A camel race at Al Tallah Camel Race Course, Ajman.
PHOTO BY AJMAN TOURISM
DUBAI – In the last decade, more tourism developments have sprung up in Ajman to give the emirate a perfect mix of tradition and modernity.
We spoke to George Ganchev, General Manager of Ajman Hotel, to give us his top nine must-see recommendations in the emirate.
Ganchev told expatmedia.net that he is particularly impressed by Ajman’s “sunny beaches and hospitality of the local people”.
Ganchev said his favourite is walking through Ajman Marina and Ajman Al Zorah via the Ajman Corniche. “You can make the link between the past and future and see the fast growth of Ajman,” he said.
The museum is the former residence of the ruler of Ajman and has been preserved as a spectacular showcase of the emirate’s traditional beginnings.
Explore every nook and cranny of the residence and make sure to open all those heavy wooden doors to see the interactive tour surprises in store.
Love watersports? You need to get the Wake Park on your checklist! It has plenty of sporting activities for beginners and professionals alike. There is wake boarding, kayaking, paddle boarding and dinghy sailing. If you prefer to stay dry, you can rent a bicycle or learn archery.
Hire a kayak and paddle your way through the mangrove areas in the beautiful Al Zorah nature reserve, an inland creek that extends over 2sqm of wetland that is home to 58 species of migratory birds and fish.
Ever seen a camel race? Head to the Al Tallah Camel Racecourse to watch the ancient Bedouin sport. You’ll see the humped animals gallop around the track while their owners zoom alongside them in their 4-wheel drive. The races are held on Friday and Saturdays, from October to March, in the early morning and afternoon.
Getting there: From the fruit and vegetable market follow Sheikh Zayed Street to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. Turn right at the large junction, and take the first exit after the petrol station.
Practice your swing in the 18-hole golf course crafted by Nicklaus Design. The Al Zorah Golf Club is considered one of the best new golf venues in the world and we’re sure you would love hitting the greens set among natural mangroves and sandy areas. Then head for a refreshing break at the clubhouse.
If you love horses, you should definitely check out the world’s most beautiful Arabian breeds at Ajman Stud. The facility, built in 2002, features traditional Arabic architecture. The equestrian facility and farm is surrounded by desert dunes and is the project of Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman.
Put your most comfortable footwear on for a leisurely stroll along the Ajman Corniche, a 4-km-long esplanade that is overlooking the Arabian Gulf. This is where Ajman’s social hub is located, with plenty of restaurants and cafes along the Corniche Road (also called the Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street. You can also go for a swim or have a picnic on the beach.
This waterside leisure area is just a walk way from the Ajman Corniche. The esplanade spans 1.5 kilometre and is lined with palm trees. It’s popular with cyclists, joggers and people just looking for a nice stroll. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants for foodies, and lots of al fresco seating areas with umbrella shaded tables.
To get to the marina, head to the end of the Corniche near the Kempinski Hotel Ajman. Then walk down the street past the Ruler’s Court and you will find the waterfront area.
Finally, don’t leave Ajman without checking out Ajman Hotel. The iconic hotel is the first five-star property in the emirate and is turning 20 this year.
“It’s got the best beachfront in Ajman,” says General Manager Ganchev. You can check into their presidential suite and enjoy the best sea view in Ajman, while marveling at the expansive room decorated with rich wood and gold plated accessories. If you’re feeling hungry, we recommend their signature Indian fine-dining restaurant, Bukhara. Their tandoori lobster is to die for. JMYDS/Expat Media
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