A tranquil enclave with the UAE’s best beaches, Ajman is an Arabian haven for holidaymakers as well as wildlife

Why sell it?

This peaceful little Arabian oasis bisected by lagoons and mangrove forests, and fringed by natural sandy beaches, seems a world away from the glittering artifice of Dubai but it’s only a half-hour drive from Dubai International Airport.

Blessed with some of the UAE’s best beaches and a clutch of small luxury beach hotels that are quieter and more affordable than Dubai, the emirate is a haven for holidaymakers as well as wildlife, including resident flamingos that frequent the lagoon.

Who to sell to

For travellers in search of affordable winter sun within easy reach of the UK, Ajman is ideal. A mid-haul destination half-way between Europe and Asia, flight times are under seven hours and the range of direct flight options from the UK to nearby Dubai keep prices very reasonable. Ajman also offers excellent value for money, where even rates at the exclusive Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah are comparatively inexpensive.

Family-friendly hotels opening out onto safe stretches of sand also make it a great family beach holiday destination, while nature lovers will revel in the unspolit Al Zorah Nature Reserve.

What to sell

Ajman is a very nature-driven destination with perhaps the most unexpected sight in the UAE – the vast green coastal forests of Al Zorah – and pristine beaches just as nature intended. The protected Al Zorah wetlands act as a nursery for marine species, and provide a sanctuary for more than 60 bird species including greater spotted eagles, and greater flamingos. Visitors can explore with guided kayak tours of the mangroves, creeks and lagoons.

A pocket of authentic Arabia, the emirate is also a great place to sample the real UAE, with laid-back Souq Saleh sheltering colourful shops under its palm-frond covered roof, and Ajman Dhow Yard still building traditional wooden boats and offering a portal into the Arabia of old.

Visitors can take a dhow cruise up the creek, or get a history fix at the Ajman Museum, housed inside an 18th-century fortress at the centre of the restored heritage district. Recently reopened, the Ajman Pearl Tour takes visitors on an journey through the region's pearling trade.

For those who want to explore the highlights of neighbouring Emirates, Desert Adventures offers fun days out from Ajman such as the Heritage Desert Safari to Dubai’s Desert Conservation Reserve in a fleet of classic 1950s Land Cruisers and dawn hot air balloon rides over the desert.

When to sell it

The sun shines on Ajman year-round, and daytime temperatures rarely drop below the mid-twenties. From October to April, the climate is just right for a beach break.

How to sell it

Just 12 miles from Dubai Airport, Ajman can be a great switch-sell for customers interested in a fly-and-flop to Dubai. For a quiet beachside retreat away from the crowds, it’s an oasis of calm with a strong Arabian heritage. With most hotels providing a shuttle service between Ajman and Dubai, its famous neighbour is never far away.

Where to book it

Premier Holidays offers five nights at the Fairmont Ajman including flights from Gatwick with Emirates from £679pp. The price includes return private transfers, breakfast and a free upgrade tp a Deluxe room. Clients can upgrade to all-inclusive from £54pp.