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

Какой эмират лучше подходит для отдыха – Аджман или Шарджа?

Many tourists go to the United Arab Emirates, choosing Ajman or Sharjah for their holidays. Both two regions are adjacent, but still differ in laws, beach area, infrastructure and hotels. Let’s look at the features of each, so that it will be easier for you to determine which is better: Ajman or Sharjah.


Ajman from above

Despite the proximity of the two emirates, Ajman is located a little further from the main airports of the UAE and from Dubai, where almost every tourist dreams of visiting at least once. At the same time, each hotel in these emirates is located near cafes, shops, so you can always find an alternative option to hotel bars and restaurants as food.


There is a lot of entertainment on the territory of Sharjah. For example, a huge water park with water slides and swimming areas. You can also visit several amusement parks, which is not to say about Ajman – there are practically no such places here.

If we talk about shopping, there are 8 of them on the territory of the first emirate – souvenir figurines, gold jewelry, costume jewelry, branded clothing and shoes are sold here.

The lowest receipt for a taxi is only in Ajman, prices are average in Sharjah, but bus service is more developed. For a family holiday, the first one is more suitable.

Sea and beaches

Ajman Beach

Beach holidays are certainly better in Ajman. Here, the water in the sea is cleaner, and the waves, as in most places, break on the breakwaters.


There are more hotels in Sharjah. Here you can rent a room for any budget. If you are planning a business trip or an economical vacation, you can stay in a city hotel. From them, a bus goes twice a day to the beaches of the capital. But it is better to discuss this nuance before booking a room.

In Ajman, there are mainly beach hotels that are concentrated on the first line. There are more of them than urban ones. Those that are located in the city are provided mainly for migrant workers. Therefore, the conditions in them are less comfortable.



For those who love excursions and come for this, it is worth looking at hotels in Sharjah. Otherwise, you will have to spend more time on trips. On the territory of this emirate, the choice of travel companies is much wider, although in Ajman you can also find where to buy an excursion.

Among other things, Sharjah is rich in interesting sights – from museums, amusement parks to singing fountains, Ferris wheels and an aquarium. And the shopping center, there are significantly more markets here in comparison with Ajman. Another advantage of Sharjah is a greater number of excursions with a Russian–speaking guide.


You will not be able to buy alcohol in Sharjah. It is completely prohibited on this territory, and it is also impossible to use it in cafes and restaurants.

There is no ban in Ajman, so you can drink alcoholic beverages even on the beaches of hotels (the exception is public beach areas). There is even an alcohol market where you can buy alcohol at low prices.

Sharjah or Ajman: which is better


Summing up, it is worth noting that Sharjah is an emirate for those planning to visit interesting places, sights, excursions. It will also be appreciated by those who do not plan to spend a lot of money on accommodation in expensive hotels.

Ajman is an emirate for those who like to relax in luxury apartments, sunbathe on the beach, try alcoholic beverages in a restaurant, bar.

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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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