Fort and Ajman Museum

Emirate Ajman is not rich in attractions and entertainment for tourists, which is not surprising, because he is the smallest in the UAE. Local Museum in Forte is the main cultural attraction of the Emirate. Here you can look at the life of Emirats to the oil era and see the most valuable historical artifacts. About this museum tell in detail in our article.

Now (February 2021) Museum and Fort Ajman open to visit. Be sure to comply with covid security measures, read about them in the article on the link above.

Where is and how to get

Fort is located in the Central District of Al-Bustan. From the embankment and beach hotels about 1 kilometer. Most tourists prefer not to go on foot, and take a taxi for 10 dirhams. Dirhama Course See our article "United Arab Emirates", tariffs in the article "Taxi in the UAE".

Al-Musalla bus station is located near the fort ("Al Musalla"), from where buses will go to Dubai, about what we told in detail in the review "How to get from Ajman to Dubai".

Ticket price

For adult – 5 dirhams. For a child (up to 12 years old) – 1 dirham.

Opening hours

From Saturday to Thursday – from 8:00 to 20:00. Friday – from 14:30 to 20:00.

A bit of history

Fort was built in the 18th century, unfortunately, the exact date of unknown. Until 1970, Fort served as a residence of Emirov Ajman.

In 1970, Emir Rashid moved to a new residence, and in Forte staged a police station. In 1981, the Museum organized in Fort.

This is a museum on the concept of "all in one". The Fort itself shows the traditional architecture in the UAE, the exhibition of the emirates to the oil era was organized in the yard, inside the main historical values ​​and archaeological finds.

That is, it is also a historical, and archaeological, and the ethnographic museum at the same time. For tourists it is very convenient – everything is in one place.

What to see

Before the gate, there are two guns of the British Empire Protectorate Epoch. Fort once defended the city from Bedouin raids.

The Fort Building is built from coral stone – the sole available for the ancient residents of the UAE strong building material. Not every resident could afford a house of coral stone, and only Emir was available from it from it.

Immediately behind the goal of the courtyard, where the Arab boat "DOU" and materials are exhibited from which such boats were made. Ajman was once an advanced builder of Dow boat among all Emirates.

In the courtyard you can watch the traditional dwelling of the residents of the UAE, it was built from palm leaves. Such dwellings are surprisingly strong, and may consist of several rooms. Inside there are sleeping places with mattresses.

In the buildings of the Fort, you can see the collection of artifacts with archaeological excavations in Al-Muvaihat, where there was a settlement of people of Culture Umm Ansen. On the ancient cultures on the territory of the modern UAE, we were told in detail in the article "History of the UAE". Exhibited ceramics and funeral decorations.

The exposition of al-Muvaihat artifacts is very interesting to historians and are very valuable for emirates, because this is the proof of the oldest history of their country. But tourists do not cause delight. More interest in tourists calls the Hadjar collection and other ancient weapons, rifles and ammunition.

Fort and Ajman Museum

The collection of documents is very curious, here you need to see two subjects. The first is the oldest in Ajman Book Quran. The second subject is the "maritime agreement" between the Emir of Ajman and the representative of Great Britain.

Such contracts in the mid-19th century signed emirs with the British, hitting the British Protectorate. In fact, the Emirates have become completely dependent on England, but they got protected against the threat of the Ottoman Empire. Who knows that there would be no this contract, the UAE could now be the territory of Turkey.

Most of the rooms show scenes from the life of the United Arab Emirates in ancient times, this is the ethnographic part of the museum. Mannequins in suits perfectly recreated old times show scenes production of fishing gear, cure the sick, vacation, barber job, various crafts.

One hour is enough to see the whole museum. On weekdays, there are almost no people.

Tips for tourists

– Signs with explanations of the exhibits in English and Arabic, in Russian there is not expected;

– The box office can only pay dirhams. Change money in advance, read our review of "How to change the currency in the UAE";

– Museum premises are air-conditioned, it is convenient to spend the hottest part of the day;

– If you are hungry or thirsty, go to the nearest skyscraper, there is a cafe and shop;

– If after leaving the museum, turn right, then you get to the Gold Souk.

Good excursions in Ajman, and read our interesting article about the United Arab Emirates (Links below).

Fort and Ajman Museum

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