Ajman museum is from the 18th century fort and former ruler’s residence which was converted into a museum in the 1980’s. The building features artifacts including centuries-old manuscripts and weaponry to models of wooden dhows and ingenious irrigation systems.
One of the most famous displays is an excavated cemetery discovered in the Al Muwaihat area, which features pottery and funeral jewellery dating back as far as 3000 BC. This was a former fishing village, Ajman also relied heavily on pearl fishing and there is a section specifically devoted to what was once one of the most important pastimes in the region.
Ajman Museum is housed in an 18th century fortress that was earlier used as a stronghold for the Emirates leadership and as a first line of defense. The fort was the ruler’s palace and then was converted as the Ajman police station. Two wind towers and two watch towers were maintained when the fort was renovated. A massive gate and two cannons can be seen on the front of the fort. Valuable as this destination that tells about the local history and heritage, the place highlights various aspects of the past. The Ajman Museum with displays of lifestyle and traditional professions includes a huge collection of archeological artifacts, manuscripts and old weapons as well as displays of medical and religious practices are on display.
Ajman Museum is located in the centre of Ajman, next to the Gold and Traditional Souqs, the Museum is walking distance from the Corniche. People can drive time from Dubai is 1 hour 14 minutes on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. A well placed City Sightseeing bus stop grants easy access to the area.
Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) is the principal authority tasked with the strategic planning, development and promotion of Ajman as a tourism destination with aim of attracting tourists from around the world. ATDD proposes legislation, rules and also regulations aimed at developing the tourism sector in Ajman, working in cooperation with other government authorities.
ATDD works with stakeholders to enhance and improve tourism facilities and services. The department also manages the classification system for hotels and hotel apartments and the licensing, classification and supervision of tourism and travel agencies. The department is responsible for promoting Ajman locally, regionally and internationally via conferences, exhibitions and promotional campaigns.
The museum on the east side of the central square in the Al Bustan area. The museum opens from Saturday – Thursday (08:00 – 20:00), and on Friday (14:30 – 20:00) and displays are annotated in both Arabic and English.
Ajman Fort & Museum
Ajman – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.: +971 6 711 6666
Photo courtesy: www.ajmantourism.ae
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