Al Zorah is located on the coast on the old road to Umm al Quwain and Ras al Khaimah. The million square foot mangrove forest and nature reserve is home to many species of birds and temporary home to many more during the migratory season. If bird-watching is your thing, this is the place for you.
A 12km-long waterfront goes along one side of the mangrove forest whilst the sea lies on the other. The waterfront leads to Ajman Marina where you can dine, drink coffee, take a boat ride, enjoy water sports and your children can play in the play park, Funtastico.
On the opposite side of the road to Marina 1 is Quest for Adventure where you can take a kayak through the mangroves, go wake boarding, try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, get soaked on an inflatable ringo ride, pedal a pedalo, hire a bike, practise your archery skills or invite your friends for archery tag. (Photo credit: Quest for Adventure)
Zorah Beach is right at the end of the peninsula and looks out to a beautiful light blue sea in the daytime. Later it becomes darker as the sun gets lower before turning a lovely silvery blue as the sun starts to go down. It is a popular spot for caravans and for fishing in the daytime and campfires and barbecues in the evening.
There are also private areas further down the beach such as the new Bianky Beach Camp where you can stay overnight in their chalets, bungalows and tents or buy a day pass. They have a pool, bar, restaurant, sheltered seating areas along the beach, barbecue areas. More activities are planned soon.
Between Bianky Beach and the public beach is Caravana which rents out camper-vans each with a private beach! The caravans come in three different sizes and have a/c, TV, cooking facilities and shower. In the beach area they have garden seating, a swing, small volleyball net, small barbecue. You can also pitch tents on your beach and invite visitors over to your beach too. There is a small mini-mart but the marina is nearby if you want to eat or order out. Activities include horse riding and water sports.
For those who like more luxury, on the coastal side of the waterfront is the Oberoi Hotel. (Photo credit: Oberoi Hotels)
And on the other side is an 18-hole golf course. What a great place to play, along the mangroves spotting flamingos, herons, egrets and Arabian bee-eaters while you wait your turn.
Back on the main road, there are various dining options from Shakespeare’s and The Grove in the Zorah Pavilion to Spot food trucks and the relaxed Litchy Sushi Lounge with its palette seating and comfy cushions. All of these overlook the mangroves.
There are also two walks in Zorah. The first is a paved walkway and starts at the Marina, goes round by Quest for Adventure and alongside the mangroves towards the golf club and is several kilometres long going almost the full length from the marina to the roundabout on Ittihad road. The other is just under 5km, starts in Safiya Park car park and has a jogging track with paved sides for cycling. It takes a circular route with the lagoon on one side and the mangrove forest on the other. There is a shore along the lagoon where you can stop off for a rest and once you reach the thicker mangrove forest, look out for birds of prey circling around. (At the time of writing, solar lighting was being installed so it can be used at night too.) There are normally a lot of flamingos, cormorants, etc in this part of the lagoon. This winter there aren’t many flamingos and the cormorants have just moved further up the shore, but hopefully they will return once work has been completed on the path. There are still lots of herons, egrets, curlews and other birds around though.
If you choose to buy one of the new villas at Al Zorah, you could enjoy all of these things every day!
Ajman has recently been in several newspapers as a great new tourist destination and whether you’re flying in from overseas or planning a staycation, there’s certainly something for everyone at Al Zorah.