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Which emirate is better suited for a holiday – Ajman or Fujairah?

Какой эмират лучше подходит для отдыха – Аджман или Фуджейра?

The UAE tourism industry is multifaceted. The country offers luxury hotels, warm sea, fun entertainment – and this is only a small part. Here you can easily find a place for a trip together, a family vacation or a quiet vacation. One of the popular resort destinations of the hot Middle Eastern state are Ajman and Fujairah. They have their own distinctive features. To understand which is better suitable Ajman or Fujairah, consider the specifics of each emirate separately.

Comparison of Emirates


Ajman is the capital of the emirate of the same name. Most tourists come to this place because of the calm atmosphere of the city and the white shores of the Persian Gulf. In addition, there is a well–developed infrastructure here – you can come to the resort with children. On the coast, tourists like to play volleyball, water skiing and diving. 

The Emirate does not have its own airport. The nearest ones are located at 14.7 kilometers (Sharjah) and 23.8 kilometers (Dubai). 

Fujairah is an equally popular resort in the UAE. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. The population here is much smaller in comparison with other resort towns. Despite being less urbanized, the emirate is quite picturesque.

On the territory you will not find skyscrapers, construction sites, traffic jams. Locals are friendly to tourists. It has its own international airport and a large number of hotels. The Emirate is suitable for fans of outdoor activities and diving. The best places for diving are considered to be Khor Fakkan, the surroundings of the Martini rock and Dibba.

From the point of view of ecology, this territory is better than the largest tourist centers. Here you can relax and relax in peace.

Where is the climate better?

Due to the desert dry climate of Ajman, the temperature index in summer reaches +45-50 degrees in the sun, and +40 degrees in the shade. There is no rain in summer, the maximum precipitation falls in December and January. At the same time, they go rarely and for a short time – from 3 to 4 days for half an hour. A more comfortable temperature is from October to May – +23-25 degrees.

Fujairah has a subtropical climate. The temperature index reaches +50 in summer. Occasionally there are dust storms on the territory, it is enough to wait them out at the hotel. The peak of tourist arrivals lasts from autumn to spring. The water temperature at this time reaches + 30 degrees.

It turns out that the climate in both emirates is about the same.

Where are the best beaches?


The beaches of Ajman are quiet – you will not meet merchants and touts. Here the sand is soft and clean – there are no large stones, in some places there may be shells. On the beaches of Fujairah, fine clean sand, a gentle entrance to the water. Both are equipped with sun beds and changing rooms. Many of the beaches belong to hotels, so outsiders will not enter here without payment.

Everyone can visit public beaches for free.

Where are the best hotels?

The best Ajman hotel is considered to be the Fairmont Ajman 5*. Its beach stretches for 200 meters. There is a spa center and a swimming pool on site. If you are going on a trip with children, it is worth taking a closer look at the Bahi Ajman Palace 5* hotel. It includes several lounge areas and restaurants, and a heated swimming pool is provided for children.

The most popular hotels in Fujairah are:

  1. 5* Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort.
  2. 5* Fujairah Rotana Resort&Spa.
  3. 4* Royal Beach Hotel&Resort.
  4. 4* Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort&Spa.

Some of the presented hotels are very similar to Turkish hotels: they differ in a large territory, in greenery and with a wide beach area.

But there is also a drawback – the best of them are localized in the field, far from civilization.

Where is it easier to get to Dubai?


There are several ways to get to Dubai from Ajman:

  1. On the transfer from the hotel.
  2. By bus. The cost is 15 dirhams one way, the duration of the trip is 60 minutes.
  3. By taxi. The price is from 85 to 100 dirhams.

The easiest option would be to rent a car right at Dubai airport. To do this, you can use the Russian-language service LocalRent. The rental price per day starts from $ 20.

It is more difficult to get to Dubai from Fujairah:

  1. By bus – at least 75 dirhams one way. The duration of the trip will be 2.5 hours.
  2. Rent a car – $ 20 per day.

Where are the best attractions?

Sights of Ajman:

  • sheikh Zayed mosque;
  • archaeological exhibits;
  • City Centre Ajman and Lulu Hypermarket shopping centers;
  • museum with samples of old weapons.
  • watchtower;
  • park areas;
  • wax figures;
  • embankment.

Also, many people like to visit camel races and local markets.

The city has a peculiar architecture. Here you can go on excursions to Sharjah and Dubai. 

Good restaurants are localized on the territory of hotels and do not require prior reservation.

Fujairah Attractions:

  • Al-Badiya Mosque;
  • archaeological museum;
  • fountains.

The age of historical monuments is 500 years.

You can also visit interesting excursions, for example, go to the mountains or along the beds of dried rivers, take a walk through ancient fortresses, swim in healing mineral springs.

Which is better: Ajman or Fujairah?


After getting to know each emirate, the choice depends on your preferences and vacation goals. Let’s summarize the advantages and disadvantages to make it easier to decide.

Advantages of Ajman:

  • localized near Dubai – convenient to get to;
  • cheaper tours and hotels;
  • inexpensive cafes located right on the beach area;
  • there are no racing tracks;
  • quiet friendly atmosphere;
  • sandy beaches;
  • warm sea;
  • you can buy alcoholic beverages;
  • interesting excursions;
  • a gentle entrance to the water, which is great for relaxing with young children.


  • the climate is too hot in the summer;
  • you have to go to Dubai for entertainment;
  • there is no own airport.

Advantages of a holiday in Fujairah:

  • great beaches;
  • suitable for a relaxing holiday;
  • almost every hotel has “All inclusive”;
  • it is comfortable to arrive in winter, as the water is warm;
  • you can go snorkeling.
  • alcohol shops are open.
  • comfortable climate;
  • clean water for bathing.


  • remoteness from other resorts in the UAE;
  • long transfer from the airport – from 1.5 to 2 hours;
  • it may seem boring to someone.
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Vladimir Sviridov
Vladimir Sviridov
General Manager RLC Consulting
With a Postgraduate Masters in Finance from The, Moscow State University, Russia. Vladimir started his professional career as an auditor of the financial sector of EY. After that, he worked for several years in senior positions in corporate banking. In 2018-2021, he managed the finances of a large agricultural holding, and is currently responsible for strategic planning, corporate partnership and financial management in the role of General Manager of RLC Consulting GROUP in the UAE.

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