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The quiet emirate of Ajman is slowly emerging out of the shadows of its more popular neighbors by launching several projects aimed at attracting tourist numbers and boosting its economy.
Work on the Ajman International Airport at the Al Manama area is currently ongoing. It was reported that commercial, residential and industrial developments will rise in the area near the airport to provide employee accommodation for airport employees, and space for commercial and industrial activities. Ajman has also added two new ports to its existing roster of ports. World-class hotels have opened branches in the emirate.
A massive project in the works is Al Zorah that is earmarked to become one of the region's hospitality and tourism hubs. It will occupy a vast stretch of land that will be divided into several components. Boutique hotels and luxury resorts will dot the entire landscape. Serviced residences and villas will also fill the area. An 18-hole golf course with a clubhouse is part of the master plan. A boardwalk will feature entertainment venues, retail shops, restaurants and cafes, while beauty, fitness and wellness centers will surround the development. There will be berthing facilities for yachts, tourist ports that can accommodate hundreds of tourist boats, a sports pier for watersports activities, and an area for desert activities. Bird watching trips in the lagoon and mangrove areas are in the horizon. Jogging and cycling trails will also be made available for fitness enthusiasts. The Al Zorah project is expected to be completed next year.
Just recently, Ajman finished its Ajman Marina project. Akin to the Abu Dhabi Corniche, it is complete with walking, jogging, cycling and skating tracks, recreational areas, restaurants, cafes, parking spaces, among others.
• Work on Ajman International Airport in Al Manama ongoing
• Al Zorah to become one of the region's hospitality, tourism hubs
• Ajman Marina, akin to Abu Dhabi Corniche, is already finished
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer