers a lot in the way of excitement and relaxation. Quieter and more reserved than its glittering neighbours, it is the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious getaway.
Bordering Sharjah, Umm al Quwain and Dubai, all home to many hundreds of thousands (if not millions) more people, Ajman may not have the 24/7 style of its neighbours, but has lots to offer visitors. Instead of kilometre-tall skyscrapers, you will find swaying palm trees, and car-filled highways are replaced by long stretches of golden sand.
If you are looking to enjoy a taste of the Emirates but don't want to pay Dubai-scale prices, Ajman is a perfect choice, a place to explore the fast-paced cities of the gulf, before returning back for a little relaxation.
If you like seafood, Middle Eastern and global dishes, served in a rustic and authentic manner, Ajman is the place for you. Here, a visitor can enjoy a traditional, simple dinner one night, before sampling rich, authentic flavours from across the globe the next.
For seafood lovers there are lots of places to choose from. Safi Seafood Restaurant is one of the city's most well-known restaurants, offering Asian cuisine in a modern setting, while the more relaxed but equally as popular Themar Al Bahar Restaurant is another delicious choice serving up fish, crustaceans and Arabic dishes.
For European dishes, Sabella's fine line-up of Italian dishes and reputation for excellent service is known throughout the city, and for Indian cuisine, nothing beats a trip to Bukhara, where slow-cooked meats fall apart on the fork. Lastly, those looking for a taste of authentic Arabic cuisine should head to Chou Zaki, which serves a wide range of authentic Palestinian cuisine in a cosy setting.
There are all sorts of attractions and activities to experience during a trip to Ajman – here are some of our picks.
One of the most popular attractions in the city, Ajman Museum is a must-visit for people wanting to understand more about this lesser-known Emirati kingdom. Learn about the people of the area, the traditional way of life that once existed here, the political history of Ajman and much more, all shown within a late-18th century fort.
In a city renowned for its seafood, if you have an interest in fishing you should certainly think about booking a day’s fishing trip from one of the many providers in the city. The waters of the Persian Gulf are home to all sorts of underwater life – a great place to enjoy the sport and take in some fresh air.
City Centre Ajman
While outdoor activities are certainly popular in sun-soaked Ajman, sometimes the temperature can rise a little too quickly - a perfect excuse to go shopping! City Centre Ajman is home to all sorts of local and international stores, a cinema, restaurants and more.
Ajman Fish Market
If you are a true seafood lover and want to find incredibly fresh fish, ensure you to visit the city's fish market. If you are hungry, you can buy your fish and have it cooked for you just a short distance away!
The city's shores are almost entirely covered in pretty, white sands lapped by turquoise seas, and because of this, most visits to Ajman are accompanied by many trips to the beach. Most stretches of sand are complimented by bars offering seafood, drinks and sun loungers.
As is the case with most places in the UAE, Ajman is easily accessed from most large international destinations. The city itself doesn't currently have an international airport (it is currently under construction), the airports servicing Sharjah and Dubai are around 20 minutes away. Taxis are available at both of these airports, although due to taxis in Ajman being cheaper, it can be worth booking a pickup in advance.
Inside the city, taxis are the main form of public transport, and can be used in either a shared (where the taxi waits for all of the seats to be filled) or private form, with the former being cheaper. Tour buses and chartered cars are also available from the more expensive hotels and are a useful option for those wanting to make sightseeing a little easier.
Alcohol is available in most restaurants and hotels in Ajman, and the city's tap water is perfectly drinkable, although slightly salty.
In terms of accommodation, stay in 5-star luxury at Kempinski Hotel Ajman. Here, guests can enjoy fine food, outstanding service, and amazing views out over the ocean from a private and secluded beach.
Ajman is one of the lesser-known emirates, but should definitely make it into your list of places to visit. For more information, please feel free to get in touch.