Ajman Museum showcases traditional professions and customs of the emirate. Image Credit: Gulf News archive/Megan Hirons Mahon

Dubai: Ajman's history goes back in time to 1800 and the historical records narrate that. The emirate was established by Al Naim tribe who took the land as a permanent residence and began to look for natural resources to help them settle in conveniently.

The land offered them a chain of choices such as fishing, diving, and farming, and that provided them with a handful of cash to be invested in small businesses of handmade personal stuff such as dresses, blankets, tents making among other unsophisticated professions.

In 1820, the former ruler of Ajman Shaikh Rashid Bin Al Nuaimi signed a general maritime agreement with Britain that confirmed the protectorate status of the emirate to keep the Ottoman Turks out.

Merchants started flowing into the emirate from 1900 and most of them began to inhabit it which had caused an increase in the population of Ajman.

The number of people who headed to the emirate observably increased in 1950 when the Crown Prince of that time Shaikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi got in charge of the national affairs; and the decade from 1950 to 1960 was locally known as the remarkable makeover of the emirate's history and subsequently announced the birth of the modern Ajman.

The emirate of Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates and covering an area of 260 square kilometres. It has a 16 kilometre long stretch of silvery beach.

The emirate is currently ruled by His Highness Shaikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman and Shaikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi is the Crown Prince.

Ajman became an emirate of the UAE on December 2, 1971.

The reign of the former Shaikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi lasted 53 years, from 1928 to 1981.

The future of the emirate was officially handed over to the Crown Prince, the current ruler of the emirate, Shaikh Humaid in 1981. Ajman is very famous for its heritage and culture and the government has paid a lot of attention to keep it preserved forever in bid to educate the coming generations about their past.

Crucial events

Ajman Museum was opened in 1981. Before it was officially turned into a national museum, it had witnessed a series of crucial events throughout the emirate's history.

It was a fort that dates back to the 18th century which was used as a stronghold for the emirate's leadership and also was relied on as a first line of defence against any attack and was later used as a palace of the Ruler's office until 1970.

The museum is furnished with the dustiest details of the ancient days of Ajman.

When you enter it you will feel as if entering a vintage chapter of history, the spirit of oldness is what really attracts most people to visit.

The museum showcases traditional professions and customs of the old days of the emirate, various collections of archeological artifacts, manuscripts, ancient weapons, besides the traditional medicine and religious practices of the bygone times.

The doors are always open for everyone including students from schools and colleges and it remains an authentic reference of information.