The smallest of the seven United Arab Emirates, Ajman is a budding new destination in the Arabian gulf, boasting a stunning 16-kilometre stretch of beach as well as an array of other attractions. Ajman is a great choice for anyone who has been tempted by the glamour of Dubai but is put off by the hefty price-tag. For a 3-night stay, choosing Ajman over Dubai will save you approximately £250pp and, what’s more, you’ll find the food and drink is better value once you get there, too. Most hotels offer free shuttle buses into Dubai so you can still take advantage of the city’s famous shopping and attractions however, though Ajman is small, there is still plenty to see and do without heading over to her larger neighbour.
For history, visit the fascinating Ajman Museum* where intriguing historical artefacts and archaeological finds are housed in an impressive 18th century fort. For shopping, head to one (or all!) of Ajman’s many city-centre souks – foodies will love the vibrant sights and smells of Ajman’s food markets. For nature lovers, Al Zarah is the place to be; this stunning nature reserve, located over one million square miles of mangroves, is home to a vast number of species including beautiful pink flamingos. For sport, Al Zarah Golf Club is home to an 18-hole Championship Golf Course or you could always go horse-riding along the beach as you’re sure never to be far from a stable full of the famous Arabian steeds.
If that’s not enough to make up your mind, there are even more benefits to ditching Dubai in favour of her little sister: it’s actually a shorter transfer to Ajman from Dubai Airport than to The Palm (so minutes as opposed to 45) and the hotels are smaller, providing you with a more personalised service. Travel Bureau partner, Kuoni have a great selection of hotels in Ajman, from the family-friendly 4* Ajman Hotel to a range of utterly indulgent 5* properties. Here’s a breakdown of our favourites to get you started…
5* Ajman Saray
This opulent resort is located opposite the new marina, which is ideal for those guests who like to relax with some retail therapy. Make sure to check out the hotel’s award-winning spa.
4* Ajman Hotel
This great value hotel set on a private beach is a perfect choice for families, with a great kids club and its very own 6-lane bowling alley!
5* Oberoi Beach Resort
A gorgeous boutique hotel, with 24-hour butler service for every guest, surrounded by the white sands and azure waters of the Al Zorah nature reserve and right next door to the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course.
5* Fairmont Ajman
The Fairmont is the place to go for classic elegance and true five-star service. Foodies will love the choice of dining options available at the hotel’s four restaurants.
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