Once again, we’ll be talking about a city on a human scale, a world away from the crazy skyscrapers, futuristic architectural dazzle and over-the-top attractions of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Ajman is indeed the smallest emirate of the United Arab Emirates… and that’s probably what makes it so charming! If you’re looking for a peaceful, calming and even picturesque interlude, don’t hesitate to take the Dubai – Ajman trip aboard a Mercedes V-Class driven by a VIP AS driver!
Ajman, capital of the eponymous emirate, is only 260 km². However, the city run by the Al Nuaimi family has many points of interest that attract around 500,000 international tourists each year… a performance far below the 16 million international visitors who land in Dubai each year. The absence of summer congestion and queues makes Ajman a nice alternative to the crowded Emirati metropolis.
Ajman is about 48 km from Dubai, and the drive is only about 40 minutes via the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and then the E311. The city is further away from Abu Dhabi (184 km), as it takes about 2 hours to reach it via the coastal road.
If you’re browsing this page, it’s because you’re planning a little getaway on the side of Ajman. In this practical guide, AS VIP gives you a portrait of this charming city, goes over the various means of transportation available to you to get around the city, informs you about the price of a taxi Dubai – Ajman and vice versa and details the fares for the usual trips from or to Ajman. Let’s go!
Ajman, sometimes spelled Ujman, Adjman or Adjmane, is located in the Persian Gulf, around a natural harbor (or Khor) that penetrates inland. It is actually interesting to observe the gradation of urban modernity, as the neighborhoods bordering the port have retained traditional Emirati elements with semi-Bedouin housing and centuries-old monuments barely renovated.
As you move inland, the skyscrapers rise and the modern buildings impose themselves in the landscape. Of course, we are far from the futuristic side of the metropolises of Dubai and, to a lesser extent, Abu Dhabi.
Ajman is the capital of the country’s smallest emirate (just 0.5 % of the UAE’s area). The emirate’s seafront is only 26 kilometers long and is entirely occupied by the capital, which is, de factoattached to the Ajman – Charjah – Dubai agglomeration. So much for the geographical presentation of the city.
As in other emirates in the country, the ruling family took power in the early 19th century, before the arrival of the British who would establish what is known as the Trucial Coast. At that time, the inhabitants of Ajman were nomads and moved according to the seasons : Ajman between April and September for pearl hunting, then Al Buraimi during the date season.
During the first part of the 20thcentury, Ajman remained a fishing village populated by barely 750 people. By comparison, Dubai already had more than 10,000 inhabitants. The development of the city and its emirate would take a turn on December 2, 1971, when Sheikh Rashid Bin Humayd Al Nuaimi decided to attach his lands to the United Arab Emirates.
Despite its proximity to Dubai, Ajman has retained its traditional character, and some places exude an authenticity unseen in the United Arab Emirates. To enjoy this peaceful interlude in the land of excess, AS VIP offers you a tour with the best activities to do in Ajman.
Ajman is about 48 kilometers from Dubai, and the journey takes about 50 minutes by car. As is often the case in the United Arab Emirates, the transfer from Dubai to Ajman (and vice versa) can be done with three means of transportation:
Are you intrigued by Ajman? Would you like to spend a few days there to get to the bottom of this peaceful land in a fast-paced country? Here is the distance and travel time of the most common trips in the city:
Note: Ajman does not yet have its international airport. A project had been announced with a budget of $3.3 billion, but work has not yet begun. The location now serves as a base for the UAE armed forces.
French travelers usually land in Dubai (terminal 1 or 3), sometimes in Abu Dhabi. You want to start your stay in Ajman? Here is what you need to know:
You can make the reverse trip, Ajman to Dubai International Airport, by bus, cab or luxury car. The same travel times and rates apply. Note: in low season, cab pick-up rates will be slightly lower from Ajman.
While the UAE’s road infrastructure is state of the art, Ajman, Dubai and other UAE cities experience scorching temperatures in the summer and sometimes in the spring and early fall. That’s why it’s important to choose a very comfortable means of transportation, with good interior space and a perfect air conditioning system.
At AS VIP, we have opted for a fleet of luxury vehicles (Mercedes V Class) to make your trips a little moment of pleasure. Courteous, reliable and trained to satisfy you, our private drivers adapt to your schedule and escort you at any time, day or night. On board, you have a Wi-Fi connection to work or entertain yourself on the way. We also provide you with unlimited cold drinks and snacks. Enjoy your trip!