Ajman is the capital of the emirate of Ajman, which is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The city has a population of 225,000 according to estimates of a census conducted in 2003. The urban area connects directly with the city of Sarja along the coast to the southeast, which, in turn, connects with the city of Dubai, thus forming a continuous urban area.
Ajman is the base of the Governor’s office, the city concentrates a multitude of banking and financial entities, as well as local and international businesses.
The Ajman Museum is the main emirate museum that illustrates life as it was before. The fort of the 18th century served as the ruler’s residence until 1970.
You will find the museum on the east side of the central square in the Al Bustan area.
The exhibits offer a glimpse into Ajman’s past, from centuries-old manuscripts and armaments to dhow models, typical Arab wooden sailboats, and ingenious irrigation systems. One of the most notable samples is an excavated cemetery discovered in the Al Muwaihat area, which features ceramics and funeral jewels dating back to 3000 BC. One section is dedicated to the pearl trade that once dominated the region, while the fort itself is a perfect example of the traditional architecture of the Emirates.
Wasit Wetland Center
Wasit Wetland Center is a conservation area with a wetland (sabkha or salt plain) that was once common along the western coastal plains of the UAE and consists of a visitor center with viewpoints for both captive and wild birds, as well as extensive areas of dunes, salty lagoons and freshwater pools. Located in the suburb of Wasit, in northern Sharjah, it comprises about 4.5 square kilometers of protected habitat.
Up to 350 species of birds live in or are migratory visitors to the area, and about 60 species of birds stay permanently in the visitor center. These include northern bald ibis, bright ibis, gray heron, marbled duck (an endangered species), purple swamp, pink pelican and greater flamingo.
The center, which was inaugurated in 2015 by the ruler of Sharjah, Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, is operated by the Sharjah Government Environment and Protected Areas Authority and runs tours of the extensive preservation area, which maintains an educational program for local schools. A soundproof gallery allows visitors to see the birds without disturbing them. The center also offers a cafeteria, souvenir shop and interactive educational games for children.