DUBAI: There were shockwaves across the UAE yesterday after scientists declared that Ajman may no longer call itself an individual emirate. The area, measuring just 260 square kilometres, had long been considered the ‘seventh emirate’ of the UAE, but after extensive research, a team of experts yesterday announced that previous assumptions had been proved incorrect and it was merely a ‘satellite zone’ of Sharjah.
“It’s just far too small and inconsequential to call itself an emirate,” said Professor Ahmad Professor of the University of Hull, Abu Dhabi. “Has anyone actually been there recently? It makes Ras Al Khaimah looks like Vegas.”
Although the immediate consequences remain unclear, the move is expected to prove a blow for Ajman’s once booming development prospects. Construction of Ajman International Airport, Ajman Boulevard, Ajman Pearl Towers, Ajman Marina and Ajman Green City are likely to remain at a standstill, as they all have since 2008.