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Ajman - Frequently Asked Questions

For everything you ever wanted to know about Ajman but we haven't covered in detail throughout our travel guide, here is that famous little list of Frequently Asked Questions about this beautiful Middle Eastern destination.

Covering all the basics and resolving those important doubts most people have about this emerging holiday paradise, our FAQs section aims to help you with the things you want to find out most about before and after you book your getaway there.

Table of contents

  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. Can I visit Dubai from Ajman?
  7. Can I use Ajman as stopover to the Indian Ocean?
  8. How orthodox is Ajman?

When is the best time to go?

The best time to to travel to Ajman and the rest of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is between September and May. This is because the weather has normally cooled down by this point in the year, though humidity can still be a problem. The area usually comes into peak tourist season during these months as the temperature is much more pleasant for visitors not used to the climate. One of the major draws of Ajman is that it is much quieter than other emirates in the area, meaning you don't have to worry about tourist seasons as much. Throughout November, December, January and February daytime temperatures are around 24 degrees C, though it can get a little cooler in the evenings. During these winter months, there is a higher chance of rain, this is usually heavy but short showers.


Do you need a visa?

If you have a British passport, you won't need to apply for a visa to enter any part of the UAE. Instead, when you arrive in Ajman, you will be granted a visit visa, which doesn't cost anything. This permits you to stay for up to 30 days in the UAE.


How can I get there?

A number of different airlines offer direct flights to Ajman and normally take around seven hours.


What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

Along with the other emirates, Ajman uses the UAE dirham. This can be used throughout the region and cash machines are easily found.


What is there to see and do?

Ajman is the smallest emirate in the UAE, meaning tourist attractions are limited. However, it is the perfect destination for a relaxed getaway, thanks to its beautiful coastline, spectacular hotels and consistently warm climate.


Can I visit Dubai from Ajman?

Ajman is less than 45km away from Dubai, making it a quick 45-minute journey. Many people choose to holiday in Ajman for that very reason as they can enjoy more affordable luxury in Ajman, but then quickly and easily get to the variety of tourist attractions in Dubai.


Can I use Ajman as stopover to the Indian Ocean?

It's possible to use Ajman as a stopover for holidays in the Indian Ocean and the emirate can provide the perfect opportunity to relax and recuperate before you continue on your journey.


How orthodox is Ajman?

Laws and customs across the UAE are very different to the UK and it's important to do some research before you plan your holiday to ensure you don't cause any offence. There can be serious penalties for doing something that may not be illegal at home. Bringing in some items - such as pork - is illegal and other everyday items like books and magazines may be looked at closely. Drinking alcohol is also very different in Ajman, but non-Muslim residents can drink alcohol in most tourist hotels, which have a licence. However, it's an offence to drink or be drunk in public. The legal drinking age is actually 18 but hotels won't serve anyone under 21. Swearing or making rude gestures in public can also be cause for you to be arrested and prosecuted. Women should dress modestly whenever they are in public, covering the legs and the tops of the arms. Sex outside marriage and even sharing a room with someone you are not married to is illegal, as is homosexuality.


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