Tourism statistics indicate that visitors are taking notice of the emirate of Ajman, including it in their places to visit when traveling to the UAE. Yamina Aoucher – Director of Tourism Development & Marketing, Tourism Development Department, Ajman, talks to us about current tourism trends in Ajman…
We have seen increased arrivals from Europe, Africa, Asia, America and the region despite several factors that affect the global travels. We are also seeing arrivals from new markets, both as individual and group travels so we are optimistic that it would be fruitful for the tourism industry in the years to come. Tourism is an integral part of Ajman and UAE’s economy. Destination hotels, marinas, shopping centres and other attractions are all part of the changing landscape of Ajman – making it a place to see and be seen. New luxury hotels, wildlife attractions and waterfront tourist resorts are on the horizon. One of Ajman’s biggest attractions is Al Zorah, a unique lifestyle and leisure destination to the north of the city. Al Zorah is characterized by its striking greenery and will feature five-star beach resorts, Creek-side residences, a golf course and golf club to host local and international golfing competition, a wellness centre, fine dining restaurants and more.
TOURISM IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF AJMAN AND UAE’S ECONOMY
What kinds of tourism are you hoping to develop?
The Emirate of Ajman is working hard to cater to all types of tourists – business or professional, leisure and holiday, tourists travelling to visit friends and relatives and the so-called millennials or youth tourists.
For the business or MICE markets, our hotels have spacious meeting rooms and ballrooms that can accommodate exhibitions, trade shows, product launches, conferences and workshops. The facilities are equipped with state-of-the art technology that can provide video conferencing, conference calls and more.
The emirate also created a business friendly environment through the Ajman Free Zone that has attracted a great number of companies to bene t from the investment privileges it offers.
For the leisure or holiday tourists, we take pride in offering a variety of historical, cultural and recreational activities including religious attractions. Our ancient archaeological sites showcase the heritage of the emirate while Ajman’s castle and forts, majestic mountains and spacious valleys provide a rich backdrop for the steady growth of the hospitality and entertainment sectors.