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BESTINTRAVELMAGAZINE.COM ISSUE 57 2018

DISCOVERING THE EMIRATES

THE BEST OF AJMAN

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The Emirate of Ajman is one of the seven states constituting the United Arab Emirates. With an area of just 260 square kilometres (100Â sq mi), Ajman is the smallest of the emirates by area. Its seat of government is the city of Ajman, aî…šer which it is named. The emirate is bordered on its north, south, and east by the Emirate of Sharjah. It has a population of some 240,000.


MAN Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, Ajman also controls two small inland exclaves: Manama and Masfut, both of which are primarily agricultural. Approximately 95% of the population of the emirate resides in the city of Ajman, which forms part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Ajman is ruled by Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of the Al Nuaimi tribe. The Crown Prince of the Emirate is Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. While there is a known Ajami tribe extant in modern Saudi Arabia, the name of the city and Emirate of Ajman could also come from the Arabic 'Ajm', or 'Persians' or alternatively a diminutive of Oman 'Ayman'.

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Ajman is the smallest of the United Arab Emirates, covering only 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi). The city lies on the coast of the Persian Gulf and is home to some 95% of the emirate's population. In 2010, the population was 262,000, of which 16% was Emirati according to official statistics.

As well as the city of Ajman, the emirate also encompasses two landlocked exclaves, Manama and Masfut. Manama is in the plains at the foothills of the Hajjar Mountains some 60 km east of Ajman city, while Masfut is in the mountains proper, some 110 km south of Ajman City. The city and main territory of Ajman is bordered to the landward side by Sharjah, while Manama shares borders with Sharjah and Fujairah. Masfut borders Oman, Dubai (the village and exclave of Haa) and Ras Al Khaimah. Both Manama and Masfout are fertile regions and support widespread agricultural development.


Most of the main emirate's landmass is developed, with extensive suburbs stretching out almost to the E311 arterial road, with light industrial zones and warehousing towards the north east. Ajman's creek has been dredged and walled to form a port area and this is the location for the Ajman Port and the Ajman Free Zone. Ajman has a thriving textile industry, and is home to some 15% of the UAE's manufacturing firms.

The Red Fort was built during Sheikh Humaid bin Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi (1910-1928), and consists of four rooms in two towers. The fort was restored in 1986 and a third tower was added to the two older towers. Gravel and red plaster were used in the construction of the walls of the fort and hence it was named the Red Fort. Sandalwood was used in the beams and supports for the construction of the roofs.

The small areas of sandy desert outside the city support scant seasonal growths of wild grasses and scrub, ghaf trees and occasional date palms. Acacia and ghaf trees are to be found in abundance in Manama, which has long been established as an agricultural centre. Date palm groves and fruit tree plantations are characteristic of Masfut.

Manama museum, opened on 2 December 2012, is located in Al Mareer Fort, which was originally built during the reign of Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi (1873 – 1891). A yard overlooks seven rooms and a well. The fort is surrounded by palm trees irrigated by the old Manama Falaj. Located on the Ajman Corniche, the square Al Murabaa Watchtower was built in the 1930s.

Places of interest Ajman Fort was formerly the residence of the Ruler of Ajman but turned over to Ajman Police as their barracks in 1967. It was subsequently converted into a museum and houses an eclectic collection of artefacts and exhibitions of traditional life in Ajman.

Ajman's busy corniche is a popular evening and weekend destination for families and features a number of fast food outlets, coffee shops and stalls. It is home to the 'Outside Inn', a popular watering hole with expatriates, as well as to a number of hotels, including the Ramada, Ajman Palace, the Kempinski and the luxurious Ajman Saray.

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SightSeeing the Corniche Much of the activity in Ajman is concentrated along the Corniche and its aractive 16km stretch of beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The Corniche boasts a wide variety of shopping options, including souks, markets and malls, both traditional and fast food restaurants, cafes and shops. Al naseem nature Reserve A natural area, currently under development in Manama area. Al Naseem Nature Reserve is expected to showcase the beauty of the region's natural landscape while protecting its rarest flora and fauna. Al Zorah nature Reserve With a 7km waterfront, embracing the changing shades of the Arabian Gulf Sea and a 2km silky and pure sand beach, A Zorah natural reserve allows discovering yet other natural wonders: lucent lagoons, creeks and an inviting natural mangrove forest swarming with 58 bird species. helio Park Located at Sheikh Zayed Street in Al Helio district. Also known as Al Helio Park, Helio Park is an outdoor araction on the outskirts of Ajman. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are family days, when it is open to men as well as women and children. Al Rashidiya Park Located at Badr Street, it is a large and popular family park covering 40,000 sqm with a variety of play facilities, open green spaces, a cafe and plenty of seating areas. The park is for women and children only. Masfout Discover the rugged landscape of the Hajar Mountains – a hiker's dream and a refreshing escape from the city heat. Less than two hours away from the city centre is the tiny Ajman enclave of Masfout . Taking the Dubai-Haa Road will involve a couple of checkpoints as the road passes through an Oman outpost, so take your passport with you; alternatively, use the Sharjah-Kalba Road. Both routes pass through some fantastic rolling dunes before reaching the peaceful foothills of the Hajar Mountains.


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CultuRe & heRitAge the Red Fort The Red Fort was built during the time of Sheikh Humaid bin Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, and consists of four rooms and two towers, each made of two rooms. In 1986, following instructions from HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, a complete restoration of the fort was completed and a third tower was added to the two older towers. Gravel and red plaster were used in the construction of the walls of the fort and hence it was named the red fort. Sandal wood was used in the beams and supports for the construction of the roofs. The fort is completely surrounded by trees from all directions and a well is located close to the fort that was used in drinking water extracted from it. Ajman equestrian Club Unsurprisingly, Ajman is extremely proud of its equestrian heritage, and visitors are invited to saddle up at the Ajman Equestrian Club. It houses more than 100 well-trained Arabian horses and oers a range of lessons and riding activities. Expert trainers are on hand to oer instruction in a number of languages, and even total beginners can try their hand at the sport and rent the necessary livery on-site. Both group and private lessons are available, costing between Dhs.40 and Dhs.100, and for advanced riders there are courses in show jumping and dressage. The perfect way to stay active in the sun. www.ajmantourism.ae


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THE OBEROI BEAC AL ZORAH

Al Zorah is a unique, luxury destination in Ajman, with long, white sand beaches, azure lagoons and lush, green mangroves. Nestled within 247 acres (one million square metres) of protected forest, Al Zorah boasts exceptional biodiversity, and is home to almost sixty species of bird. Al Zorah also oers a championship golf course, kayaking and much more. The newest of luxury resorts in Ajman, Al Zorah is situated just 25 minutes from Dubai International airport and is entered on private roads.


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Occupying a prime location, nearby the mangrove forests, within the Al Zorah destination is The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah. Unique amongst luxury hotels in Ajman, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah boasts a sophisticated design caressed by the gentle sea breeze and in harmony with nature.


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The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah has spacious rooms and suites with private terraces, while the villas have private, temperature controlled pools. In the hotel's chic indoor and al fresco restaurants, guests can enjoy the finest, nutritional, international cuisine while taking in panoramic ocean vistas. With floor to ceiling windows, indoor and outdoor seating areas, and a carefully selected collection of literature, the chic, modern library is a wonderful seing to relax and unwind beside views of the nearby olive trees and ocean.


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ACCOMMODATION Accommodation at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah is unique amongst hotels in Ajman; spacious, elegant and modern, with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass windows that fill the spaces with natural light and fantastic sea views. Guests can also enjoy spectacular, daily sunset vistas.Each of the rooms and suites has a private terrace, while the villas offer

temperature controlled, private pools and an outdoor space to host exclusive parties. All accommodation has complimentary, high speed Internet access and is equipped with Oberoi E'nhance; an iPad interface that allows guests to manage everything from entertainment to in-room dining.

We also offer accommodation for the physically challenged and interconnecting room options for the convenience of families or friends travelling together. Guests in the suites are also offered complimentary airport transfers.


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MAGNIFICENT VIEWS All accommodation at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah has either uninterrupted views of the Arabian Ocean, of Al Zorah's one hundred million square metres of protected mangrove forest, or of the resort's beautiful gardens.

PRIVATE SPACE The Kohinoor Suite features a beach cabana for private dining, while the Lagoona Three Bedroom Villa with Private Pool has a private garden perfect for exclusive cocktail receptions. The Premium Two Bedroom Villa with Private Pool has a large terrace suitable for private barbecue parties.

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THE OBEROI SPA The spa at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Ajman has private treatment rooms with open air showers and separate hammams, nestled within a labyrinth of open air corridors with chic, elegant lines that maximise height, space and natural light. Nearby the spa complex is a 24 hour gymnasium, a yoga and meditation room framed by a fragrant herb garden, and an al fresco table tennis pavilion. Located close to the main hotel building is a temperaturecontrolled swimming pool (265 feet/80 metres long), a sand box, a pool for babies and another pool for toddlers and small children.

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DINING The restaurants and bar at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Ajman are incomparable examples of the finest modern design, craed to harmonise with the surrounding natural landscape. Located within a faux glass island, Vinesse, our all day fine dining restaurant in Al Zorah, serves world cuisine throughout the day. The aached bar serves exquisitely craed cocktails, and a wide range of spirits and single malts. Resting on natural wooden decks, Aquario, our restaurant by the beach, serves responsibly sourced seafood from local and international waters that is cooked using traditional techniques. At the aached bar, guests can sip on an aperitif or a nightcap and enjoy toe-tapping music

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OBEROI EXPERIENCES The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah occupies a prime location within the Al Zorah luxury development. Guests can enhance their stay with a unique Oberoi experience specific to this fantastic destination and our magnificent hotel.

round warm-down or to finely tune your golf swing. The driving range is over 350 metres long and can accommodate up to 50 players at any one time. Enjoy a practice swing with our TaylorMade range balls.

Barbecue Under the Stars Guests can experience an unforgeable star lit barbecue dinner specially prepared by an Oberoi chef and served by a personal butler at the poolside of their private villa. Our chefs would be happy to personalise a menu for any special occasion and advise beverages to compliment the meal.

Golf by Al Zorah Expertly craed by Nicklaus Design and managed by the globally-renowned operators Troon Golf, the exceptional playability, variety and challenges offered by The Fairways’ par-72 course will be the envy of any avid golfer. Whether you play the championship 18 holes or prefer to watch, you will have access to an exclusive clubhouse and a restaurant that offers unforgeable sunset views over the course.

Dinner at the Beach Cabana Dinner at the private beach cabana is an unforgeable experience. Savour a customised menu, specially designed by an Oberoi chef while enjoying romantic views of the star-lit sky touching the calm ocean. Golf Driving Range Experience Located adjacent to The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah is a perfectly manicured two-tee driving range perfect for a pre-round warm up, post-

Set in a stunning natural environment, with flowing sand dunes and an in-land mangrove forest, with water levels that change with the tides, and swaying paspalum grass. This highly desirable location provides golfers with a unique experience.

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FAIRMONT AJMAN

Located in the emirate of perennial sunshine and stunning white sand beaches is the Fairmont Ajman, the newest Fairmont agship in the United Arab Emirates. Just 30 minutes away from the bustling metropolis of Dubai known for its sightseeing, shopping and entertainment, Ajman

oers a delightful contrast by inviting guests to take a gentler pace across a stretch of shoreline called the Corniche, enjoy a refreshing swim in opal hued and clear waters, and to soak in genuine Arabian traditions and hospitality.


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ACtiVitieS The newest Fairmont flagship in the United Arab Emirates and to the Middle East, Fairmont Ajman follows a hallmark tradition in providing thoughtful service and genuine travel experiences for the guest. With 200 metres of pristine beachfront with so white sand descending into the opal blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, the resort is a beacon for both the holiday maker and the paradise seeker. An expansive infinity pool, ample sun loungers and cabanas, water activities, and a spa featuring a range of signature treatments, complete this luxury lifestyle experience.

Once inside, playful architectural sculptures in the form of a golden fishing net pay tribute to the emirate’s time honoured nautical past, while a full range of meeting rooms, including one of the largest ballrooms in the city, allow for a social functions and bespoke meetings and conferences.


With eight restaurants and lounges, the resort brings world class dining and creative culinary concepts to the smallest emirate in the UAE. From a Turkish inspired restaurant to Spectrum, carrying the moniker of its sister Dubai restaurant and oering open show kitchens and international cuisine, guests will be spoiled for choice, A dedicated outdoor shisha lounge overlooking the Arabian Gulf and the soon to debut Arabian nightclub, provide a nocturnal element to your stay in Ajman.

Located just 30 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport only 15 minutes from the Sharjah International airport, you’ll be quickly transported from the bustling, fast pace routine of the everyday into a sun soaked and luxuriously laid back lifestyle.

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ACCOMMODAtiOnS Modern décor combined with contemporary touches, including dark wood paneling, cool marble flooring, so leather headboards and symmetrical design elements can be found throughout the resort’s 252 guestrooms and suites.

Fairmont Ajman includes the option of connecting guestrooms, upwards to four bedrooms, perfect for families or a group of friends.


All guestrooms and suites are highlighted by unobstructed and breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf as far as the eye can see, pillow top maresses with plush bedding, all made of 100% coon, marble tiled multi piece bathrooms, and state-of-the-art in-room technology.

These design elements and thoughtful amenities create an uncomplicated atmosphere offering accessibility, ease and convenience in luxurious surroundings – ensuring that you are able to connect to what is important to you during your stay.

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Dining Bringing a portfolio of world class restaurants and innovative culinary concepts as found in major cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Fairmont Ajman presents a true upscale epicurean experience to the emirate. No longer will guests have to travel to neighbouring cities for some of the best dining in the region, as the resort offers eight restaurants and lounges, many with outdoor al fresco seating overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

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This culinary line-up begins with Spectrum, where live action cooking stations provide both whimsy and theatre, with an array of international cuisines, in addition to a quaint ‘restaurant within a restaurant’ serving rustic and hearty Italian dishes to the Lobby Lounge, located underneath the third story atrium providing a resplendent seing for tea, coffee and pastries or a light bite.


XOLO Bar showcases the most progressive and innovative cocktails available in Ajman by using locally sourced ingredients combined with classic techniques, as well as appealing to the cigar aďŹ cionado with a dedicated cigar room and walkin humidor.

The sun drenched Poolside Bar oers a casual and uncomplicated vibe with an outdoor themed menu, including fresh and vibrant salads as well as healthy Lifestyle Cuisine options. www.fairmont.com/ajman/

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THE AJM PALACE A world-class experience awaits at The Ajman Palace Hotel set on its own private beach with inspiring views over the Arabian Gulf. Experience a beach hotel where unsurpassed luxury meets with contemporary facilities to ensure an unforgeî…&#x;able stay.

Conveniently located 22 km from Dubai International Airport and 11 km from Sharjah International Airport, Ajman’s best-kept secret is easy to reach whether travelling on business or for pleasure.


MAN E HOTEL Discover luxurious accommodation, a rejuvenating Spa and Fitness Centre, exquisite dining outlets and impressive events venues including the largest ballroom in the Northern Emirates, all in one exquisite destination.

Every aspect of our ďŹ ve-star hotel is speckled with legendary Arabian hospitality making The Ajman Palace Hotel a destination in itself. Uncover all the magic of Ajman when you stay at our prestigious hotel.

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ACCOMMODAtiOn Boasting 254 luxury rooms, suites, and residences, The Ajman Palace Hotel is a stunning example of traditional architecture blended with contemporary design.

Ideally located on the Ajman Corniche, our rooms offer exquisite views of the Arabian Gulf, the Ajman Harbour, and the Ajman Ruler’s Court. Whether staying in Ajman on business or pleasure, our range of five-star accommodation symbolises the perfect balance between comfort and luxury; a haven of peace and tranquillity in the centre of Ajman.


Our luxury hotel rooms have been designed with an emphasis on modern convenience married to a sense of place – conveyed by the Arabesque touches in the artwork, the use of “Mashrabiya” decorative fretwork, rich brocades and subtle gold touches.

Admire the outstanding views across private lawn terraces from the second floor of our childfriendly hotel with its range of family-friendly facilities. Our city facing rooms, suites and residences offer the perfect chance for a moment of calm in the heart of Ajman.

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Dining Discover unrivalled culinary experiences in Ajman and dine at one of the exquisite alcohol-free fivestar restaurants at The Ajman Palace Hotel. A whole host of dishes await including Mediterranean, sushi and a la carte menus, offering something for everyone. With a 24-hour in-room service menu, take delicious dishes to the comfort of your own hotel or suite. Choose from refined dining or light snacks and dine in the luxury and privacy of your own hotel room. Dining options include:

All-day-dining restaurant with an al fresco sea view option serving an international buffet and Mediterranean influenced dishes. Our 'Dragon's Place' restaurant encompasses the true far-eastern atmosphere of Asian fusion cuisine featuring a sushi bar and private dining facilities ideal for a unique culinary experience. Relax and unwind in the welcoming 'Lobby Café' where you can savour delicious pastries and other international specialities.


The ‘Nojoom Lounge’ enables you to enjoy the stunning views from our scenic rooop on to the Ajman Marina and Ruler’s Court, all whilst siing back and relaxing around a shisha. Sample one of our many shisha flavours brought to you by our very own Shisha Createur. Whatever your taste or style, The Ajman Palace Hotel’s restaurants cater for any occasion and palate, ensuring a true sensory voyage.

All the outlets provided in our luxury hotel are founded on the commitment to provide the very best dining experience in Ajman and to ensure you enjoy your visit.

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MeetingS Discover a luxury venue to suit any occasion at The Ajman Palace Hotel. Corporate meetings, conferences, birthday celebrations, weddings and many more events can be held at our ďŹ ve-star venue where an experienced team is on hand to ensure success.

Whether you are holding a meeting for 5 clients or hosting a grand wedding for 700 guests, The Ajman Palace Hotel has a number of stunning venues to suit any occasion. Our venues can be adapted match your requirements precisely.


With elegant spaces, custom menus and a team on expert event planners, you can rest assured that every aspect of your event is thoroughly planned. Our skilled chefs can prepare anything from light snacks and amuse bouche to refined dishes that add the finishing touches to your event.

The Ajman Palace features a grand ballroom, the biggest in the Northern Emirates, a conference hall for distinct occasions, 4 meeting rooms for private affairs, and a VIP Majlis room. www.hmhhotelgroup.com/theajmanpalace/unite darabemirates/ajman/theajmanpalacehotel

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AJMAN HOTEL

Ajman Hotel is only a 30-minute drive away from the buzz of downtown Dubai and 20-minutes from Dubai International Airport. Ajman is the smallest of the seven Emirates and a true yet undiscovered gem in the mystical UAE, with a lot of secrets le to be uncovered.

Complete with one of the most beautiful white-sand private beaches, a swimming pool with its neighboring kids pool, plenty of water sports options such as jet skiing, surfing and sailing, this resort is tailored to meet your every heart’s desire. Ajman Hotel is boasting with its 10 food and beverage outlets and endless leisure facilities, whilst all its 168 rooms and 14 suites are featuring modern Arabic décor and are overlooking the Arabian Gulf.


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All the rooms located in the main building are offering spectacular views over the Arabian Gulf, lush palm gardens and white sandy beach from the private balcony, whilst Laguna poolside rooms are leading straight into the inviting pool. Giving guests a chance to enjoy European luxury and Arabian hospitality, guests can choose a Signature Deluxe room for a higher view over the shimmering Gulf. Our Laguna poolside rooms are excellent for families, catering to their every need.

The ultimate mark of distinction and sophistication is the 250 sq m Royal Suite, located on floor 8, offering a regal experience in opulent surroundings. The suite features five private balconies that offer picturesque views of the Arabian Gulf, along with a separate living room and dining area for up to six guests. The suite also includes a kitchenee, as well as private butler service.


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Ajman Hotel is complete with 168 rooms and 14 suites, featuring modern Arabic décor. All the rooms located in the main building are offering spectacular views over the Arabian Gulf, lush palm gardens and white sandy beach from the private balcony, whilst Laguna poolside rooms are leading straight into the inviting pool. Giving guests a chance to enjoy Arabian hospitality, guests can choose a Leisure Club rooms for a higher

view over the shimmering Gulf, whilst Laguna poolside rooms are excellent for families, catering to your every need. Every room is equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, Satellite TV with several international channels, high-definition LCD screens, mini bar, International Direct Dial telephone with voice mail, as well as High Speed Internet connection, safe, hair dryer, magnifying mirror, bathrobes & slippers, key card access and 24-hour room service.


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Whether you are looking for an elegant evening meal, taste some of the best seafood by the sea or a small bite to eat; Ajman Hotel takes your taste buds on a trip around the world with a fantastic selection of restaurants. From the rich culinary heritage to the world’s most modern-day cuisines, our iconic restaurants in Ajman create a dining experience that will leave a lasting impression on your palate.

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RAMADA BEACH HOTEL AJMAN


Located in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, the Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman guarantees guests luxury,elegance and comfort throughout their stay. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, our excellent levels of true Arabian hospitality will leave you dreaming of a return visit. Your days will be bathed in warm sunshine and our location in Ajman city centre will enable you to make the most of every day whether you are engaged in business, sightseeing or shopping.

The Ramada Beach Hotel, Ajman, is situated alongside traditional Arabic cultural and architectural treasures but oers excellent modern facilities and outstanding levels of service. Your stay in our sophisticated surroundings will feel like a real home from home experience and we look forward to welcoming you back time aer time.

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Rooms The uniquely designed accommodation features fully fied suites with a full size double bedroom, kitchenee and your own en-suite dining area. Balconies have an elegant city view and a spectacular sea view overlooking miles of golden beach . All our suites are equipped with IDD telephone, satellite TV and individually controlled air conditioning. The accommodation consists of standard, deluxe, one and two bedroom suites.


Penthouse The Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman Penthouse is located on the 13th floor with panoramic views across the Arabian Sea – breathtaking views hard to match anywhere in the Emirate. The Penthouse spreads over 7,535 square feet and is comprised of a luxurious master bedroom along with a terrace to soak up the stunning views, two wide balconies, a barbecue area to enjoy open-air dining, a spacious living room with tranquil sea views plus Arabic style Majlis. It features four large bedrooms and the master’s bedroom includes a jacuzzi bathroom. It also has a large, well-appointed dining room and well equipped kitchen.

Guests staying in the Penthouse enjoy extensive VIP services. The Penthouse is accessible through one entry door thus providing ultimate convenience and privacy for the duration of your stay.

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Marvelling at the breathtaking views while enjoying the tasteful interior is an unforgeable experience for all those travellers appreciating elegance and warm ambience. Whether you are staying for business or leisure, the hotel’s stylish Penthouse will offer you the best in accommodation and atmosphere in the Emirate of Ajman.

To help guests relax, they can enjoy exclusive use of a private pool/billiard room and a fullyequipped kitchen to cook up some tasty home cooking. The Royal style marble top dining table seats 14 guests to dine in style at one time or enjoy in the BBQ area with breathtaking scenery across the Emirate. Penthouse also features a Maid’s Room and an elevator dedicated to the exclusive use of penthouse guests guaranteeing good privacy..


two Bedroom Suite Our two bedroom suite offers guests the height of luxury. Consisting of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious living room with a balcony and incredible sea views, this suite is most elegant and ensures guests feel pampered from the minute they arrive until they leave the hotel doors – planning their return,naturally. With 89sqm, this suite offers guests a true sense of home for a longer stay with us or for stylish family living

Choose from a king size bed or twin beds in the bedroom area and relax in comfort inside or out in the cosy living room or on the balcony where the warm sun brightens every day of your break at our hotel. Whether you’re with us for business or pleasure, your stay will be enhanced by our surroundings combining modem stylish design with our fabulous traditional cultural heritage.

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Dining

Flavours Restaurant

Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman offers a variety of cuisines and dining options to choose from in our Flavours restaurant or enjoy your meal within your privacy and comfort through our 24 hour room services. Whether its a small bite or a big meal, we offer the finest.

Enjoy treating your taste buds in our sumptuous main restaurant. Situated in the lobby, Flavors is staffed by top chefs whose aim is to introduce you to a variety of culinary delights. The international menu means there is something to suit every taste and features most traditional food items. There are also dishes to tempt you to try something a lile different.

King’s grill Enjoy the tradition and taste of authentic Bar B’Q in town serving Indian, Arabic, Pakistani, Afghani & Persian barbeque dishes, prepared and grilled on a traditional charcoal in an open kitchen environment. King’s Grill combines the elegance of traditional cooking with exceptional hospitality to create a dining experience that you will never forget.


Shapes Spa & health Club The sumptuous Shapes Spa and Health Club enables visitors to relax and rejuvenate without even leaving the hotel premises. Our highly trained therapists use the best in luxury beauty products and indulge you with the most relaxing treatments. From a relaxing treatment and modern gym facilities to exclusive spa treatments is available with us for our guests to have a fully relaxed stay.

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AJMAN SARAY AJMAN’S ENCHANTING COASTAL SANCTUARY

Nestled near the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf where white sandy beaches dazzle in the sun, Ajman Saray is the first beach-side Luxury Collection Resort in the Middle East.

This resort is the perfect choice whether you’re looking for a short escape from the hustle and bustle of the city or in the mood for coastal holiday.


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Royal Suite - Sea View The palatial Royal Suite is opulently yet tastefully adorned with regal contemporary decor influenced by the region. Oblong overlapping mirrors reflect ceilings worked with modern Arabian-inspired paerns in a living room fit to receive royalty. In addition to a separate bedroom with pillowtop bed, dining area, private study and walk-in wardrobe, the suite also features a personal spa-treatment room. In the spacious bathroom is a double vanity, a walk-in shower with bathtub and a television hidden in a mirror. The most decadent experiences, however, will likely take place on the sprawling balcony. Enjoying the highest sea views the hotel has to offer, time spent lounging on the fully furnished private terrace never disappoints. Amiri Suite - Sea View Expansive elegance defines the Amiri Suite, from its separate bedroom with plush pillowtop bed to its oversized bathroom with double vanity, walk-in shower and bathtub, walk-in wardrobe and TV disguised as a mirror. This majestic suite also features a separate office for privacy while working, as well as a living room with a stylish seating area and a handsome dining table. Finally, a private balcony offers a jaw-dropping look at the beach and sea. Al Dana Suite The Ajman Saray’s Al Dana Suite offers an opulent Arabian escape. The separate bedroom is fied with a large bed with a luxury pillowtop maress. The living room provides not only a lavish seating area with a refined Arabian ambience, but also a dining table for sharing meals and an executive desk to work in style. Each Al Dana suite is furnished with one and a half bathrooms, the larger of which includes a double vanity, a walk-in shower and bathtub as well as a seemingly invisible TV masquerading as a bathroom mirror. Spacious private balconies provide a view of the bustling city or stunning turquoise sea, depending on the room.


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inDulge in A JOuRneY OF FlAVOuRS The Ajman Saray has exceptional dining venues featuring gourmet cuisine with a blend of indigenous flavours. Enhanced by the sumptuous surroundings, every dish becomes a unique culinary experience. Bab Al Bahr Beach Bar & grill in Ajman Outside the main building along the beach, the à la carte Beach Bar & Grill exudes modern, easygoing charm over two floors. Bars can be found on both the ground floor and the roof, with a separate BBQ station located inside the restaurant. Safi Seafood Restaurant in Ajman Unwind in chic sophistication while enjoying panoramic views of the pool, gardens and sea at the Seafood Restaurant & Bar. The menu is an Asian-influenced mix of seasonal and regional fish and produce, prepared on demand according to each guest’s preferences.

Mejhana Arabic Restaurant in Ajman The laid-back style of this à-la-carte dining venue sets the scene for contemporary Arabic cuisine. The striking Marrakesh Bar welcomes guests with Arabic coffee and a range of hot and cold MiddleEastern beverages. Alcoholic beverages are also available. Vista All-Day Dining Restaurant in Ajman The vibrant and lively All-Day Dining restaurant offers a mouth-watering variety of International specialties in buffet style. However, here the buffet tables are integrated with live cooking stations, encouraging interaction with the staff and the food-preparation process.


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events Ajman Saray Resort oers versatile facilities for meetings, conferences, corporate events, weddings, and special celebrations. Venues are illuminated by natural daylight and provide beautiful views of the gulf. All rooms are equipped with the latest multimedia and videoconferencing equipment and can be reconďŹ gured into a seating layout that meets your needs. www.ajmansaray.com

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