A modern metropolis

The process of change is accelerating in Ajman as the city develops as a centre for business.

Ajman has progressed from a small fishing town at the time of independence in 1971 to a modern emirate. Over the last three decades, the population has rocketed, from 36,000 in 1980 to around 224,000 today. Around 95% of the population resides in the city of Ajman, which in recent years has experienced a massive development and construction boom.

The climate is pleasant and the lifestyle relaxed. Traditional Islamic values remain at the core of everyday life, and the people are friendly. Crime is virtually non-existent.

Economic prosperity has turned Ajman city into a thriving modern metropolis with a lively entrepreneurial community. There are increasing numbers of cars and pedestrians on the streets, and more visitors — both businessmen and tourists alike.

New roads have been built, and new residential areas, tower blocks, and smart hotels have sprung up.

"Today we have 220 million road projects under construction, providing a total of around 350-400 million dirhams-worth of infrastructure projects," explains Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. "His Highness believes that whenever you have very good traffic circulation within, in and out of the emirate, you will be able to attract more people. We are spending 1 billion dirhams on around 800 hotel rooms, three marinas, a beautiful beach club, a tourism village and a retail area."