Monday, April 29, 2013

The Expat Life: Ajman Museum

Museum Entrance
I finally managed to haul my lazy self to the Ajman Museum. I've been meaning to visit it for couple of years now, but somehow kept delaying the trip. The museum is situated in a central place very near to the Ajman bus stop. It isn't a particularly large one - you can probably complete the museum tour in an hour. But it is quite well maintained and gives us a peek into the history of Ajman. There were only a handful of people apart from me so I could really have a look around at leisure and take lots of photos without worrying about crowds. Entry fee: 5 AED per adult. Timings: Daily - 9 - 1 & 4 - 7. Closed on Fridays.

Narrow staircases

One complaint I had was that there didn't seem to be any museum guide to explain things to visitors. Of course, there were boards that explained stuff in both Arabic & English - but it would have been good to have a knowledgeable person who could answer a few questions that I had. Also, the museum is not very accessible to differently-abled people. There were many narrow steps that would have made it difficult for people with disabilities.

The museum is actually an old fortress. It consists of several rooms housing old photographs, official documents, weapons, musical instruments and also several tableaux representing scenes from everyday life of yore. One can learn a lot about the various traditions and trades of the Arabs through these lifelike scenes. Here are some pictures that I clicked in the museum. 

A tableau depicting a village scene
The evolution of weaponry: from bows & arrows to spears to daggers to guns
A domestic scene

The Arabic spice souq
An old-fashioned cafe replete with hookah et al!
A doctor of traditional medicine. Am I glad for advances in  the medical  field!

Arabic crockery & jewelry

Old official documents: Driving License & Passport. (Notice that it says Rs.5? Not sure why!)
Various traditional trades: Upholstery | Pearling | Rope Making & Basket Weaving

Various traditional trades: Blacksmith | Baker | Barber
The Bedouins in the desert
                                                           Arabic coffee anyone?
                                                         Musical instruments

                                                                          A Wooden Door with Carvings

A quaint Arabic tradition:

When a person is sick, a religious leader is requested to write verses from the Koran onto a plate using a  mixture of saffron & rose water. Then the plate is washed with rose water and the solution is given to the person who is ill to drink or is applied on affected body parts.


  1. Sounds very interesting, maybe I'll get to go someday :)

  2. Thanks for giving us a peek into the Arabic traditions Anne! I particularly found the last tradition interesting. Faith is held as the most effective cure in all cultures.

  3. Yes it was nice to know these things from the museum since I don't get to mingle much with the locals and learn about their traditions.

  4. Wow! Using human figurines to depict practices & clothing look nice!
    I love the concept of replenishing an old fort as a museum! Good idea!
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    1. Yes I agree. Although sometimes it was a little creepy since I was the only live person in the room surrounded by these lifelike statues!


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