10 things to do in Ajman
The smallest and least traveled emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Ajman is making great strides in developing its tourism offering. From sporting events to stunning stretches of coastline, the small seaside town, which spans just 259 square kilometers, has undergone major development over the past decade and despite its size offers a wealth of hidden gems. Here are 10 things to do and see in the emirate.
The best way to soak up the beauty of Al Zorah Nature Reserve is by kayaking. The calm waters around the verdant mangroves also make it a great place for beginners. Home to abundant flora and fauna, the region is home to 58 species of birds, including flamingos, egrets and herons. Aqdar Adventures invites visitors to participate in its mangrove plantation initiative, which is a great way to experience the region’s rich biodiversity, as well as a fun way to teach little ones about the importance of wetlands to the world. local ecosystem.
The Fairmont Ajman’s floating water park is a fun activity for the family, with a mix of inflatable domes, balance beams, and slides arranged along an obstacle course on the ledge. The park is open to hotel residents as well as non-residents and operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Returning for its fifth year this year, Ride Ajman takes place in December and is the emirate’s first competitive cycling race, with distances of either 58 km or 115 km. Looping around the smooth terrain of Al Zorah Marina, the race helped put the emirate on the sporting map, attracting competitors from across the country. The Masfout Mountain Bike Challenge is another favorite for those who prefer to compete over rougher terrain in the rocky mountainous region of the emirate.
One of the most scenic golf courses in the UAE, the verdant dunes of Al Zorah Golf Club are surrounded by beautiful coastline and mangroves. Designed by Nicklaus Design, the company founded by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus and managed by Troon Golf, the course has an 18-hole championship layout with a breathtaking backdrop. The par 72 course includes two lakes and 88 bunkers.
In the small enclave of Masfout, famous for its fertile farmland, visitors can expect impressive landscapes. Surrounded by the emirates of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, as well as neighboring Oman, Masfout offers the perfect escape from the city. Masfout Canyon is only 90 minutes from Dubai and is located close to Hatta, which enjoys higher elevations and cooler climates. A hike to Masfout Castle is also worth it.
Heritage at the ChÃ¢teau de Masfout
The picturesque Masfout Castle, a mountain-top fort 120 km southeast of Ajman town, is one of the emirate’s few historic sites. The 19th century structure was restored in the late 1940s and reflects the architecture and construction methods of the time, which favored stone, mud and wood. The small castle has only two rooms and a gate, and offers fantastic views from its defensive belvedere.
A new water sports center will soon open in Al Zorah, one of the best places to enjoy the beautiful waters around Ajman’s east coast. Whether you practice stand-up paddleboarding or windsurfing, the turquoise waters of the emirate are one of its greatest assets. Local hotels along the Corniche and on Al Zorah Beach also offer a range of water sports options, even for non-residents.
Caravana Beach Resort Al Zorah is the emirate’s popular seaside campsite, and leans towards the glamping side of things. Quaint little caravans of different sizes allow visitors to leave sleeping bags at home. Facilities include barbecue areas, activities such as horse riding and an outdoor cinema. Also on Al Zorah is Bianky Beach Camp, another specially designed site with facilities including a swimming pool and activities such as fishing and diving, as well as live music. Bianky offers visitors chalets, villas and tents. The beauty of both is that they are fully catered for, with onsite restaurants making the stay totally hassle-free.
Licensed fishing enthusiasts can head to one of the best places for the sport, near the Ajman Hotel (former Kempinski) at the end of the Corniche. Early morning and a few hours before dusk are known to be the best times to try your luck. For a more adventurous excursion, deep sea fishing is also available from local vendors around Ajman with snapper, grouper and barracuda among the big catches.
Serving as the ruler’s palace until 1970, the museum, also known as Fort Ajman, is now open to the public and displays a range of historical artifacts, from ancient jewelry and manuscripts to tombs and weapons. There are also archaeological finds dating as far back as 3000 BC. The 18th century fort, located on the east side of the central square in the Al Bustan district, testifies to the great history of the small emirate. Cultural exhibits such as Emirati dance are also featured at the museum, providing a window into the country’s Bedouin roots.
Update: October 23, 2021, 5:32 am