|The Emirate of Ajman|
Ajman,the smallest of the seven emirates, comprises a streth of coast north-east of Sharjah and south-west of Umm Al Quwain and a couple of inland enclaves at Masfout and Manama. The emirate covers about 259 Sq km, equivalent to 0.3% of the country's total area. The population of the emirate has reached 235, 000 in 2004. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi succeeded his late father as the ruler of Ajman in 1981.
The city of Ajman, capital of the emirate, is located on the coast the Arabian Gulf. It comprises the Ruler's office, companies, banks and commercial markets. The Port of Ajman is located along a natural creek (Khor) which penetrates the town. The two major areas in the emirate are Masfout, which is an agricultural area located 110 km to the south east of the emirate, and Manama area located 60 km to the east.
Ajman has been transformed into an Emirate with modern facilities and amenities. The Emirate is also well connected with the rest of the UAE by modern highways and road network. Yet the traditional way of life has been preserved forming with the modern living environment a pleasant blend of the old and the new and the simple and sophisticated. Some of the regions such as Masfoot and Manama are rich in agriculture and farming. Masfoot is surrounded by mountains in all directions which provide a scenic backdrop to this region .
The United Arab Emirates is proud of their culture, heritage and history which forms the foundation of the country's present prosperity. The fortress in Ajman built way back in the 18th century is a symbol that reflects this rich heritage. The fortress was restored and now houses the famous Ajman Museum . Its prized possessions include the treasures of former Rulers, monuments, conventional industry, presentation of social life style and the traditional profession of the past .