If you are brought up in the wild desert life of UAE, you’ve been through the complicated dilemma of where exactly is home – your apartment here or Grannys comfortable house back in the country? We all are addicted exciting around the clock city life. Then again, around the wildness, I discovered peace in Ajman – my home for 22 years, usually, termed as the Backward Town by Dubai Folks.
Can’t deny how beautifully the landscape of Dubai has progressed in the past 10 years leaving behind its counterparts, but I would never give up the suburb feel of Ajman to metropolitan madhouse vibes of Dubai or restless crowds of Sharjah.
Ajman – a place which is more home to me than any house in India, following its brother’s step towards Development & Tourism, replicating areas of Dubai with personal traditional touches throughout. All my college life, I heard friend ridiculed my home for countless reasons, major city folks I guess.
But now is the time to showcase Ajman in all its glory. Last month, I embarked a 6hour #RoadTripAjman with 4 major stops around my hometown. Honoring the best of Ajman live on my Snapchat and InstaStories. However, if you did miss the fun, I got you covered on this post – a recap to my favorite spots of Ajman.
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1. The Jurf
To my ‘City Folks’ Jurf is home to several Universities and of course plenty coffee shops – Tim Hortons, Filli Cafe, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks & Caribou, making it a cult favorite for youngsters. It is a much more sophisticated area capturing a beautiful array of cuisines with loads of super affordable dessert parlors. If you are a foodie, get down here & find some seriously economical delicious meals. I’ve lived here for 22 years and still, I discover hidden sweet gems buried in random corners every other week.
For the ultimate economical shopping experience, China Mall similar to Dragon Mart holds wonderful surprises including Splash Fashion’s Discounted Warehouse but has very limited food options.
Fun Fact* Intercity bus transport to Jurf cost only AED 3.
2. Ajman Marina District
What sets Ajman apart from the counter states is its stunning coastline. We all know, the hyped up Ajman Beach but the less than 5 minutes away drive from the main road stands a gorgeous miniature replica of Dubai Marina – a definite Instagram-Worthy spot with its #LoveAjman Block Letters and quirky food trucks including the trendy burger joint SALT.
It features a 1.5-kilometre-long esplanade that is popular with joggers, cyclists, and families out for an evening stroll, where you can rent cycles out too. I personally love this place at early mornings because of the crazy bunch of birds, it is so satisfying to feed 100s of birds, who literally eat up packets of popcorns within seconds. And if you forgot to get food for our furry friends, a small little cafe just around the corner has got you all covered up.
*Fun Fact: Soon a submarine shaped restaurant will be launched at Marina.
3. Safia Park
Though I’m not a huge fan of Parks, I love the fancy Mosaic Market, another miniature replica of Flea Market with loads of fun activities & cartoon characters to meet. Foodwise, there are a few stalls to choose from, but a better option is to take advantage of the public barbecue areas and create a picnic of your own. Click here for location.
Another reason to visit this area, is the gorgeously lit roundabouts, gardens & footpaths with vibrant flowers perfect for photo shoots. I found this wonderful garden tucked away behind one of the Sheikh’s Palace, yeah, I’m a little creepy when it comes to my shoots. But the stunning aesthetics of this plot could never be captured in a picture.
Al Zorah Golf Club
One of Ajman’s best natural features is Al Zorah Nature Reserve – a peaceful tidal mangrove creek towards the North of the city, and a striking stab of green in the otherwise sandy desert. Still, in its development stage, Zorah Resorts will be the most popular site of Ajman in the coming years. As for now, you can enjoy a Sheesha at Shakespeare & Co. with the outstanding natural beauty of the creek or savor some Japenese Sushi Dining experiences at Litchy Sushi Bar or play a Game of Golf at the Club.
Fun Fact* You get free Golf Cart Rides from the parking to the Club Entrance.
Despite recent developments, Ajman always retained its friendly Small town vibe throughout the years and greets all its visitors with open arms, which can be witnessed by the quirky traffics signals at each corner of Ajman either with a red smiling face or warm green heart.
As I sit here, writing this Blog I do regret skipping a few other spots, but I was running short on time for the Road Trip. Honestly, it was so much fun working on this Travel Post in collaboration with the Tourism Board and I would love to know your favorite Ajman spots, just use the #RoadTripAjman on any social media channel.
Last month, I went all out for my #RoadTripAjman and in collaboration with that same project, here is a new giveaway as…
Until, Next Time, Love Rahma