North of Sharjah, Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates. Although still comparatively laid back, it too has been swept up in a wave of development in recent years. Additions include the big Ajman City Centre mall, fine hotels and the Emirates City residential area.
For visitors, the main attraction is the pretty, palm-lined, white-sand beach. Strolling along the Corniche, where locals like to barbecue and picnic in cooler weather, is a pleasant way to while away some time.