Tiny emirate Ajman gets a smart new beach resort

The Oberoi, Al Zorah, has been brought into being by a host of top names

The rooms, suites and villas at Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, were designed by Piero Lissoni
The rooms, suites and villas at Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, were designed by Piero Lissoni | Image: The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah

It’s the Emirate you may never have heard of. Tiny Ajman, nestled between Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain, is just an hour from Dubai’s airport, with a pleasing coastline of alternating mangrove forests and creamy-yellow sand beaches.

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Now it’s been put on the map in a new way, with the opening of The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah (oberoihotels.com; from £315), which brandishes a CV replete with top-shelf names, from Piero Lissoni (whose Milan-based design firm created Al Zorah’s 113 rooms, suites and beachfront villas), to Jack Nicklaus (who conceived the par-72, Troon-managed golf course). One of the most gratifying draws here, though, is nature – specifically the dozens of native and migrating bird species for the spotting.

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