Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates, which constitute the Federation of the United Arab Emirates. It was founded by the Al Nuaim tribe around 1775, and has since played a prominent role through its favourable geographical location. Ajman lies on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, in the northern part of UAE, and is located right in the middle between the emirates of Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. The Emirate of Ajman also includes two cities: Masfout and Manama, in addition to Ajman City, the capital of the emirate that encompasses the Ruler’s court and all government entities.
Traditions and Civilization:
Ajman combines a deep-rooted heritage spanning many years of the emirate’s history, and a present that strives to achieve the most progressive and modernized development. The emirate prides itself of its cultural heritage and deep-rooted traditions over hundreds of years, enabling it to lay the foundations of success and prosperity in all fields. And indeed the efforts have paid off, thanks to the will of its rulers, Ajman has successfully managed to move forward and lead the evolution and achievements in the modern era. However, at the same time, it maintained the traditional feature and the originality of the deep-rooted past.
Hospitality and Tourism:
The community of Ajman today is warm and welcoming as ever. Furthermore, it gives high importance to the culture of hospitality as being a deep-rooted and noble established quality. The emirate has worked to enhance its touristic position, leveraging the magnificent natural landmarks that attract tourists and visitors, and attending to modern facilities and infrastructures.
UAE Local Cuisine
The local community is well known for delicious dishes, such as harees, machboos, and tharid, as well as desserts such as luqaimat and balaleet, and various types of bread, such as khameer, raqaq, and chebab, all of which feature ingredients that reflect local flavours. The influx of expats has introduced many dishes to the local cuisine, in particular from the Levant and Egypt, such as hummus, fava beans, falafel and others.
UAE Traditional Attire
The people of Ajman pride themselves on preserving their traditional dress and holding it a great value through which they express their national identity, despite the impact of modern life on various aspects of the daily lifestyle.
The men wear a white Dishdasha or Kandura (loose full-length shirt dress), and have their heads decorated with a white or red checked headdress, known as Ghutrah, which is in turn fixed on the head by a black cord known as an Igal.
As for women, they wear a black cloak (loose full-length robe) that covers their normal clothes, which are traditionally fully-length and fully-sleeved clothes known as Jalabiya, plus a long black scarf covering their hair, known as Sheyla.
Economy and Industry:
The Emirate of Ajman has made rapid strides in the process of economic and industrial progress. By supporting and encouraging investors, it managed to be a favourable investment destination in the region. Ajman enacted a number of laws and legislations to open the way, in particular, in front of different economic and industrial activities, as it was, throughout generations, considered one of the biggest manufacturing centre of dhow boats. Moreover, the wise vision of the leadership has produced huge industrial projects, with which the Emirate of Ajman was ranked third in the country, especially in the ready-made garments.
The Emirate of Ajman is characterized by a tropical dry desert climate, dominated by the sunny weather all year long. In addition, summer is hot and humid, especially in July and August, when temperatures range between 35 and 42 degrees. On the contrary, winter is closer to the subtropical climate, at moderate temperature ranges from 10 to 30 degrees, making it an ideal destination for enjoying sandy beaches, swimming or fishing, enjoying outdoor evenings, shopping, historic sightseeing, or attending festivals. On top of that, the emirate is rich in several activities, events and facilities that can be enjoyed all year long.
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