Things to do in Ajman
While the most well-known sights in Ajman fall into the historic and cultural categories, there's plenty of outdoor diversions to hold your interest for a day trip or overnight stay in the emirate. For starters, the laidback ambience of the 16-kilometre stretch of sandy white public beach known as Ajman Corniche is a big drawcard where you can enjoy the warm, clear water of one of the UAE's best beaches. Those staying at Kempinski Hotel Ajman have a private beach at their disposal with uninterrupted views of the Persian Gulf. Sheesha or hookah cafes, including those that serve 'cocktail sheeshas' made with real fruit, dot the Corniche if you're keen to try smoking through water pipes. It's also a prime people-watching spot and a popular route for runners.
For retail therapy, Ajman has a few malls of which Ajman City Centre is the largest with shopping, entertainment and eateries. The Friday Market, which actually operates daily, is located near Al Dhaid and you'll find souvenirs, crafts, carpets, traditional clothing and jewellery in this popular and bustling souk.
The Ajman Stud, located 30 kilometres away in the dunes, is owned by the Crown Prince of Ajman and breeds some of the best Arabian thoroughbred horses in the world, which are on show at the annual Ajman Arabian Horse Show in January, a key event on the UAE racing calendar. Also just out of town is the historic Mowaihat site where a circular Umm Al-Nar tomb was discovered in the mid-1980s and the artifacts now displayed in the Ajman Museum.
Ajman also contains a number of verdant parks and mosques to admire, as well as a fish souk for the freshest catch of the day, with a side of theatre where you can also get your purchase scaled and filleted to your specifications and cooked onsite. Want more? Below are the top-rated attractions to see in Ajman.
Housed in an 18th-century fort, the Ajman Museum contains an intriguing collection of ancient artifacts from the Mowaihat tomb site on the outskirts of town, as well as curious lifesize replicas of coastal Bedouin culture and lifestyle.
A must for visitors to Ajman, the renowned Dhow Yard is where you can see dhow wooden sail boats being constructed as they have been for centuries from knowledge passed down by oral tradition from generation to generation and without construction plans!