The city has a population of 225,000 (2003 census estimate). The urban area runs directly into the city of Sharjah along the coast to the south west, which in turn is adjacent to Dubai, forming a continuous urban area.
Ajman is home to the Ruler’s office, companies, commercial markets, and about 50 international and local retail shops. Banking interests include: Ajman Bank, Arab Bank PLC, Bank Saderat Iran, and Commercial Bank of Dubai.
This late 18th-century fort served as the ruler’s residence until 1970 and also saw a stint as the police station. Now a museum, it illustrates aspects of Ajman’s past with an assortment of photographs, weapons, tools and archaeological artefacts.