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Ajman
إمارة عجمانّ
—  emirate  —
Emirate of Ajman
Aerial view of the city of Ajman

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Ajman is located in the United Arab Emirates
Ajman
Location of Ajman in the UAE
Coordinates: 25°25′N 55°30′E / 25.417°N 55.5°E / 25.417; 55.5Coordinates: 25°25′N 55°30′E / 25.417°N 55.5°E / 25.417; 55.5
Country United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Subdivisions
Government
 - Type Constitutional monarchy[citation needed]
 - Emir Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi
Area
 - Metro 259 km2 (100 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 - emirate 361,160
 Metro 347,733
Time zone UAE Standard Time (UTC+4)

Ajmān (or Ujman; Arabic: عجمان‘ajmān) is one of the seven emirates constituting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With an area of just 260 square kilometres, Ajman is the smallest emirate by area. Its seat of government is Ajmān, which is bordered on its north, south, and east by Sharjah.[1]

Located along the Persian Gulf, Ajman also controls Masfut and Manama, two small, inland enclaves that are primarily agricultural. Approximately 95% of the population of the emirate resides in the city of Ajman. The population was only 36,100 in 1980 but grew considerably in recent years, due to an influx of people from the neighbouring emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, and other countries. Ajman is ruled by Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of the Al Nuaimi tribe. The Crown Prince of the Emirate is Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. Ajmān has experienced massive development and a construction boom in recent years.[2]

Contents

Etymology

Ajman is another word for a small city in Arabic.

History

On 8 January 1820, Sheikh Rashid ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi signed the General Maritime Treaty with Britain, accepting a protectorate to keep the Ottoman Turks out. Like four of Ajmān's neighbors, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain, its position on the route to India made it important enough to be recognized as a salute state (albeit of the lowest class: 3 guns).

On 2 December 1971, Sheikh Rashid ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi joined the United Arab Emirates.

Its rulers were:

  • 17.. – 17.. Sheikh Rashid ibn Hamid Al Nuaimi
  • 17.. – 1816 Sheikh Humayd ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi
  • 1816 – 1838 Sheikh Rashid II ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi (d. 1838)
  • 1838 – 1841 Sheikh Humayd II ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (1st time) (d. 1873)
  • 1841 – 1848 Sheikh `Abd al–`Aziz I ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (d. 1848)
  • 1848 – 1873 Sheikh Humayd II ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (2nd time)
  • 1873 – April 1891 Sheikh Rashid III ibn Humaid Al Nuaimi (d. 1891)
  • April 1891 – 8 July 1900 Sheikh Humaid III ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (d. 1900)
  • 8 July 1900 – February 1910 Sheikh `Abd al–`Aziz II ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi (b. 18.. – d. 1910)
  • February 1910 – January 1928 Sheikh Humayd IV ibn `Abd al–`Aziz Al Nuaimi
  • January 1928 – 6 September 1981 Sheikh Rashid IV ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi (b. 1904 – d. 1981)
  • 6 September 1981 – 20.. Sheikh Humayd ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (b. 1931)

Higher Education in Ajman

The Gulf Medical University (GMU), previously a college, became a university in July 2008 after an order issued by Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. This is the only institution with its own teaching hospital. Its Hospital Group is the largest healthcare provider in the UAE.[3]

Ajman development boom

After the success of freehold property in Dubai, Ajman was the second emirate to offer freehold property.[4] Ajman is currently the only emirate in the UAE offering investors of any nationality fully transparent true 100% freehold ownership on real estate, which in turn has attracted a huge number of investors (local and international) to this emirate. This in turn has prompted the Ajman government to initiate a number of development projects.

New Ajman is the name given to the area being developed outside of the current Ajman city, located by the Emirates Road. New Ajman will consist of many new developments and projects envisioned by Chief of Municipality Sheikh Rashid Al Nuaimi. One of the first developments of New Ajman is called "The Emirates City", a brand new city located directly on the Emirates Road to be built from scratch and consisting of more than 100 mid- and high-rise buildings. A number of shopping malls, hotels and residential villas are also planned to eventually extend all the way to the 'Al Zoura' area, where beachside developments are planned.[5]

The construction of Ajman International Airport began in the second half of 2008 in the Al Manama area of the Ajman. Airport operations are scheduled to begin by 2011, and the airport is expected to host about two million passengers per year.[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

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List of planned developments

Following is a list of planned freehold developments in Ajman, although some real estate projects may be delayed or cancelled, due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010.[14][15][16][17][18][19] That has also caused property prices to fall considerably throughout the United Arab Emirates, including in Ajman.[20]

  • Ajman Green City
  • Ajman One
  • Ajman Marina
  • Ajman Pearl
  • Ajman Uptown
  • Al Ameera Village
  • Al Humaid City
  • Al Ittihad Village
  • Al Zorah
  • Aqua City
  • Awali City
  • Emirates City
  • Emirates Lake Towers
  • Escape Equestrian Community
  • Eye of Ajman (Ain Ajman)
  • Marmooka City
  • Park View

Ajman Real Estate Regulatory Agency

Transportation

The APTA chairman said there were 1,600 taxis operated by four companies in Ajman. The basic tariff is Dh3, during the day and evening base fare is at Dh3.50.[21]

Sports

Ajman Club is a football club based in Ajman.

See also

References

External links


Ajman
إمارة عجمانّ
—  emirate  —
Emirate of Ajman
Aerial view of the city of Ajman
File:Flag of
Flag

Ajman
Location of Ajman in the UAE
Coordinates: 25°25′N 55°30′E / 25.417°N 55.5°E / 25.417; 55.5Coordinates: 25°25′N 55°30′E / 25.417°N 55.5°E / 25.417; 55.5
Country United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Subdivisions
Government
 - Type Constitutional monarchy[citation needed]
 - Emir Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi
Population (2008)
 - Total 361,160
Time zone UAE Standard Time (UTC+4)

Ajmān (or Ujman; Arabic: عجمان‘ajmān) is one of the seven emirates constituting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With an area of just 260 square kilometres, Ajman is the smallest emirate by area. Its seat of government is Ajmān, which is bordered on its north, south, and east by Sharjah.[1]

Located along the Arab Gulf, Ajman also controls Masfut and Manama, two small, inland enclaves that are primarily agricultural. Approximately 95% of the population of the emirate resides in the city of Ajman. The population was only 36,000 in 1980 but grew considerably in recent years, due to an influx of people from the neighbouring emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, and other countries. Ajman is ruled by Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of the Al Nuaimi tribe. The Crown Prince of the Emirate is Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. Ajmān has experienced massive development and a construction boom in recent years.[2]

Contents

Etymology

Ajman is another word for a small city in Arabic[citation needed].

History

On 8 January 1820, Sheikh Rashid ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi signed the General Maritime Treaty with Britain, accepting a protectorate to keep the Ottoman Turks out. Like four of Ajmān's neighbors, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain, its position on the route to India made it important enough to be recognized as a salute state (albeit of the lowest class: 3 guns).

On 2 December 1971, Sheikh Rashid ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi joined the United Arab Emirates.

Its rulers were:

  • 17.. – 17.. Sheikh Rashid ibn Hamid Al Nuaimi
  • 17.. – 1816 Sheikh Humayd ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi
  • 1816 – 1838 Sheikh Rashid II ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi (d. 1838)
  • 1838 – 1841 Sheikh Humayd II ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (1st time) (d. 1873)
  • 1841 – 1848 Sheikh `Abd al–`Aziz I ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (d. 1848)
  • 1848 – 1873 Sheikh Humayd II ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (2nd time)
  • 1873 – April 1891 Sheikh Rashid III ibn Humaid Al Nuaimi (d. 1891)
  • April 1891 – 8 July 1900 Sheikh Humaid III ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (d. 1900)
  • 8 July 1900 – February 1910 Sheikh `Abd al–`Aziz II ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi (b. 18.. – d. 1910)
  • February 1910 – January 1928 Sheikh Humayd IV ibn `Abd al–`Aziz Al Nuaimi
  • January 1928 – 6 September 1981 Sheikh Rashid IV ibn Humayd Al Nuaimi (b. 1904 – d. 1981)
  • 6 September 1981 – 20.. Sheikh Humayd ibn Rashid Al Nuaimi (b. 1931)

Higher Education in Ajman

The Gulf Medical University (GMU), previously Gulf Medical College, was awarded university status in July 2008 after an order issued by Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. This is the only institution with its own teaching hospital. Its Hospital Group is the largest healthcare provider in the UAE.[3]

Ajman development boom

After the success of freehold property in Dubai, Ajman was the second emirate to offer freehold property.[4] Ajman is currently the only emirate in the UAE offering investors of any nationality fully transparent true 100% freehold ownership on real estate, which in turn has attracted a huge number of investors (local and international) to this emirate. This in turn has prompted the Ajman government to initiate a number of development projects. New Ajman is the name given to the area being developed outside of the current Ajman city, located by the Emirates Road. New Ajman will consist of many new developments and projects envisioned by Chief of Municipality Sheikh Rashid Al Nuaimi. One of the first developments of New Ajman is called "The Emirates City", a brand new city located directly on the Emirates Road to be built from scratch and consisting of more than 100 mid- and high-rise buildings. A number of shopping malls, hotels and residential villas are also planned to eventually extend all the way to the 'Al Zoura' area, where beachside developments are planned.[5]

The construction of Ajman International Airport began in the second half of 2008 in the Al Manama area of the Ajman. Airport operations are scheduled to begin by 2011, and the airport is expected to host about two million passengers per year.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

List of planned developments

Following is a list of planned freehold developments in Ajman, although some real estate projects may be considerably delayed or cancelled, due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010.[14][15][16][17][18][19] That has also caused property prices to fall considerably throughout the United Arab Emirates, including in Ajman.[20]

  • Ajman Green City
  • Ajman One
  • Ajman Marina
  • Ajman Pearl
  • Ajman Uptown
  • Al Ameera Village
  • Al Humaid City
  • Al Ittihad Village
  • Al Zorah
  • Amber Islands[21]
  • Aqua City
  • Awali City
  • Emirates City
  • Emirates Lake Towers
  • Escape Equestrian Community
  • Eye of Ajman (Ain Ajman)
  • Marmooka City
  • Park View

Impact of visa regulation changes & the 2007–2010 financial crisis

Most if not all of these projects came to an abrupt stand still in 2008. Since then the foreign investors urge the Ajman government to return their investments. In contrary to Dubai investors, most Ajman investors come from the middle class of India, Pakistan or Iran. The apparent promise of a residence visa with the purchase of a home induced them to spend their life's savings on one of these off plan flats. In 2008 the central government of the UAE brought these hopes to an end by clarifying that no residence visas would be issued to property investors. With this announcement for a lot of these investors their investment dramatically lost value. This coupled with the global financial crisis and the rising doubts that Ajman will ever be able to provide these developments with water and power brought off plan property transactions to near zero.

In 2010 only Ajman Uptown and Emirates City have come out of the ground. The billboards along Emirates Road have removed, Emirates City became a ghost town before it ever got completed. Other developments closer to downtown Ajman have lost considerable value. This is largely due to oversupply. Also housing in neighbouring Dubai has become a lot cheaper and people who worked in Dubai, but formerly couldn't afford to live there moved from Ajman to Dubai in order to avoid the commute.

Ajman Real Estate Regulatory Agency

Transportation

The APTA chairman said there were 1,600 taxis operated by four companies in Ajman. The basic tariff is Dh3, during the day and evening base fare is at Dh3.50.[22]

Sports

Ajman Club is a football club based in Ajman.

See also

References

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Ajman (عجمان Ajmān) is one of the United Arab Emirates.
Ajman 2004
Ajman 2004

Understand

Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates and is centrally located on the western coast of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirate lie on the Arabian Gulf Coast where its beach extends for 16 Km. whereas the total area of Ajman is 259 square Km. Its population estimate is about 230 thousand as the year of 2004. The area of the Emirate of Ajman is about 460 Sq. Km. while the total area including the regional waters is about 600 Sq. Km. Ajman City is the capital of the Emirate and lies down at a small creek of 16 Km. length to the North East of Sharjah.

The ruling family of Ajman is the AL Nuaimi tribe.

Get in

Ajman enjoys being located in the middle of the Emirates as a whole. It is bordering Sharjah and only 10 Km away from Dubai in the south and Umm Al Quwain in the north. Many roads lead to and from Ajman from both Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al Quwain.including Emirates Road. Ajman is near to the ports of neighboring Emirates. It is near the international airports of both Sharjah and Dubai. Ajman is planning to build an international airport in the area of Manama. To get to Ajman you can take a taxi from any airport to ajman city, or other wise rent a car and drive there through Emirates Highway. Taxis go to Sharjah and Dubai, and also to Ra's al Khaymah and Umm al Quwain.If you are planning to stay there and use it as base to visit Dubai expect traffic jams at rush hours. To give you an idea the average time to get to Dubai in rush hour is of 1/3 of an hour or less. Otherwise, only 20 minutes!

Get around

Taxis are really easy to find and are easy to get around using them. of course it can be used to get to other emirates too. Look for the unmetered Ajman taxi- by offer cheaper prices than the offical metered ones e.g. 10 dirhams to Sharja, 40 dirhams to Dubai(best during the peak times.)

Look at for shared taxis that wait for 4 people to come and take the taxi, where you pay 10 dirhams to dubai when 4 people are sharing the taxi. These are "unofficial" taxis, located in the Somali area of Ajman.

tour buses: guided tour buses can be found at top hotels where can arrange a tour to ajman and main attractions in it. save your work after visiting, otherwise everything will be recovered and given a chance to be eaten by thambaia

See

Ajman Museum (admission 4 dhs($1 approx. )

An old fort in the central square. Built in the late 16th century it has serve as the rulers palace. In the 70’s it was put under usage as a police station. You can see different artifacts and reconstruction of traditional life.

Beach

Ajman beach is always a nice place to spend the day in with the warm sun, white sands, and clear waters. Dolphin spotting is also a recreation activity enjoyed in the emirate.

Doctors There are lots of speciality clinics in Ajman.Ibin Sina Medical centre is affordable and has most of the specialities. The doctors fee ranges from AED 50 to 100. Diagnostic services also available. GMC Hospital is open 24 hours for emergencies.Sh Khalifa Hospital is the Public Hospital with Emergency Department.

Shopping

Designer outlets and major brands are available in City Center Mall and consist of a wide variety of food outlets too. In the traditional side, there is always the Iranian souq were you can buy domestic goods and if you are lucky some interesting pottery.

Cuisine

India House (Sheikh Humaid bin Abdul al-Aziz St; mains 4 to 10 Dhs)

Lulu Hypermarket has a nice cafe that is not too pricey, average 10 dirhams for a whole meal with a drink, as there portions are huge its money well spent,and a wide selection of smoothies at reasonable prices.

Clean and cheap vegetarian restaurant

You can find many other restaurants around town including fast food counters such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds and others. Just have a look around and you will find them easily. Beach front cafe eating is good and cheap. 2 donner kebab style wrap sandwiches in chicken or lamb, with fresh fruit smoothie costs about 15 Dhs.

Drink

Alcohol is allowed in Ajman and is available easily at hotels and restaurants.

Tap water is considered ok but it has a slightly salted taste. The obvious reason is that desalination plants are used to provide tap water. More to the point, you can safely use it to brush your teeth and prepare tea.

Bottled water is also available in any store around town.

The famous "Hole In The Wall" - located next to the Kempinski Hotel Ajman - was one of the few liquor shops in Ajman. Now moved down the street near the Beach Resort. It is NOT closed.

  • Dana Beach Resort, Arabian Gulf street, +971 6 742 9999. Attractive hotel with rooms facing the beach. Suites also include kitchens for longer stays. Restaurant serves no alcohol. Rooms Dh130, suites from Dh325
  • Emirates Plaza Hotel, Omer bin al-Khattab street +971 6 744 5777 fax +971 6 744 6642. Clean and basic hotel with helpful staff. The beach is just across the street. Rooms on the right side have a splendid view of the gulf! Singles Dh130, doubles Dh150.
  • Kempinski Hotel Ajman[1], Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi street, +971 6 714 5555. 5 star hotel, sprawled along the shores of Ajman, Kempinski Hotel Ajman boasts over 500 metres of private beach, one of the best in the United Arab Emirates, with white sand and clear waters stretching into the Persian Gulf.
  • Best Hotels Ajman[2],
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