Ajman lies on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, in the northern part of the UAE. It is 16 km. long and lies between the emirates of Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain.
According to Ajman Annual Economic Report 2014, the economy of the emirate of Ajman grew by 5 per cent as GDP at current market prices increased from AED15,690 million in 2012 to AED16,441 million in 2013.
The contribution of the various economic sectors to the realised growth tend to vary. The construction, real estate and business services and financial corporation sectors grew at a rate of 8 per cent in 2013 compared to 2012, which was higher than the average growth in the emirate.
In addition, the wholesale and retail trade and repairing services’ sector grew at a rate of 6 per cent in 2013 as compared to 2012.
Ajman Port and Ajman Free Zone are two key players in the economic growth of the emirate.
Ajman Fort is one of the country’s historic landmarks. It dates back to the 18th century and shows life in different eras.
The fort has been restored and transformed into a museum. It contains archaeological samples that show people’s possessions, industries, traditional professions as well as images from their old social life.
In 2014, Ajman unveiled Ajman Vision 2021. According to the plan, the emirate’s development will be centred on four pillars:
The magical beaches of Ajman with their fresh air, peaceful environment and clean water provide various marine activities that attract many sea lovers.
Some of the major landmarks in Ajman are:
The Al Nuaimi tribe, who migrated to the region around 1775, formed Ajman. The first recognition of Ajman as an autonomous state came in 1820.
Ajman is ruled by H. H. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi. As the 10th ruler of the emirate of Ajman, he succeeded his late father H. H. Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi on 6 September 1981.
The reign of late Sheikh Rashid Bin Al Nuaimi lasted 53 years, from 1928 to 1981.
Sheik Humaid received his early education in Dubai in 1940 before proceeding to Cairo, Egypt, to continue his higher education. Soon after, he became involved in the political affairs of the emirate and became the Deputy Ruler of Ajman. He held this position from 1960 to 1981. H. H. is considered the founder of the new emirate of Ajman.
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