Visiting Ajman and Sharjah – What’s it like beyond Dubai? : Hey guys, how are you? What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about UAE skyscrapers, shopping malls, and exotic cars? But, not all emirates are like that. In this article, we’re going to take a look at Ajman and Sharjah.
Let’s start with Ajman. It’s the smallest of the seven emirates of the UAE. It’s located on the Arabian Gulf of the northern part of the country, with just 260 square kilometers. Ajman has a population of 490,000 people which is up by a lot from 36,000 in 1980, 90% of the people of the emirate lives in the city of Ajman.
Ajman – Modern City
Today Ajman is a modern city, but it still reflects its traditional chart housing is cheaper here than a neighbor in Dubai & Sharjah. Many choose to live here and commute to work, which makes the traffic around 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm very congested with the economy. Ajman was not as lucky as the other emirates. It’s the only one with no oil in this territory. The local economy has traditionally relied on fishing and trade.
The dockyard is one of the most active boat-building yards where they still build traditional Arab sailing ships. Ajman port and Ajman Freezone are two key players in the economic growth of the emirate.
Dubai’s rapid development inspired the Ajman government to allow foreigners to buy real estate in 2006, and since then, billions of dollars pumped into algebra’s property sector. This brought a real construction boom. Suppose you’re curious about the prices to let me give you an example. A one-bedroom apartment in this building starts at $160,000. Most migrant foreign workers come from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, the workers, are mostly men.
Ajman is an excellent place for those looking for a nice winter vacation getaway and those who want to save on hotel costs at the same time while still having access to the entertainment of Dubai. By the way, a trip to Dubai only takes 30 to 40 minutes.
There’s an excellent choice of hotels, and the beaches are gorgeous. Still, the best part is from October to April; you can expect the weather to be friendly blue skies and the temperature in the mid to high 20s, perfect time to be outside and go swimming. Still, if you want to use the city public beaches, there might be some unwanted spectators, so not everyone feels comfortable.
Ajman has several water treatment plants known as desalination plants, which collect seawater from the Arabian Gulf and produce drinking water. When it comes to sites, you can visit Ajman fort, one of the country’s historic landmarks. The fort has been restored and transformed into a museum. It dates back to the 18th century and shows life in different eras.
Ajman Cornish has a four-kilometer long road going along the beach is a popular destination for families, and it features several fast-food outlets, coffee shops, and restaurants. Here you’ll find the Al Murabbaa Watchtower that was built in the 1930s and the Cornish mosque.
Ajman city runs directly into the city of Sharjah along the coast to the southwest.
Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, with an area of 2590 square kilometers, which is just 3.3 percent of the country’s total area. Sharjah is the capital of the emirate of the same name. And it has a population of 1.4 million.
It’s located just north of Dubai, Sharjah enjoyed moderate prosperity in the early 20th century, boosted by a royal air force base from the 1930s until 1955. Still, oil and gas discoveries in 1973 and 1980 brought real prosperity to the region.
The emirate has large desert regions. However, it still has some agricultural areas in the expo center. Sharjah has grown into a center of arts and culture in 2014. It was named the capital of Islamic culture for 2014. The fact that the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited and alcohol is not served in charge of hotels, restaurants, or other outlets has helped this emirate increase the number of Islamic tourists.
Sharjah emirate is an industrial emirate, and it contributes 7.4 to the national GDP. Still, at the same time, it’s growing tourism, so a lot of people from different countries come here to have a good time and to have a vacation.