The smallest of all the emirates, Ajman is known for its sandy white beaches and calm, quiet life. Not quite as busy as neighbouring Sharjah and Dubai, the tiny emirate’s quaint charm has made it a great place to live in the UAE. A lot of people consider moving to Ajman for the affordable and peaceful suburban life it offers. Ajman ranked as the top most popular place to buy and rent properties in the Northern Emirates according to Bayut’s 2017 Ajman and other Northern Emirates real estate report. The apartments for rent in Ajman are also significantly larger and much cheaper than their counterparts in Dubai. Here are some of the best areas in Ajman to live in:
A list showing the best areas in Ajman will be incomplete without the mention of the Corniche. This popular hub is a 4 km long esplanade lining the beautiful Ajman coast. One of the most vibrant areas in the city, the Ajman Corniche has quite an impressive inventory of cafes and restaurants for everyone. In terms of residential properties, it’s mostly high rise apartments in the area. The Corniche Tower is the second tallest building in the emirate with beautiful views of the pristine blue waters, making it one of the most popular buildings to rent apartments in Ajman.
Known for affordable accommodation, Al Nuaimiya was the most sought-after location in the Northern Emirates for renting apartments in 2017. Unlike the Ajman Corniche, the area boasts a variety of options including villas to rent and lease. There are plenty of supermarkets in the region and Safeer Mall is available for most of your shopping needs. The British International School is minutes away for families with children and the drive to Dubai is just 45 minutes, making it an obvious choice for a lot of people to consider living in.
Al Mowaihat is considered one of the best areas in Ajman to buy or rent villas mainly because of its traditional Emirati style houses, adding to the character and charm of the area with a certain uniqueness in comparison with the modern Dubai architecture.
Al Mowaihat’s Ajman Academy which offers both the IGCSE and IB curriculum is considered one of the best schools in the emirate. With attractive schooling options and spacious villas, Al Mowaihat is definitely one of the best areas in Ajman for families.
Al Mowaihat is also well-known for being the site of the famous archaeological excavations in the late 1980’s where several historic artefacts were unearthed.
Al Rashidiya in Ajman Downtown is the second most popular area in the emirate to rent apartments according to Bayut’s 2017 year-end-report. The area is equally well known for buying apartments as well. Ajman Downtown is close to the Ajman Free Zone which boasts one of the largest industrial and manufacturing hubs in the country. It is dominated by apartment complexes; properties in Falcon Towers and the Al Rashidiya Towers are some of the more popular choices for renting. Local attractions include the Ajman Family Park and the Ajman Stadium.
Further north and close to the Ajman Museum is Al Zahra. It’s a short drive from luxury beachfront hotels like the Fairmont Ajman and the Ajman Saray and is known for its suburban vibe. With a significant number of off-plan projects having been launched recently, Al Zahra is developing quickly into an investment hub in Ajman.
In terms of affordable areas to rent in Ajman, Al Zahra comes out as one of the top ones as well, making it an attractive option for tenants to consider living in.
After a detailed overview of the best areas to live in Ajman, let us share some interesting facts about the emirate with you:
Interesting facts about Ajman:
- Ajman is the smallest of the United Arab Emirates covering a mere 260 sq kilometres.
- An international airport is expected to start operations in 2018
- Ajman allows 100% freehold to global investors and was the second emirate after Dubai to do so.
- Archaeologists have unearthed several artefacts that belonged to the Umm-Al-Nar period in Al Mowaihat, Al Zahra and Masfout. They date back to the 2500-3500 BC and are important historic relics.
- Ajman has the largest dhow-building centre in the world.
- You can spot exotic birds at the Al Zawrah Nature Reserve and can even spot dolphins in the pristine beaches of the emirate.
- Life in Ajman is quiet, family-focused and relaxed.
The life in Ajman is quite different to the busier, social living of Dubai. For a more family-oriented, quieter lifestyle, Ajman may just be the place for you!
Savings can also be more significant in Ajman than in the neighbouring Dubai. With plenty of new developments being launched in the emirate, it is becoming more and more attractive for investors looking to buy in the Middle East. If you’re looking to purchase a property in Ajman, check out our first timer’s guide to buying property in Ajman. An increase in the number of tourists is also anticipated with the inauguration of the international airport.
Siddique Yaseen, CEO of Universal Properties Ajman remarked on the growing investor interest in the emirate and said:
“If you are planning to buy property in the UAE, Ajman is a great place to invest in. For those of you who want to buy or rent a studio or even a larger apartment, Ajman Downtown, Naemiya and Ajman Corniche are the some of the most attractive areas. When we look at the research across various communities in the country, Ajman offers one of the highest rental yields in the MENA region. Rental yields were pegged at 9.6% per annum between April and December 2017.
Check out some of the properties for rent in Ajman and let us know your thoughts on living in this charming city!