The smallest of the Emirates, Ajman is far removed from the glitz and glamour of its neighbouring states. Ajman has its fair share of shopping centres, but this quiet state offers a welcome rest from the hyperbole on show in other Emirates states. It’s worth spending a day or two here just for the beach – miles of white sand, bordered on one side by warm water and on the other by palm trees.
Ajman Museum – The building currently housing the Ajman Museum has been through many guises in the two centuries since it was built. First constructed as a fort, it then became the palace of Ajman’s ruler, before being turned into a police station in the 1970s. Visitors these days will be able to view a collection of archaeological finds, as well as old weapons and religious artifacts.
Kempinski Hotel Ajman – Nestled on the shores of Ajman, the Kempinski Hotel is one of the most popular hotels here, perhaps due to its stretch of private beach. The luxurious rooms and sophisticated furnishings may be just a little over the top, but there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy yourself here. Head to Hai Tao for an indulgent Chinese meal, or visit Sabella’s for intimate Italian dishes. The stuff can also arrange a romantic, candlelit dinner on the private beach. Room rates start from £70.
Bukhara Restaurant – Tucked away in the grounds of the Kempinski Hotel, the Bukhara flies the flag for Indian cuisine in Ajman. The open kitchen allows guests to enjoy the spectacle of kitchen life. Enjoy platters of tandoori-cooked meat or seafood, accompanied by stacks of fresh naan bread and refreshing dips.