The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of seven Emirates, Dubai is far by the most popular destination of them all. It is situated on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai’s population is estimated at 1.5 million people which is a huge growth since 1975 when it was 183 thousand people.
Ajmān (عجمان) is one of the seven emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is the most popular one. With an land area of just 161 square miles, Ajman is the smallest emirate by area. Ajman seats and has its own government and is surrounded to the north, south and east by Sharjah. As of latest measurement Ajman has a population of 370 thousand people.
As the city of Ajman is located in the middle of the United Arab Emirates, it’s an easy reach from anywhere within the country limits. Besides it being near to the ports, it’s also near to the international airports of Sharjah and Dubai. The city can be reached by taxi or car, and even when you count in rush hour traffic it’s less than an 30 minutes drive. Once in the city it’s easy to get round by taxi, unlike other Asian travel destinations the unmetered Ajman taxi’s are cheaper than the official metered ones. You can find the “unofficial” taxi’s in the Somali area.
Ajman is still a city that’s in heavy development, currently over large building projects are ongoing within city limits mainly focusing on tourism, travelers and sightseeing. As of now you can visit the Ajman beach, which is a main attraction, along with shopping areas and malls such as City Center Mall and fancy restaurants with local and international cuisine like India House and Lulu Hypermarket. Fast food counters are also located around city center like McDonalds and Pizza Hut. For nightlife there’s several cafe’s and clubs, where unlike Sharjah alcohol is being served.
Travelers to Ajman need a valid passport and visa. American citizens need only a valid passport, other nationalities may require to get a valid visa. The city is generally safe for travelers, although Americans are advised to be aware of their surroundings. In Middle Eastern countries threats to US citizens are of concern.
Sharjah (الشارقة) is one of the seven emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is the most popular one. The emirate of Sharjah comprises the city of Sharjah and other minor towns and enclaves like Kalba, Dibba Al-Hisn and Khor Fakkan. As of latest measurement Sharjah has a population of 890 thousand people.
The city of Sharjah has interesting contrast of modern and history, exploring the city will show old and gigantic mosques next to modern shopping malls and office buildings rising sky high. Also is the city filled with spacious parks. It’s history also shows in several museums, for example it houses the biggest Art museum in the Gulf. Sharjah has been growing as a travel destination, because of tourism, new hotels, clubs, restaurants were built creating jobs in the city.
Other interesting Sharjah sightseeing includes the old market areas, where you can buy souvenirs, local snacks, carpets but also living animals. Sharjah has a good nightlife scenery, from fancy restaurants to clubs. Although the city comes with certain restrictions, due to religious reasons there’s no alcohol served anywhere in the city. If you fancy a drink, travel to Dubai which is a 30 minute car drive away.
Travelers to Sharjah need a valid passport and visa. American citizens need only a valid passport, other nationalities may require to get a valid visa. The city is generally safe for travelers, although Americans are advised to be aware of their surroundings. In Middle Eastern countries threats to US citizens are of concern.